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Old 07-10-2016, 09:40 AM   #41
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My concern regarding the wireless remotes is that if you came in with a remote set at the same frequency as mine, couldn't you raise my anchor? Is that one of those "it never happens" things or not?[/QUOTE]

The range of the remote is very short. The marine remote manufacturers are all big companies and have certainly had their engineering and liability departments study this closely. I have not heard of this happening and am certain that the chance of it happening is "remote." We have several other remote controls including our auto pilot, air conditioners, televisions and stereo. So far we have not had any interference from any other source.
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Old 07-10-2016, 10:00 AM   #42
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The range of the remote is very short. The marine remote manufacturers are all big companies and have certainly had their engineering and liability departments study this closely. I have not heard of this happening and am certain that the chance of it happening is "remote."
Thank you. I'd often wondered about that...

I drop things so would worry about that unless there's a nice lanyard attached.

Thanks tadhana for the education.
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Old 07-10-2016, 04:10 PM   #43
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I drop things so would worry about that unless there's a nice lanyard attached.
Same here. That's what I liked about the kit that came with 2 remotes. The big, bulky one is hard to lose. The small one clips on a belt loop, although I have managed to misplace it once or twice.

I like the lanyard idea.
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Aboard Seaweed I have a wired remote from the solenoid just outside the anchor locker. I simply hang it in the hatch when I've got the anchor down. ...
That's handy.
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Old 07-10-2016, 04:59 PM   #45
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A remote is something I wouldn't want to drop overboard.
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Old 07-10-2016, 05:05 PM   #46
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Thanks for the idea, just ordered one, will post how it works on the Lewmar 1000
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Old 07-10-2016, 05:08 PM   #47
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My Lewmar remote hangs around my neck on a necklace from some PassageMaker event I attended, and it floats too. Been used hundreds of times up and down the Atlantic Coast over the last 4 years.
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Old 07-10-2016, 06:23 PM   #48
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Windlass loads and procedures are not to be trifled with, very powerful and potentially dangerous piece of equipment. Manned shut off switch at the helm stations are important part of safe anchoring!
A few things can be done to limit potential problems.
First of all, there should be a circuit breaker which trips when the windlass is overloaded. Size it correctly according to the windlass manufacture's recommendations.

Secondly, adjust the clutch on your windlass so it starts to slip if something jams up or if the anchor is stuck. It's simple to tighten up the clutch if needed for extra pulling power, but there is no need to have full pulling power in day to day shallow anchoring circumstances.
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I just finished installing a new windlass on our sailboat. I weighed the options and went with a wired rocker at the helm as well as a wireless controller. Cost was a wash by the time all the extra wire and whatnot was added in. I really dislike the foot switches. Had bad luck with them in the past.
I mounted the remote below the breaker as well as added an indicator light to the breaker so I won't accidentally be left on. So far so good. Just need to pick up a lanyard for the remote.

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One downside of foot switches as opposed to remotes is the inability to walk around. Walking around permits you to position yourself to both see the chain and give hand signals to whomever is at the helm. I find that in a normal anchor lift I change positions two or three times as the angle of the chain changes.
I have foot switches on my boat. I had a wired remote on my sailboat. I preferred the wired remote for the reasons you outlined. A wireless remote would be nice, but will be way down on the priority list.
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Thanks for the advice on the wireless remote for my windless, just received it and looks to be a breeze to install.
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You do know its windlass with an 'A' right?
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Old 07-13-2016, 11:24 PM   #57
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Old 07-14-2016, 07:09 AM   #58
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Old 07-17-2016, 12:21 AM   #59
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Do you all have a master off/on switch so that no one accidently steps on the bow foot switch.
We found out today that we have one...well hubby may have known but I didn't. It's in the chain locker which is in our bedroom.
Couldn't figure out why the windlass wasn't working so hubby went to check things out and found the switch had been turned off. We're guessing maybe the surveyor flipped it.

Anyhow...who knew? Not me....but I do now. Lol
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On mine, windlass master on/off switch is adjacent to the battery selectors, located in the pilothouse.
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