Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-30-2020, 10:57 AM   #1
Senior Member
Ftbinc's Avatar
City: Chicago
Vessel Name: Oma
Vessel Model: Manatee
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 103
Windlass reinstall

Hi all.
Need advice and opinion. We removed our windlass due to water leaking issues. In order to remove it we needed to cut the electrical wires at the base of the housing. One of the POs installed the windlass in a way that this was the only option. My original thought was we would be able to rewire at the motor, but that has proved to be impossible due to the motor construction. I have about 4 inches of pigtail to splice more wire to. I will be using an 8 gauge ancor marine wire. (I am repairing the deck under the windlass-removed the waterlogged foam core and replacing it)

Questions I’m trying to get options on:
1. Should I use some form of watertight connector so I could remove the windlass in the future? If so what 8 gauge connector should I use?
2. If Not a connector, opinions on splicing the wire?
3. I am short room, and fitting a gland may be difficult how can I seal the hole for the wires to keep them watertight? The leak would be right over the berth...

Thanks all for your help

KK Manatee “Oma”

Ftbinc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2020, 11:47 AM   #2
Comodave's Avatar
City: Au Gres, MI
Country: US
Vessel Name: Never Say Never
Vessel Model: President 41 DC
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 8,004
With only 4” of wire to work with it would be difficult to use something like a terminal block. I guess that you will have to use a butt connector to splice it. Use a quality adhesive lined butt connector and it should be fine . If you want the belt and suspenders approach after you use the butt connector and heat it to shrink the cover you could add a 2nd layer of adhesive lined heat shrink over the entire butt connector. Can you leave a bit of a loop so that if it ever needs to be removed you could then add a terminal block?

Boat Nut:
If you are one there is no explanation necessary.
If you aren’t one, there is no explanation possible.
Comodave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2020, 09:37 PM   #3
C lectric's Avatar
City: Gibsons, B.C.
Country: Canada
Vessel Name: Island Pride
Vessel Model: xxxx
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 2,908
As Commodave suggested a quality butt connector should work fine. Get ones with the sealant lined heat shrink tubing and use another piece to double seal the connection. Longer than the butt. You might also get a small quantity of silicon grease and coat the wire ends with it before crimping. NOt gobs or it may interfere with the heat shrink seal.

Then run that out to a Power Post [Ancor] That way you won't need to cut it again.

Can you fold some extra wire inside the case of the windlass. You may then be able to use a seal gland fitting such as a CABLE GLAND.

Also when installing leave a weep hole at the back of the windlass so if ANY water gets inside from the axle openings it has a way to get out. Those axle seals don't always work well.
I didn't understand that and the water was trapped inside to the point the water ruined the motor.
C lectric is offline   Reply With Quote

manatee, windlass, wire

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:29 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012