Looking for a bit of help here. Appreciate any input.
Trying to get a windlass working for our voyage where it will certainly be depended upon. Windlass ia a Maxwell 1100 - can't find much on them so I assume it's older than it looks. It's a single direction - up only. The solenoid is believed to have failed (as it turns over fine when the solenoid was bypassed for a test) but the Fisheries Supply crew here in Seattle aren't sure which one to give me and have limited stock.
The "failed" solenoid is nothing that I've be able to track down (might be an old automotive? It's clearly older than it looks (very few markings) but it looks similar to the kind on my engines than anything maxwell sells so it probably was never the correct type). Long story longer:
The solenoid they have in stock for Maxwell windlasses is: MXW SP5102. Link below.
As stated in the title of the link, it's a reversing solenoid. With both an up and down feature. Again mine is only a up. With freefall for down.
Question: Can this solenoid work with my windlass? Does anyone have experience with this? The employee wasn't sure why it WOULD work but my thinking is that can't I just use the up connection and not the down? Up and down are never operated at the same time so I don't understand why this might be an issue. I just need to get the boat home safe and can order whatever is needed down the line - but we're trying to leave this Saturday on a 14 day trip. That would be quite the arm workout if we can't figure something out in a pinch.