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Old 11-24-2016, 03:49 PM
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Need some guidance. 1999 Proline 25'1" WA. Purchased 2 years back. Has a Powerwinch free fall windlass mounted to the pulpit.

The issue is 50% of the time when needed flip the switch up and all you hear is a click. Flip it down and same thing just a click. A continuous click which I assume is the solenoid. But no movment.

Occasionally you get lucky and it works flawless. Just now I figured out a way to bypass it and drop the anchor manually. With no rode or chain fed through it it operated perfect. Up and down 100 times with no issue. So I fed the chain and rode back through and it operated fine if i let it hang off the front and lowered and raised it from there.

So next I pulled the anchor all the way up tight againt the bow roller and from then on it would not release again. Went back to clicking.

Is there somethi g I should look into or is it time to replace?
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I have similar experience and believe to have figured it out. The click you hear is a relay, not the motor noise.

In my case I have a breaker that kind of half opens. The cause is the last torque of the motor when the anchor is up, but I hear it can also happens if you try to pull the anchor when the boat isn't on top of the anchor (basically try to pull the boat).

The solution is to turn off the breaker and turn it back on. Believe me, the breaker seems ok if you just look at it.
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Originally Posted by rpontual View Post
I have similar experience and believe to have figured it out. The click you hear is a relay, not the motor noise.

In my case I have a breaker that kind of half opens. The cause is the last torque of the motor when the anchor is up, but I hear it can also happens if you try to pull the anchor when the boat isn't on top of the anchor (basically try to pull the boat).

The solution is to turn off the breaker and turn it back on. Believe me, the breaker seems ok if you just look at it.

Any idea where to look for the breaker? I have a switch next to the steering wheel. That brings it up and down. When i flip that up or down I hear the click in the windlass body?

Where do I look
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Behind reverse gear is a fiber washer, it's called shock absorber. Every time you hit switch, gear slammed into it, eventually destroy it. I used 1/8" thick leather and punch it out. And no grease inside anywhere, resist that temptation. If outside gasket deteriorated, use clear silicon, like clear westmarine, not 5200.
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Originally Posted by djeepin View Post
Behind reverse gear is a fiber washer, it's called shock absorber. Every time you hit switch, gear slammed into it, eventually destroy it. I used 1/8" thick leather and punch it out. And no grease inside anywhere, resist that temptation. If outside gasket deteriorated, use clear silicon, like clear westmarine, not 5200.

The breaker may be right off the battery. The spin off gear also has a fiber washer. Unfortunately, they won't sell the fiber washer alone any more.


Thanks for the tip about the leather washer and grease.


Parts can be gotten from:


http://www.tesstools.net/Powerwinch_...ses_s/2220.htm
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Originally Posted by KGonzalez23 View Post
Any idea where to look for the breaker? I have a switch next to the steering wheel. That brings it up and down. When i flip that up or down I hear the click in the windlass body?

Where do I look
Mine has a breaker that is close the main battery switch.

I also have the switch to bring up and down by the cockpit helm station.
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I would check to see if this unit uses a Contactor. If so, that is what you hear clicking and that is probably the problem. Location could be anywhere as this is "dealer/ owner installed"
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Originally Posted by Mud Runner View Post
The breaker may be right off the battery. The spin off gear also has a fiber washer. Unfortunately, they won't sell the fiber washer alone any more.


Thanks for the tip about the leather washer and grease.


Parts can be gotten from:


http://www.tesstools.net/Powerwinch_...ses_s/2220.htm
I had all the same problems with my Powerwinch over and over again Tried to save a $100 or $200 buying Powerwinch...should have spend the difference and bought Lewmar.

I had taken my windlass apart so many times...I was like a Navy Seal...I could take it apart blindfolded and in the dark!

Mine even went back to an authorized factory service repair shop...came back looking like it was thrown down a gravel driveway on the outside.

After complaints and many calls....they shipped me a brand new one. Same issues with new one...and now I live with it and nurse it along.

I wouldn't recomend their windlasses...although I have read most guys like there boat winches.
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with anything electrical on a boat I start with checking ALL of the wiring and connections for corrosion.

Just sayin'

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