problem with my windlass on a 2003 280 Sundancer

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  1. Free Spirit 2

    Free Spirit 2 New Member

    3
    Jun 27, 2016
    new jersey
    2003 da280 Sundancer with twin 5.0 with Raymarine radar and chartplotter. Towed by a 2004 GMC Yukon
    Twin 5.0's with brovo III outdrives
    I dropped my anchor and when i tried to bring it back up it would not move. I noticed the light on my dash showing power to my windless was out and would not come back on, so i pulled the anchor up manually. when i got back to the dock i tried pushing the power button again and it came on, so i went to the front buttons on the bow and it retracted the anchor. then when i went back to the helm and tried to lower the anchor to the dock it popped out the power light again, this time going down. It must be on a circuit breaker because 10 minutes later the power light came back on when i pushed the button. I went back to the buttons on the bow and they moved the anchor up and down no problem. Anyone know what is going on?
     
  2. Gary Hill

    Gary Hill Member

    370
    Mar 30, 2009
    Holland, MI
    2008 40DA
    8.1 SHO
    Breakers don't normally reset themselves. Sounds like you are tripping a thermal overload somewhere. Time to get out the manual.
     
  3. Henry Boyd

    Henry Boyd Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2007
    Newburyport, on the peaceful and serene Merrimack
    02' 280 DA
    496 w BIII
    You have a Lofrans Marlin (just like us). Lofrans is imported from Italy by Imtra. Imtra has a customer service group that is second to none. I suggest you call them and get some guidance from them on how best to troubleshoot.

    The other thing that bothers me is that you say the light on the switchpad went out. The switchpad also controls the foot switches in the same circuitry. The switchpads are controlled by the EIM (Electronic Interface Module). The EIM for the stbd switchpad is in the little cubby by the base of the helm seat. If the issue is a heat related fault the most logical locations are the switchpad, or the EIM. Both are out of production and I am not sure if anyone has any experience with re-building/repairing the EIMs.

    I would troubleshoot the windlass first and if that provides no joy, you may have to start checking how well the EIM functions. If it gets to that point you might start a new post seeking help and advice on possible EIM repair vendors.

    Best of luck.

    Henry
     
  4. Free Spirit 2

    Free Spirit 2 New Member

    3
    Jun 27, 2016
    new jersey
    2003 da280 Sundancer with twin 5.0 with Raymarine radar and chartplotter. Towed by a 2004 GMC Yukon
    Twin 5.0's with brovo III outdrives
    Thank's for your input guys. The windlass has to be good because it works well off the bow switches. I did find the circuit breaker and it has no reset button on it. It resets itself. I think the switch on the dash is shorted because it pops the circuit breaker immediately. No time for heat to build up.
     

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