I found the source of the reduced power to the windlass. It was the contact points inside the windlass control box. I took photos and documented the steps I took to solve this. I will post more tomorrow after I install a new prop using the in-the-water tool. We pulled anchor outside a marina today to enter the marina for a special 65th birthday dinner tonight. I failed to secure the anchor snubber line and while backing the bow thruster found the line for me.
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BeBe SM2k #387
Currently Fethiye Turkey.
--- In amelyachtowners@..., Chris Smither <yachtakwaaba@...> wrote:
Â Â I had a similar problem on the Santorin Lofrans windlass, which I solved by cleaning the carbon dust from the motor commutator, and then " cutting back" theÂ accumulated gunk between the commutator segments.
Â Â This used to be an accepted part of dc motor maintenance, and was routinely done, but withÂ the modern "replace not repair" seems to have been neglected.
Â Â However, after doing that once, and it happening again, some 5 yrs later, I took the windlass off and stripped it completely, replacing all the bearings and seals, and getting the motor serviced , cleaned, revarnished, balanced and then replaced.
So far so good.
From: Judy and Bill aboard SV BeBe <yahoogroups@...>
Sent: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 11:06 PM
Subject: [Amel] Lofrans Tigres 1200w Windlass
Call me crazy, but it seems like the Lofrans Tigres 1200w Windlass is losing power.
I replaced the house and starter batteries less than a year ago, and when the old batteries were weak, I did not notice a lack of power.
Has anyone experienced this and do you have clues or advice?
BeBe, SM2k, #387
Currently Fethyie, Turkey