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Old 07-05-2016, 06:20 PM   #1
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Installing new windless, where should I put the switch, pilot house or fly bridge
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Old 07-05-2016, 06:25 PM   #2
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Old 07-05-2016, 06:28 PM   #3
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Fit one at the bow too.
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That would suck for sailors, that 'windless' thing.
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Old 07-05-2016, 08:49 PM   #5
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I would want windless when I need to go up wind. Down wind or on a reach I would want it. I am thinking the switch should go in the cockpit.
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Installing new windless, where should I put the switch, pilot house or fly bridge
I understand the question to be " . . . where do I mount the up/down switch?". IMHO there must be a switch up front by the windlass. That way you can control the windlass and see the chain when it is straight up and down. Extra switches at lower helm or flybridge are nice options.
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Old 07-06-2016, 08:26 AM   #7
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Agreed with Shoalwaters. However I believe a second switch at a helm is critical. I installed one on my boat originally while riding out hurricane Irene solo. You need to be able to handle the helm and windlass simultaneously when short handed.
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My foot switch is right by the winch and the only question I had is where would my right foot be while I'm pulling rode.
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Go wireless. Then put the back-up 'manual' switch wherever it is easiest to wire it in.
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Old 07-06-2016, 09:42 AM   #10
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In addition to the foot switch, why not a wireless remote that can be taken anywhere on the boat to operate the windlass?
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I have rocker switch at each helm and foot actuated up and down pads at the bow
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If the chain/rode hangs up going down the chain pipe and you aren't there to supervise it you will have a terrible mess by the time you realize it's happened. I had to partially disassemble my windlass when the rode tucked itself under the stripper when it hung up going down the chain pipe. Now I know what to do IF that happens, and I was standing on the bow looking at it when it did. I can't imagine how much worse it would have been if I was on the bridge looking down on it.

I am a believer in the switch on the bow.
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In addition to the foot switch, why not a wireless remote that can be taken anywhere on the boat to operate the windlass?
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I have rocker switch at each helm and foot actuated up and down pads at the bow
Same with me, but I have yet have an occasion to use any switch but the foot switches at the bow.
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Both helms an the bow, absolutely. If single handing only, then one at the bow and lower helm will pretty much do it. We used all three heavily.
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IMHO if possible there should be a person at the bow during drop and retrieve. They may as well have one foot on a switch. Just be sure the switch is as moisture protected as possible, they can be a bitch to replace.
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Do you all have a master off/on switch so that no one accidently steps on the bow foot switch.
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Do you all have a master off/on switch so that no one accidently steps on the bow foot switch.
It's best to. As well as foot switches with covers.
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Old 07-06-2016, 08:50 PM   #19
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Do you all have a master off/on switch so that no one accidently steps on the bow foot switch.
Separate breaker on the 12v panel that turns off power to all the windlass switches an the foot switches have covers.
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Some recent negative experience on the foredeck: the "up" switch stem stuck in the "on" position, couldn't get the chain wheel stopped. Chain jumped the wheel, nobody hurt or equipment damaged.

Found that the switch stem had bent over from being stepped on too heavily and was binding against the hole through the deck. Fixed all that and checked the down switch too.

I have a master off/on at the lower helm, but it would need to be manned for emergency shutoff, as most anchor sets/retrieves we do with the upper helm manned.

So: no walking/standing on the foot switches with body weight. I plan to upgrade the covers to ones that will prevent this from happening and modify the through holes to ensure clearance, add/connect a shutoff to the upper helm too.

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!
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