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windlass motor or battery problem?
I recently purchased a new Lewmar H3 windlass and installed it using the very heavy cables that were attached to the old windlass. It ran like a champ for 6 days of cruising the outer coast of Alaska. However on day 7, when pulling 250 feet of 3/8 chain and 60 lb anchor, it started running slowly, then stopped running. When I pressed the up or down switch, I could hear the solenoid click but the motor wouldnt engage. An important piece of information is that the engine was running as I was using the windlass and I have a large capacity (120 amp) charging alternator. The other important piece of information is that I think my batteries are going south (6, T105's). They are around 6 years old and I have used them hard. Here is where I know I have a gap in my knowledge about boat electrical systems. I assume that if my alternator is cranking away while I am using something (the windlass) that is wired to the battery that there should be plenty of power available to the electrical unit even if the batteries are compromised, but I am beginning to question that assumption. So my question here is: Are my battery problems directly related to my windlass problem (even if I am using the windlass as the alternator is producing a heavy charge) or do I need to be suspicious of my windlass motor?
Thanks for any and all suggestions.....