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Re: Foot switches for an Anchor Windlass
In my experience, windlass foot switches have about as high a failure rate as just about anything one can install on a boat... :-)
Not to mention, having to rely on them can easily result in having to play what amounts to a game of "Twister" on your forececk, and can be very inconvenient when performing such chores as releasing a snubber, clearing the rode or hook of kelp, re-orienting the anchor in the event it comes up to the roller 'backwards', and so on... And, in the event you encounter extreme conditions where you might be far better off on your hands and knees on a wildly pitching foredeck, having to turn your foot switch into a 'knee switch' can be inconvenient, to say the least...
I vote for a hard-wired remote... Mine makes the connection inside the boat, and is simply led out through a port or hatch forward, a setup that works very well, for me...
No way I'd trust a wireless remote for something as essential as a windlass, and am not sure what real advantage they have over a wired remote...
Last edited by JonEisberg; 11-22-2014 at 10:34 AM.