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05/06/2012 22:29
 
Got any new fancy kit you want to tell us all about, so we can get it too?

Gail MacAllister
 
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15/06/2012 19:01
 
Dunno about fancy kit, but speaking for myself I've never seen a deck plug or an anchor windlass pendant switch that kept working. When we bought our old ketch Xanadu (she'd been round the world) there was a thin two-core cable with two bare ends emerging from below into the anchor well on the foredeck. When you wanted the anchor hauled up you switched on the breaker below and then simply went and held the two bare ends together. That was the on-off switch for the relay. If your hands were wet you'd get a little zizz from the 12 volts, and if that bothered you you could always wear rubber gloves. When the bare ends corroded away, you cut them off and stripped another bit of wire. Certainly not fancy, and it'd probably give the health and safety people fits (you need to be careful about fuses!), but it worked, and when it stopped working, it was extremely easy to fix...
 
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08/10/2013 14:15
 
Not wild on the thoughts of bare wires giving you a dart when being operated! The old idea of electricity and water not being compatable are very true!
I had a lot of problems with the anchor pendant on my Jeanneau and eventually gave up on trying to solve water ingress to switches and connectors in the anchor locker.
I bought a waterproof enclosure and switch from my local chanderly for less than €20 along with 4m of thinned 3 core cable. I have connected this directly to the control box in the bow cabin using spade connectors. When preparing to anchor I pass the cable and switch box out through the forward cabin hatch and work away without any fuss (or fizz). You dont need to be an electrical expert and the job only takes an hour.
Dermot Greer, Sailing Ireland, Kilmore Quay.
 
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