Windless Rubber Caps


Mark Erdos
 

Does anyone have a source (preferably USA) for the rubber caps for the windless buttons? The buttons are fine, but the caps need replacement. Thanks


 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - French Polynesia

www.creampuff.us

 


Mike Longcor (SV Trilogy)
 

Hi Mark,

I struggled to find just the caps, though a source for them must exist somewhere. We found that the caps off of a standard, inexpensive pushbutton switch fit perfectly. We found them for as little as $6NZD here (Jaycar). Just an idea, maybe it helps you.

Cheers,
Mike Longcor
SV Trilogy SM23
NZ

On Thu, Jun 16, 2022, 6:37 AM Mark Erdos <mcerdos@...> wrote:

Does anyone have a source (preferably USA) for the rubber caps for the windless buttons? The buttons are fine, but the caps need replacement. Thanks


 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - French Polynesia

www.creampuff.us

 


Mark McGovern
 

Mike,

Is this the switch w/rubber cover that you purchased from Jaycar NZ that worked?: 

Link: Switch





--
Mark McGovern
SM #440 Cara
Annapolis, MD USA


Alan Leslie
 

Hi Mark,
I used those as well...they are available from lots of places -Google is your friend.
As far as i can tell there's nothing particularly special about the switches Amel used on the Lofrans windlass.
AND, I have recently installed a Lofrans hand-held remote control in the port side locker.
It has a curly cord that allows you to operate the windlass closer to the bow rather than having to do acrobatics with your right toe while leaning forward !
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437


Mark Erdos
 

 


Alan,

Please share a link for a site from which you have purchased the caps. Thanks.

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - French Polynesia

www.creampuff.us


On 6/17/2022 10:31 PM, Alan Leslie wrote:
Hi Mark,
I used those as well...they are available from lots of places -Google is your friend.
As far as i can tell there's nothing particularly special about the switches Amel used on the Lofrans windlass.
AND, I have recently installed a Lofrans hand-held remote control in the port side locker.
It has a curly cord that allows you to operate the windlass closer to the bow rather than having to do acrobatics with your right toe while leaning forward !
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437


Mike Longcor (SV Trilogy)
 

Hi Mark,

I bought them in person so I don't have a link, but those look exactly right. I think the profile is slightly taller than the originals (just a couple mm). This doesn't really matter as you can still push the switch and they seal and keep the water out. If I find one still in the package - onboard or in the store - I will confirm.

Cheers,
Mike Longcor
SV Trilogy SM23
NZ


On Fri, Jun 17, 2022, 10:28 PM Mark McGovern <mfmcgovern@...> wrote:
Mike,

Is this the switch w/rubber cover that you purchased from Jaycar NZ that worked?: 

Link: Switch





--
Mark McGovern
SM #440 Cara
Annapolis, MD USA


Mark McGovern SV Cara
 

Mike,

Fantastic! For the life of me I cannot find these switches or anything like it in the USA.  However, I found what appears to be that exact switch sold by Jaycar on AliExpress for US$2.19 each.  I ordered six (6) and with shipping the whole thing cost me a whopping US$27.38.  When they arrive I will see if the rubber cap fits or not.  If it does, I'll report back and will include the link from AliExpress.


Alan Leslie
 

Hi Mark,
I bought them from Jaycar in Australia...actually in the shop, not online.
Cheers
Alan


Mark Erdos
 


 

Just the caps or the whole switch? I am looking for replacement caps.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - French Polynesia

www.creampuff.us


On 6/18/2022 11:05 AM, Alan Leslie wrote:
Hi Mark,
I bought them from Jaycar in Australia...actually in the shop, not online.
Cheers
Alan


Kevin Schmit
 

If you need the entire switch with rubber cap, you can buy from Vetus here in USA for $43/ech.  See info and part# below:

Kevin,

 

I apologize for the delay.

 

AFSTPB is only one direction. You will need to purchase Qty 2

 

AFSTPB is in stock ETA 5-7 business days. Price is 43.84 each

 

Above I attached our Credit Card Authorization Form you may fill out and return or feel free to call me at the office to place your order.

 

Thank you.

 

Mike Haberlan, Sales & Tech Support  |  Vetus Marine

135 Imperial Street  |  Merritt Island, FL 32952

Office: 321.454.3375  |  Fax: 321.452.7966

Mike.Haberlan@... www.vetusmarine.com


--
Kevin & Kristen Schmit
KIANA
SM #362


Alan Leslie
 

Hi Mark,
The Jaycar unit is a complete switch.
It's slightly different construction to the original - probably not as good hence so much cheaper.
The cap is integral with the button...if you unscrew the cap it exposes the internals of the switch.
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437
Anchored in a secure anchorage in a SE gale in the Bay of Islands NZ
35 14.431S, 174 14.57E


Mark McGovern
 

Fellow Windlass Switch Cover Seekers,

The replacement windlass switches with rubber cover finally arrived.  The rubber covers are an almost perfect fit over the original Amel switches.  Here is the link for the switch on Aliexpress: https://www.aliexpress.com/p/order/detail.html?orderId=8151556863136547

The Aliexpress switches appear to be identical to the one's Mike and Alan found in Jaycar in Australia and New Zealand:  https://www.jaycar.us/5a-dc-spst-waterproof-momentary-pushbutton-switch-30mm-diameter/p/SP0732

As expected given the price, the switches are quite cheaply constructed.  However, the molded rubber cover appears to made from reasonably thick rubber.  Time will tell how long they will last.  I will report back when they do finally succumb to UV damage.

To be clear, I am NOT using the switch, just the rubber cover.

Here are a few pics for reference:






--
Mark McGovern
SM #440 Cara
Annapolis, MD USA


Mike Longcor (SV Trilogy)
 

Hi Mark,

That's the way! Glad to hear the caps worked for you.

I'd recommend some type of UV cover for the windlass - we've used an old fender cover, old canvas bag, etc. Unless of course you're trying to test the longevity of those caps directly. Just be aware they may fail in a way that phantom operates the windlass, which can cause big problems at the wrong times. Or may prevent proper function of the windlass when you really need it. We always keep the control breaker switch off and the windlass covered whenever we can.

Also, some seal, gasket, or sealant should probably be used between the big ring/donut and the metal of the windlass. I could see that being a path for water into the electric motor housing.

At any rate, hopefully you're sorted for years to come.

Cheers,
Mike Longcor
SV Trilogy SM23
NZ

On Wed, Jul 6, 2022, 7:34 AM Mark McGovern <mfmcgovern@...> wrote:
Fellow Windlass Switch Cover Seekers,

The replacement windlass switches with rubber cover finally arrived.  The rubber covers are an almost perfect fit over the original Amel switches.  Here is the link for the switch on Aliexpress: https://www.aliexpress.com/p/order/detail.html?orderId=8151556863136547

The Aliexpress switches appear to be identical to the one's Mike and Alan found in Jaycar in Australia and New Zealand:  https://www.jaycar.us/5a-dc-spst-waterproof-momentary-pushbutton-switch-30mm-diameter/p/SP0732

As expected given the price, the switches are quite cheaply constructed.  However, the molded rubber cover appears to made from reasonably thick rubber.  Time will tell how long they will last.  I will report back when they do finally succumb to UV damage.

To be clear, I am NOT using the switch, just the rubber cover.

Here are a few pics for reference:






--
Mark McGovern
SM #440 Cara
Annapolis, MD USA