locked Re: tb/AMEL 54 outhaul protector burn out Mid Atlantic/AYOG + COVID

Bill Kinney


The very high amperage draw you see (100A) would indicate that the motor is mechanically stalled, and your problem has nothing to do with high resistance in the cables. If that amperage was measure correctly, it is WAY higher than these motors should draw under normal load.

Have you checked the manual furler gear box?  If the top seal in one of these fails, the bearings can quickly corrode until they seize. When was the last time you had that apart to replace the seals and inspect the bearings & gears? Have you tried turning the gear box with the winch handle? When you drop the motor from the foil, can you easily turn the foil by hand?  If not, that's your problem.

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Le Marin, Martinique

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