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Windlass foot switch

kbgunn

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Sep 19, 2017
145
2006 Hunter 38 4410 Lake Lewisville, TX
I have a Simpson Lawrence vertical windlass with Lewmar deck mounted foot switches for up and down. The red and black rubber inserts are cracked and it's just a matter of time before water/dirt infiltrate and make them in operable. Anyone know where/how to order replacements for the rubber insert? Or do I have to order an entire new switch? This specific model is phased out, so to replace the whole switch I think I have to order an adapter plate and a new SX model switch. Pain! It would be nice to just replace the rubber insert if possible. Anyone know a source?

These are the adapter and new model switch if I have to go that route:

I found part number (LEWP49C) in a manual on the Marlow-Hunter document repository here: https://www.marlow-hunter.com/wp-co...wrence_Sprint 1000 Anchor Windlass Manual.pdf

I found a guide to identify foot switch model here:

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Feb 21, 2013
3,581
Hunter 46 Point Richmond, CA
When I replaced my Lewmar electric winch switch, which had a uv damaged cover, I had to purchase a new switch. So I am guessing you will need to do the same.
 
Jan 4, 2006
3,819
Hunter 310 West Vancouver, B.C.
I would guess that no mfg. is going to supply only the rubber inserts for a particular switch so it's on to a new one.

I would also suggest a modicum of maintenance and cleaning to avoid such $$$ problems in the future. A vinyl/rubber sealer would also go miles towards preventing degradation of all rubber/vinyl on your boat.

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senang

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Oct 21, 2009
200
hunter 38 Monaco
If you replace it with a wireless remote switch you will save many $$$$$. Search on EB for winch remote, between $10 and 15, mostly sold for terrain vehicles. Reliability is less, always keep a spare battery :)
 
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kbgunn

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Sep 19, 2017
145
2006 Hunter 38 4410 Lake Lewisville, TX
I would also suggest a modicum of maintenance and cleaning to avoid such $$$ problems in the future. A vinyl/rubber sealer would also go miles towards preventing degradation of all rubber/vinyl on your boat.
Ralph,

Point taken on the maintenance.....I bought the boat this past December and the PO did not keep up the small detail work of cleaning and protecting the susceptible parts. She is mechanically sound with a good survey and I got a great deal on her. So I'm happy to address the small things as I can. Thanks for the tip on the trim and plastic restorer. I will pick up a bottle of that on my next trip to Walmart
 

kbgunn

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Sep 19, 2017
145
2006 Hunter 38 4410 Lake Lewisville, TX
If you replace it with a wireless remote switch you will save many $$$$$. Search on EB for winch remote, between $10 and 15, mostly sold for terrain vehicles. Reliability is less, always keep a spare battery :)
Great suggestion Senang....I would love a wireless remote for the autopilot too.:D

The wireless winch remotes on Ebay look like low current devices......are the meant to engage a higher current relay? Is it wired in parallel with the foot switch to the same relay?
 
Jan 4, 2006
3,819
Hunter 310 West Vancouver, B.C.
You may (but only if you're very religious, tithe heavily, and attend every Sunday) be able to remove and salvage the two rubber diaphragms and replace.

If the construction lets you get that far, be sure to lightly seal the rear of the diaphragms with silicone sealant.

My Lewmar UP and DOWN switches were pathetic out of the box when I got them. Sealed them with silicone and no leaks or shorts so far in eight tears.
 
Mar 20, 2004
1,658
Hunter 356 and 216 Portland, ME
I have a Simpson Lawrence vertical windlass with Lewmar deck mounted foot switches for up and down. The red and black rubber inserts are cracked and it's just a matter of time before water/dirt infiltrate and make them in operable. Anyone know where/how to order replacements for the rubber insert? Or do I have to order an entire new switch? This specific model is phased out, so to replace the whole switch I think I have to order an adapter plate and a new SX model switch. Pain! It would be nice to just replace the rubber insert if possible. Anyone know a source?

These are the adapter and new model switch if I have to go that route:

I found part number (LEWP49C) in a manual on the Marlow-Hunter document repository here: https://www.marlow-hunter.com/wp-content/export/Vendor-Manuals/Simpson Lawrence_Sprint 1000 Anchor Windlass Manual.pdf

I found a guide to identify foot switch model here:

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same problem on our 356, and I couldn't find just the rubber inserts. I got the switches from Defender, will install in a few weeks when the shrink wrap comes off. I compared the new to old switches and I don't see the need for the adapter plates - switches are the same size and my holes for the wires are small.
 
Apr 2, 2021
153
Hunter 38 Ft. Pierce
I just saw this. It looks like an easy part to print in TPU if you know anyone with a 3D printer. Cost of a 1kg roll of TPU around $30. SainSmart is the best imho
 

senang

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Oct 21, 2009
200
hunter 38 Monaco
If you replace it with a wireless remote switch you will save many $$$$$. Search on EB for winch remote, between $10 and 15, mostly sold for terrain vehicles. Reliability is less, always keep a spare battery :)
You get what you pay for. Just found out 2 days ago that the remote didn’t work. Changed the 12V ! battery. Still no good. Just ordered a reliable marine grade foot switch. Lesson learnt: “Reliability has a price”.
 
Mar 6, 2008
680
Catalina 1999 C36 MKII #1787 Coyote Point Marina, CA.
I installed 85AMP contact with 12v coil relays used on golf carts and ran a wire to the Binnacle with a spring loaded toggle switch to drop and retrieve the anchor. You can install another such switch placed at the anchor locker. It will last forever.