A short update. First thanks to everyone who responded!
connections looked good, no corrosion
at all. In our opinion, the wire is sized right, #2 wire I believe. We tested the voltage without the engine running and saw a drop to 11.6v while running the windless. We didn't feel this was a significant drop.
We had previously changed the oil
, and as I mentioned, the old oil looked pretty good. But we put new in, worked it around, and changed it again.
Finally we took everything apart. Everything inside looks great. The brushes look very good and move easily. Even the seals
look good, but we got new seals
for it. We could find nothing broken or that appeared to be suffering from wear except the gypsy
. We got a new one (in Grenada
Marine), but the new stainless steel
chain (bought in St. Martin at Island Water
World) doesn't lay in it well. It is as if the links are just a little to long. We have sent an email
to Island Water
World asking for help matching a gypsy
for our windless to the chain. You would think chain would be pretty standardized by now, but the 3/8" stl.st. at Budget Marine
clearly fit the new gypsy here.
So for the time being, we have just put everything back together with the old gypsy. One solution (?) I came across on the Internet
said to keep your foot on the gypsy while operating the windless (with a sturdy soled shoe) -- I not so sure I'm keen on that idea. I don't really know that the gypsy is the problem, but it is the only that we can point to that isn't 100%.
Still scratching my head!