Location of Windlass Selinoid on 2005 342

ALLFORARIALLFORARI Posts: 8Member
Does anyone know how to get to the Selinoid on the RInker 342?  I have the infamous clicking sound but no action from the motor.  I read other threads and 9 of 10 times its the solenoid but I can't seem to find a thread on how to locate/remove for repair.  Thanks a Ton!
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  • Liberty44140Liberty44140 Bay Village & Marblehead, OH.Posts: 1,598Member ✭✭✭✭
    I believe that it is behind the sub woofer at the helm. Sub is easy to remove. Others have commented here that it is back there somewhere.
    Wine-N-Down -- 2006 342 Express Cruiser

  • StodgeStodge Lake St. ClairPosts: 1,639Member ✭✭✭✭
    Older 342s (like mine) had the Lewmar 600 windlass and no relay.  Instead of a relay they put a BIG toggle switch in the helm.  The wiring diagram for the 342 confirms that.  

    2002 FV 342 on Lake St. Clair - Past Commodore SHC - Vessel Examiner USCGAUX

  • DanD2DanD2 Posts: 590Member ✭✭✭
    edited January 6
    If you hit the windlass button up or down and hear some clicking in the dash on the right hand side, you've got a solenoid and it's located behind the subwoofer. I have a solenoid on my 2005
    2005 Rinker Fiesta Vee 342
  • ALLFORARIALLFORARI Posts: 8Member
    Thanks all I appreciate the advice. Sorry for the late response. Had my mechanic check it out and he got it working. Just gets jammed if I pull it up super tight. May not be the sellinoid at all. 
  • rasburyrasbury Sanford, FLPosts: 4,087Member ✭✭✭✭

    I don't think my 270 has one? I have the toggle switch and the breaker switch mounted by the merc control on the right....

  • StodgeStodge Lake St. ClairPosts: 1,639Member ✭✭✭✭
    I don't have one.  Instead I have a HUGE toggle switch.  The 342 wiring diagram confirms that.  The Horizon 900 got a relay, the Horizon 600 did not.

    I have acquired a relay and plan to switch over to it so I can have a remote for the windlass.

    2002 FV 342 on Lake St. Clair - Past Commodore SHC - Vessel Examiner USCGAUX

  • Handymans342Handymans342 Cape Coral, FLPosts: 5,975Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Can the existing wiring handle the load from the new 900??
  • StodgeStodge Lake St. ClairPosts: 1,639Member ✭✭✭✭
    @Handymans342 I would imagine, But I think it's the other way around.  The 342 that got the horizon 900 got a relay.  The 342 that got a horizon 600 did not.  And I have a horizon 600.


    2002 FV 342 on Lake St. Clair - Past Commodore SHC - Vessel Examiner USCGAUX

  • Handymans342Handymans342 Cape Coral, FLPosts: 5,975Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Me too but I want to Go to a 900 or a 1000 and both of those have higher amp rating than the 600
  • StodgeStodge Lake St. ClairPosts: 1,639Member ✭✭✭✭
    Well if you look at the diagram I posted they show 6 gauge wire going to the 900, but 4 gauge going to the 700(600).  If that's right then the wiring for the 700(600) is heavier than the 900.  

    2002 FV 342 on Lake St. Clair - Past Commodore SHC - Vessel Examiner USCGAUX

  • Handymans342Handymans342 Cape Coral, FLPosts: 5,975Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Well we need to field verify
  • StodgeStodge Lake St. ClairPosts: 1,639Member ✭✭✭✭
    Well we need to field verify
    What??  You question the documentation???  But the blueprints are ALWAYS right.  The diagram is gospel.  Right????    >:)

    2002 FV 342 on Lake St. Clair - Past Commodore SHC - Vessel Examiner USCGAUX

  • DanD2DanD2 Posts: 590Member ✭✭✭
    I have a Horizon 600 AND I have a relay.
    2005 Rinker Fiesta Vee 342
  • Handymans342Handymans342 Cape Coral, FLPosts: 5,975Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    DanD2 said:
    I have a Horizon 600 AND I have a relay.
    Dash??
  • DanD2DanD2 Posts: 590Member ✭✭✭
    Nope, relay is behind the subwoofer
    2005 Rinker Fiesta Vee 342
  • StodgeStodge Lake St. ClairPosts: 1,639Member ✭✭✭✭
    @DanD2 is the windlass switch in the dash large in comparison?  Like rated for 50 amps large and over 1 inch square?  

    2002 FV 342 on Lake St. Clair - Past Commodore SHC - Vessel Examiner USCGAUX

  • DanD2DanD2 Posts: 590Member ✭✭✭
    @Stodge, I don't believe so, I really can't remember and the boat is under wraps right now
    2005 Rinker Fiesta Vee 342
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