Originally Posted by Flod
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OK. Now we can start from the beginning. Almost. We don't know how the windlass came to be on the boat, who installed it or if it ever worked correctly. Adding the remote just confused the issue.
is pretty simple. Large cables go from the battery to the contactor (relay) and from there to the actual windlass. There should be overcurrent protection in the positive conductor near the connection to the battery. There are control wires from the switch(s) to the contactor. All the contactor does is switch the current
from the battery to the windlass and reverse the polarity to reverse the windlass.
The windlass and contactor have nothing to do with the engine or the alternator and assuming a way to keep the batteries
charged, there would not even have to be an engine on the boat for the windlass to operate.
Get the wiring diagram for the windlass (and contactor) and compare it to the wiring in your boat. Something is connected incorrectly (I can't imagine anything that would cause this strange operation). Find what is connected wrong and correct it. Or, pull all the wires loose and just start over, following the installation