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That's right, our windlass just goes "click" when you go to raise or lower the anchor. Has anyone else had this problem? Any clues on how to fix it?
Yes, we have a B50. Tomorrow I'm going into the crews quarters (a.k.a."the garage") to check it out. I'll try the old bypass-the-solenoid trick.Bene505, Had the same thing happen aboard a B50 while doing some ASA training. The windless solenoid for the up/down foot switches would not operate. We took the plastic cover off the solenoid and used a screwdriver between the hot (large post) and the up side to temporarily bring up the anchor. Worked good for the whole 10 days.
IIRC, the solenoid is located in the crew quarters (garage), fwd bulkhead near the top right center... just to the right of the ladder. I don't recall which posts is up or down, but it should be pretty straight forward by tracing the switch wiring. If the screwdriver bypass method works, you know you have a bad solenoid and not a bad windless...bad switches not withstanding.
There is a bunch of current there so I'd recommend wearing some glasses and keep your tongue off the posts! Good luck.