We encounter large numbers of windlasses that don't work, particularly from seasonal residents that have had their vessel sitting idle for a number of months. The most common reason is because water leaked onto the drive motor or electrical controls, most often from a rope locker hatch nearby that leaks water onto the unit.
Yet another reason stems from people applying too much strain on the windlass. When this happens, it breaks the bedding seal under the winch base and water starts to leak onto the motor. Periodically check your windlass motor and controls. If you see rust developing on the motor, it usually means you've got a leak, and if you don't do something about it soon, you'll most likely be facing an expensive replacement.
If you have electrical control boxes that are getting wet from a leaking hatch, try covering them with some plastic sheet to keep the water off. Keep in mind that winches have very high amperage draws and that corroded wire connections can develop high resistance that can start a fire, so keep all terminal connections clean.
If you're experiencing anchor windlass problems or corrosion on your vessel, give us a call today at#MarinerServicesInc. at (239)776-4253 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation!