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Kevdon22 Posted - Jun 26 2012 : 18:47:09
Posted this under engines,etc.
Thought someone with a Silverton might know how they installed Windlasses.

Tried my first anchoring exercise of the season yesterday and found that the windlass would not work. I tested it before boat launch and it did work about a month ago. Lucky that my son was on board to launch and retrieve anchor with the clutch loosened.

I checked the circuit breaker in the bilge near the battery and there is voltage on both sides.

Neither the switch at the bridge nor the buttons at the bow do anything.

Is there another breaker near or within the windlass? When I flip the switch there is no voltage drop on the gauge. Also the circuit breaker near the battery does not trip. Did not time to troubleshoot Sunday.

I wonder if there is a breaker in the control system somewhere.

Any thoughts?

The windlass is a horizon express installed on a 1999 Silverton 422 and has never had any repairs yet.

Appreciate any comments.
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Caryl-d Posted - Jul 20 2012 : 11:28:37
Thats what I get for not checking the other section first, glad to see you found the problem
Caryl-d Posted - Jul 20 2012 : 11:22:25
I may be late but there should only be one breaker. There should have been a relay solenoid by the breaker that could be the problem. The first area I would check is under the bow in the anchor locker. There should be a buss bar that the windlas connects to. Have someone press the up or down butoon and see if the is power to the bar when pressed. If so the solenoid is good. I have had problems with the connections on the bus bar corroding causing a bad connection. Clean them up and see if that helps. You may have to prick the wires going to the motor from the bus buss bar to confirm a good connection. If it is good then its the motor. I believe Horizon is out of buisness so you may have a hard time finding a replacement motor.

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