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Windlass Footswitch Failure
So, one of the minor gripes we're dealing with is balky/in-op windlass footswitches. I say minor because we also have another double-pole switch mounted on the steering pedestal, so it's not as bad as it could be.
The set up is a Lofrans Tigres windlass with stock 4" thru-deck switches (see image below.)
The switches worked OK early last year, but became progressively less cooperative the more they were used. I initially suspected corroded/loose connections, but they all check out fine. I've got a nice solid read of 12v at the posts of both switches, at the solenoid, etc all the way back to the breaker. There are no signs compromise on any of the wiring runs. The switch at the helm works like a champ, so the solenoid checks out OK. That leaves where I began -- apparent footswitch switch failure.
I'm not nearly salty enough to know what the MTBF for footswitches should be, so I'm afraid I may be overlooking an underlying problem if I just fix or replace the switches. They appear to be fully sealed/enclosed so corrosion of the contacts would seem to be unlikely. Burning of the contacts comes to mind as a possible exlaination. Of course, I may be over-thinking this one...
So, what say you folks?
Last edited by PorFin; 06-20-2012 at 05:18 PM.