Dufour Owners Association: new forum comment on Anchor windlass Quick 700w

New comment from Dave King

my 25 year old winch works OK, but I would always start the engine before using it – now ignorance… can anyone tell me where the 12v trips are on D39? on my previous boat (an RM) the engineering was superb. on this one everything hidden an only just accessible!


Original Post by Simon Martin

Anchor windlass Quick 700w

<p>hi, I see that lots of people have had fun with their windlass. </p>
<p>Mine is “tripping”. I am wondering whether anyone else has had similar issues, and if so what they did to fix it. </p>
<p>Strangely it trips when dropping the anchor as well as raising the anchor, so I am assuming it is not a function of load. </p>
<p>It seems to have been getting worse over the last year – this may be telling me something?</p>
<p>i am hoping that it is something simple like the circuit breaker rather than bearings or the gearbox which I am not competent to deal with. Though I notice that the circuit breaker is not Quick branded and I am not sure where I will get an equivalent that is easy to swap  </p>
<p>Any thoughts gratefully received. </p>

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<p>When I changed the service battery from lead to Li FePo4 I measured the load drawn from my Lofrans windlass and found that it was almost the same when dropping the anchor or raising it at about 80 amps. <br />Since fitting the lithium battery the windlass works much better without starting to labour as it did before which I think is because there is no longer any voltage drop from the battery under load. <br />This may be an issue with you if your battery is getting on a bit  in that it may be dropping the voltage down to 10 or 11volts under load and the windlass is compensating by drawing more amps. It may be worth trying a new and/or bigger battery. Certainly worth checking what the voltage drop is under load and the current as well if you have the means to do so. <br />Hope this is useful</p>
<p>Andrew </p>
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