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Friday, January 30, 2015

Windlass Remote - Experiment

Recently I've been having problems with one of my windlass foot controller switches.  The problem stems from the base not properly sealed against the deck.  This allowed sea-water to seep into the switch mechanism and corrode the contacts.  Previously, I tried cleaning the contacts, which was a temporary fix.  I eventually replaced the switch and properly bedded to the deck.

Options


In looking around options for controlling our windlass, I've been thinking about a hand-held remote.  There are wired versions, particularly the Quick  HRC remote, which retails for around $100.

This is pretty slick and would work well in the anchor locker of our Tartan 3500.








There are various wireless remotes.  Pictured is the Lewmar remote, starting at $250.
There are also inexpensive wireless control units found on eBay. These run between $13 and $20, some include two remotes, others a large remote and keychain remote, and this one claims to be waterproof!  I couldn't pass up this experiment.

Surprisingly enough, the remote is pretty solid, with a good feel to the on/off button and the up/down.  The receiver is of comparable quality to other electronic gadgets in plastic cases, found on the boat.

If this works, I'll be very happy with his purchase.  For the price, it is a noteworthy experiment.

Wiring

Wiring is pretty straight-forward,

Red - plus, which connects to the positive lead on the windlass switches.

Black - negative, which connects to the windlass ground

White - down

Yellow - up






Installation

Since the size of the receiver is small, it measures about 3" x 2" x 3/4" and is very light, I decided to tuck up under the deck by the windlass control switches.  As a temporary measure, I simply wire-tied to the wire conduit.

I turned on the windlass main breaker and the handheld remote - pressed the down button - after about 1/2 second delay, the windlass engaged properly in the down direction. Likewise for the up direction.  Now I need a lanyard for the remote!




For $15, I could replace this every year and still be ahead of the dedicated marine units.

Don McLennan
Intuition - T3500 - #115

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