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Maxwell 1200 windlass on 444cmy

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Maxwell 1200 windlass on 444cmy

Postby Jerry Pick » February 6th, 2018, 10:21 am

I have no power to the windlass. My isolator cat breaker is located in the aft br. The isolator is the old “big red button” type. It does not move in or out. The breaker panel cannot be removed due to length of wires, so I have to get to it from the bilge. My fireboy suppression is in the way. I am a newbie so I don’t want to reinvent the wheel. Could someone tell me if 1) I am on the right path thinking the problem could be the breaker. 2) If yes, what is the easiest way to remove and will the new type breaker fit in the panel
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Re: Maxwell 1200 windlass on 444cmy

Postby bud37 » February 6th, 2018, 11:44 am

Welcome to the forum Jerry.......I will be interested in the resolve in this as the breaker we have is the same and also does not move.....an issue for sure.....perhaps post your problem in the electrical section, get more traffic.......... :beergood:
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Re: Maxwell 1200 windlass on 444cmy

Postby waybomb » February 6th, 2018, 5:52 pm

Is there power to the breaker?
Is there power out of the breaker?

If yes, then it's not the breaker.
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Re: Maxwell 1200 windlass on 444cmy

Postby tomschauer » February 6th, 2018, 9:14 pm

If you cant get to the breaker to test voltage, check it at the windless. It may be a control problem, not main power feed.

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Re: Maxwell 1200 windlass on 444cmy

Postby Viper » February 7th, 2018, 6:24 pm

Have you ever operated one of these breakers before? If not, you may not be familiar with the amount of effort it takes to move the actuator/knob. It's not as easy as one would expect. It takes some oomf to do. Push = on, pull = off. If you can't get it move either way with much more effort, it should be replaced as it then becomes a safety concern. Other than that, if you've confirmed there is no power at the windlass, use a volt meter and starting at the windlass, work your way back along the circuit until you record voltage. Somewhere between your last two points will be the fault including the two sides of the breaker as described above.

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