I am the individual in the field Valmika spoke of. Finally getting to a cafe where I have wifi
OKAY- A little more background on this issue...
When I left for the island- the windlass
worked. I dropped anchor- pulled it up with windlass (no issues!) and found a new spot. Upon trying to pull anchor
up again- windlass wasn't working at all. (The motor wasn't even trying to spin. I could hear the solenoid down beneath clicking as I pushed the up and down directions on deck). Figured I'd be pulling up manually now so I let it be for 2 days. Upon returning- it was magically working. BUT- I noticed the motor was getting voltage at BOTH the up and down directions.
First question- is that normal? I assumed that maybe that was overheating
the motor. The windlass was working at the time. I disconnected the 'down' cable and was only going to use the up and release w/ clutch
like previously discussed... only problem is NOW the windlass won't work! It was working when it had both the hot up/down connected, but when I disconnected the down, the windlass wouldn't work
. Ugh. I reconnected the down cable thinking it would work again, but now the solenoid is just clicking like it was when it was not working beforehand.
As I jump the switches from down below, the solenoid is still releasing 13.5v's out of both the down and up terminals... yet the motor won't spin. I have no clue as to what the issue could be.
(It's an old Maxwell Nilsson
Any thoughts what I should do? It's a 55lb anchor
and a lot of chain... not looking forward to winching that up if I don't have too!