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Old 08-06-2002
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I''ve just changed the clutch bearing at the end of the motor shaft on my 12V anchor windlass.

I''ve tested the windlass, but not under load. It winds up (i.e. in anchor retrieving mode), but just clonks when I reverse it. Is this because it has to be put under load to function in "drop anchor" mode?


I''ve put the bearing in so that it winds up when it turns in the direction of the arrow stamped on it.

Of course, there may be some other reason for this problem. In any event, I''d be very grateful for any advice.

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Tappers
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Sounds like a one-way bearing. Bearings that are not directional usually don''t have helpful arrows printed on them.

Our seawolf windlass from S&L has some directional bearings. The only way to drop the anchor is to disengage the ratchet bearing mechanism (via a wheel on the outside). Cheers! Constantin
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Thanks, Constantin.

I''ve now tested the windlass a bit more. It hauled up a 35lb anchor and 70 feet of chain without breaking sweat today - but still just clonked when I tried to lower the anchor.

I''ve tested the solenoid, which is doing its job. I can, as you say, slacken the clutch nut and let the anchor freewheel its way to the sea bed.

But I''m feeling strangely fretful. I know this windlass should drop the anchor. But it won''t - and I can''t work out why!

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