Re: Lofrans Tigres 1200w Windlass

Judy and Bill aboard SV BeBe <yahoogroups@...>

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.

More tomorrow

BeBe SM2k #387
Currently Fethiye Turkey.

--- In amelyachtowners@..., Chris Smither <yachtakwaaba@...> wrote:

   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" the  accumulated gunk between the commutator segments.
   This used to be an accepted part of dc motor maintenance, and was routinely done, but with  the modern "replace not repair" seems to have been neglected.
   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.

Phuket. Thailand

From: Judy and Bill aboard SV BeBe <yahoogroups@...>
To: amelyachtowners@...
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

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