Need help troubleshooting what I think must be an electrical
problem of some sort on a 2013 Benneteau Oceanis
of the problem is as follows:
Initially the bowthruster was working every time when operated from the control panel
at the helm
Then the bowthruster started only intermittently working when operated from the control panel
at the helm
- it was random, sometimes it would work
and sometimes it wouldn't.
Then last weekend we took the boat
out and motor
sailed for a few hours and tried to drop anchor
at a barrier island and the windlass
would not operate from the wired remote
at the bow. We motor
sailed back to harbor and when we got back, again the bow thruster would not come on from the control panel at the helm and when we got the boat
back into the slip the control panel for the engine
power and we had to shut the engine
off with the manual button on the engine.
Then went back out to the boat this weekend to troubleshoot and when we turned the boat on, the engine control panel at the helm had power, the engine fired up, the bow thruster worked and the windlass
worked. I checked the two batteries
in the bow (one runs the bow thruster and one runs the windlass I believe) anyway and both are good. I cleaned the terminals on both batteries
in the bow and reconnected them. Again the engine started up from the engine control panel by the helm, the bow thruster worked and the windlass worked. I also removed the engine control panels
and inspected them for corrosion
and loose wires and there was none, so I just reinstalled them.
I'm worried the bow thruster, windlass and engine control panel power loss problem may not be fully solved
though because the loss of power to the bow thruster has been going on on and off for the past few months and now there was the new problem of the windlass not working and the engine control panel losing power last weekend, so I'm not sure I can trust that we won't lose power to the bow thruster, windlass and engine control panel again and makes me hesitant to take the boat out.
Has anyone had similar problems before?
Any ideas on what to do next or what the problem may be?