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    Posted: 01 October 2018 at 12:27
Has anybody retro fitted a quick hand held chain counter.The windlass supplied is supposed to be wired for it with sensors in place but they are not connected to the socket in the forward sail locker.I would be interested in finding out how this is done.

Any thoughts or info on this would be highly appreciated

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Hi Duncan!!   I anchor most of the time and in the earlier days, I didnít know what others did about knowing chain length.   One sailor told me that he marks his chain with wire ties! Donít trim them, just put about 6 of them on 6 consecutive links at known distances. They run in and out of the windlass like butter and they are very easy to see.

So, I have marks at 100, 150, 200, and 250 foot.   It seems that Iím always anchoring in about 20 feet of water so I drop about 100 feet of chain, then connect my anchor bridal which adds about 10 more feet. When in doubt, Iíll drop more chain.... perhaps to the 150 mark. These cable ties have lasted all season so far! Cheap, easy, effective! Thatís how I like it!!



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote sflier Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 October 2018 at 19:22
I also use zip ties.  I bought a bag of small, multi-color ties and placed one color on three consecutive links every 25 feet (I did cut the ends off).  I also made a key code by chaining the zip ties in color order connected to the end of windlass handle so I'd remember what length a given color represents.   No zip tie has been cut in the two years they've been on the chain.


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Many thanks for the simple yet obviously very effective solutions

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Are you sure it is not already wired to the socket as I am sure we just plugged ours in and away it went, but the dealer did it so I am not exactly Eurex what he did. We have had a couple of problems with ours. The magnet in the winch corrodes away which causes the winch to winch a meter a time. Easily fixed by plugging in the original controller until you get a new magnet. I have now drilled the gypsie deeper and encapsulated it in epoxy and had no more problems. If you do need to run the 2 magnet wires back to the plug, it is easily done.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Black Diamond Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 hours 19 minutes ago at 16:27
I thought the QUICK 575 handheld device already had the counter in it?   Strange.

Most windlasses are set up for this to be installed pretty easily.  There is already (usually) an iron insert on the rotating drum and the kit for installing the counter adds the sensor which detects this insert on rotation.  You need to drill or knock out a plug (again...usually) and run the wires back to your cockpit for the controller / counter.

I've done this for Maxwell windlasses, but not Quick.   I had mine set up with the counter right off.   I can't imagine its that difficult to add.  
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