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SmartWinch Setup Procedure 

Transmitter On/Off Method

For A, B, C and D revision 1 models when using AM or FM radios

Before starting

  •   Winch is OFF
  •   Winch connected to receiver (Rx)
  •   Transmitter (Tx) OFF
  •   Winch battery pack fully charged (if battery testing to be enabled)


  1. Move Tx stick (and trim) to the end for sails close hauled.

    When the winch is turned on it will give the startup signal then will countdown by sounding a short single beep tone once per second for the first 4 seconds. At 5 seconds, it will give a 3 beep signal. This is the signal to turn Tx ON.
  2. Turn the winch on and wait 5 seconds till the 3 quick beep signal then turn Tx ON immediately (within 2 seconds).

     If a single long beep is heard, then setup mode has been entered and the Tx close hauled position has been sampled. Continue on to step 3.

  3. Turn tx OFF.
  4. Move Tx stick (not trim) to opposite end for sails fully out then turn Tx ON.

    At this point another long beep will have sounded indicating that the sails full out Tx position has been sampled.

  5. Turn Tx OFF.

    At this point another 3 beep signal will sound to indicate that the two samples of Tx position just taken have now been stored. If you don’t need to go into travel or battery monitoring sections of setup, then simply turn the winch off. If the only purpose for doing setup this time was to change tx then travel setting is not necessary and so the winch should be turned off. Otherwise continue on to the next step. 

  6.  Detach the sheet lines or remove the drum.

    This step is only recommended for first time setup. Any subsequent execution of the setup procedure in the same boat may be done with sheets attached even if changing Tx or travel length. When the switch is next turned on, the winch will drive itself to the travel starting point (close hauled). The winch must be free to drive to this position. If not sure then remove the drum or disconnect the sheets. 
  7. Move Tx stick back to close hauled then turn Tx ON.

    Once travel starting point is reached, 2 quick beeps will sound. You can then drive the winch in the normal manner using the Tx. If not done already, install the drum and setup the sheets so that the main boom is at close hauled when tx stick is at close hauled. Take care when running the winch with sheets attached as it is set for maximum travel at this time and it would be easy to overrun. The winch will drive at 1/3rd normal speed during this travel setting phase of setup. 
  8. Using the Tx, drive the winch out till the main boom is at the desired fully sheeted out position. With the boom in position for sails full out, pause for at least one second without moving the winch, then turn Tx OFF.

    At this point another three beep signal will sound indicating that the new travel setting is stored. If you do not wish to make any changes to your battery monitoring settings, turn winch off now. 
    Or if you wish to change the existing battery monitoring settings then perform either step 9a or 9b.
  9. a) To select the battery monitoring option and have the winch determine the battery pack size then turn Tx ON and wait till you hear 3 quick beeps.
    b) To turn off battery monitoring turn Tx ON, pause no longer than one second then turn Tx OFF.

    If three rising tones have sounded, 9b was performed and battery monitoring is now off. If 3 quick beeps were heard then step 9a was performed and battery monitoring is turned on.

Setup is now complete. Happy sailing.

Note: This procedure can be performed as often as you like. There are no special requirements for deleting old settings before performing the procedure. Old settings are automatically replaced when new settings are made.