lofrans progress 1 issue

Discussion in 'General Maintenance/Repair Questions' started by Jeff Delbuono, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. Jeff Delbuono

    Jeff Delbuono Active Member

    251
    Jun 11, 2018
    Edison new jersey
    1998 sea ray 290 sundancer
    5.0 efi
    My lofran on my 1998 290 sundancer is acting up. it only happens sometimes. at the helm i can let the anchor out with no problem. when i go to pull it up i get nothing. i go to the bow and use the foot pedals and just hear a click both up and down from the anchor box. i use the handle to pull it up and then try the foot pedals again and nothing but a short time later work. is it the solenoid or control box? and where can i get either if i need to replace. any help would be great
     
  2. Express 390

    Express 390 Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    213
    Sep 14, 2018
    South Shore of Long Island NY
    1986 SeaRay 390 EC
    Twin 454 Crusaders inboards 4 blades
    Its a intermittent Problem it could be a dead spot in the motor the next time it happens rap the motor with a hammer a couple of times see if the motor starts its worth a shot ! lol
     
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  3. chris sirizzotti

    chris sirizzotti Member

    65
    Feb 6, 2019
    2003 300DA SUNDANCER
    MERCRUISER 5.0 W/BRAVO III
    I had a problem similar, Would here a click and nothing I took the Solenoid box apart cleaned everything with wire brush, scotch bright and contact cleaner. Then put everything back together and its been fine now for last couple months.
     
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  4. Cocktail Time

    Cocktail Time Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    678
    Jul 9, 2007
    Lake Lanier, GA
    1998 400 Sundancer, Garmin 840xs GPS, Furuno RDP-110, B&G GPS pilot etc.
    Cat 3116's, Westerbeke 7.6kw
    Worth a shot to check, but on my old boat the windlass would act similar if my battery was low. I could put boat in neutral and rev motors and get more amps from alternator.
     
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  5. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    I have a slightly used control box I can sell you cheap if interested...
     
  6. Jeff Delbuono

    Jeff Delbuono Active Member

    251
    Jun 11, 2018
    Edison new jersey
    1998 sea ray 290 sundancer
    5.0 efi
    Can you pm me. Interested
     
  7. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Dickson, TN / Chattanooga, TN
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alphas
    Kohler 4kW
    Inquiring minds want to learn.

    Where is the control box located on a 290 of this vintage?

    Just in case I have issues at some point in time.
     
  8. Jeff Delbuono

    Jeff Delbuono Active Member

    251
    Jun 11, 2018
    Edison new jersey
    1998 sea ray 290 sundancer
    5.0 efi
    When u open the anchor door on bow. Mpunted under it. U will see all the wires running to it. Screenshot_20190610-003220_Chrome.jpg
     
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  9. Jeff Delbuono

    Jeff Delbuono Active Member

    251
    Jun 11, 2018
    Edison new jersey
    1998 sea ray 290 sundancer
    5.0 efi
    Silly question cause i have not gotten into it yet. Is there a control box and 2 solenoids. ( 1 up and 1 down) like the trim pumps or is the control box the only thing? Its in the bow and i have to stand on my head to look under it. They make these boats for guys that are 3 ft tall and weigh 80 lbs
     
  10. Jersey Mike

    Jersey Mike Member

    150
    Jun 27, 2008
    Barnegat Bay, NJ
    2001 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L Bravo III
    I believe the foot pedals override the control box, though the direct connections join at the lugs of the control box. When my box failed the foot pedal allowed me to retrieve the anchor. The relays in the box allow the builder to run light wires and a light duty switch at the helm. Not all windlass are set up this way. You are either dealing with low voltage a loose connection (anywhere between the batteries and windlass a solenoid on the motor- don’t remember if we have one—-or failing motor. Hope this helps
     
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  11. Jeff Delbuono

    Jeff Delbuono Active Member

    251
    Jun 11, 2018
    Edison new jersey
    1998 sea ray 290 sundancer
    5.0 efi
    Silly question. If i have a problem with it again. How do i drop the anchor? Can i just use the wrench to real it out and same to pull it in?
     
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  12. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    878
    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    You can just loosen the gypsy clutch and let it free spool. Here is the manual
     
  13. onthejob

    onthejob Member

    228
    May 1, 2013
    Rochester, NY
    2003.5 Sea Ray 340 Sundancer, Raymarine A97 and Quantum radar. Hurley Davits with a Zodiac 310 Zoom
    2x 370-hp MerCruiser 8.1S Horizon with V-Drives turning 4 blade wheels
    IMO Sounds like a loose/corroded connection somewhere or your batteries aren’t putting out enough to juice to run it. How old are batteries? Will it work if up the the RPMs on the motors?
     
  14. Jeff Delbuono

    Jeff Delbuono Active Member

    251
    Jun 11, 2018
    Edison new jersey
    1998 sea ray 290 sundancer
    5.0 efi
    Batteries are new last year. Banged on motor and is working fine again.
     

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