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Old 06-23-2021, 02:15 PM   #2
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City: Gooding ID/Wrangell AK
Vessel Name: Silver Bay
Vessel Model: Nordic Tug 42-002
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If you disassemble the switch you will find a tin plated copper disk that when the switch is depressed hits a contact that powers the windlass. I have noticed that these disks get pitted by arcing when a little corrosion builds up. With some emery cloth you can clean up the carbon from the arcing and the switch will start working properly again in my experience. I have a spare switch but because of short wires, I can only change the switch by climbing into the anchor chain locker so cleaning was a better option until fall when I clean the locker.

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