Maybe some of the electrical
savants on here can help me diagnose and solve a problem. It's a big one for me now because I can't rely on my windlass
, but I think I have ruled out any major mechanical problems with the windlass
. Here are the "clues" and steps taken so far.
I have a vertical (Ideal brand) windlass. Recently I went to push the foot pedal and I heard a click in the solenoid but the windlass wouldn't work
- the motor
wouldn't run. I disconnected the solenoid and the foot switch and powered it directly to the positive and negative and the motor
was still intermittent....it worked, but then it didn't work
. So then I bought a new solenoid.
i replaced the solenoid and also verified that the foot switch wasn't the problem. I reattached the wiring
to the solenoid and everything worked. I checked it multiple times. Then a few days later (in 70 feet of water
with 275 feet of line and chain out, but that's another story) I pushed the foot switch, and I could hear the solenoid engage or click, but the windlass wouldn't work. So I was concerned that maybe the positive power post in the motor itself might have a short of some time, which would be a real hassle because I would have to drain the oil
from the gearbox
and have someone fix the power connection inside the motor.
But then other clues emerged.
* I tried another time and while I was on deck
pushing the foot pedal while holding my hand on the wire lifeline I noticed a shock. I thought, what's that all about?
* The next morning there was dew on the deck
- it was very damp. When I pushed the foot pedal there were sparks at the bottom of the wildcat (bronze) on the deck of the boat
and the windlass started running.
So this indicates to me that there is a short somewhere. The motor is fine and when the windlass is working it is great. My question is how to go about finding the short.
Anybody that can help me figure this out will be named an honorary hero!