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Old 06-21-2017, 06:26 PM   #21
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For the wench to run you must have + and -. One of your switches made contact. Got wet??? I'd check all my switches and wiring on the solenoid.
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Old 06-22-2017, 05:03 AM   #22
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Yes I believe the solenoid could stick intermittently also low voltage can make it stick as well
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Old 06-22-2017, 05:38 AM   #23
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In my case it was the solenoid/ relay.
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I saw this same problem occur with a power halyard winch on a large sailboat. The winch powered up by itself when no one was around and did quite a lot of damage to the mast and halyard system. Damp salt environment was able to connect the switch contacts, and the owner had left the power winch main breaker on.

I also know friends with Amel sailboats that have had this same problem with their anchor windlass motor.

Now I always shut the big electric motors off at the main breaker if I'm not using them.
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