Windlass Rocker Switch

(ON)-OFF-(ON) switch, 3 terminals

Both Red and Blue Lens Available

SKU: II-COMBO-56 Category:

Product Description

Windlass Rocker Switch

Genuine Carling Contura II rocker switch labeled “Windlass”.   This Windlass rocker switch is a Single Pole Double Throw (ON)-OFF-(ON) switch, where (ON) represents a momentary function.  All of New Wire Marine’s rocker switches are labeled with durable UV stabilized ink, and large format text.

This product is the ENTIRE SWITCH combo and includes both the switch body and the labeled cover.  Find the Windlass switch cover sold separately here.

Our Jack Plate rocker switch is unlit.  The lens shown on the cover is only there to match other switches (commonly in a bank).  If illumination is required, please purchase the windlass actuator and switch separately.

A windlass is usually a very large motor – do not try and directly control a windlass that uses over 20A with this switch.  More often than not, your windlass will have a separate control mechanism with associated (larger) current-carrying conductors.  This switch would connect to that motor to control it, while the power to the motor would come via a direct feed from the battery.

This Windlass rocker switch will replace any Carling V-series or Contura style rocker switch.  That includes Contura style switches sold by Carling, Sierra, Blue Sea Systems, Sea-Dog, etc.  It uses an industry-standard 1.45″  x 0.83″ mounting hole.

Rocker Switch Quick Specs:

  • Voltage Rating: 12Vdc
  • Current Rating: 20A
  • Circuit: SPDT
  • Position: (ON)-OFF-(ON)
  • Water Protection: IP68 (waterproof to >1m submersion)
  • Terminal Count: 3
  • Terminal Style: 0.250″ Quick Connect (spades)
  • Body P/N: V6D1-S60B
  • Contact Life: 150,000 cycles
  • Lamp Life: 10,000 hours

What does this mean in real life?  This is an exceptionally high-quality rocker switch from the industry-leading manufacturer, Carling Technologies.  This switch will last many years in the harsh marine environment.

Download the full spec sheet here

How Our Switches Are Better:

  1. Genuine Carling switches – We’ll never try and pass off cheap Chinese knock-offs like some of our competitors. You’ve probably seen other sites list a switch as “fits carling”… that’s a red flag.  All our switches and covers are the genuine article.  And like all cheaply made counterfeits, you CAN tell the difference.
  2. Support – We know this product inside and out and are happy to help our customers.  Need help wiring up one of our products, just call: (843) 297-8348
  3. Guarantee – While Carling does not offer a warranty, we’re so confidant in the quality, if your switch breaks or the ink wears off within 2 years, you can return it for a free replacement!
  4. Durable UV stabilized ink – Have trouble with labels wearing off on your switches?  That’s because cheap non-UV stabilized ink was used… you won’t find that here.
  5. Hard cover style – We never use the “soft touch” style that will melt into a sticky mess after a few months in the sun.

Wiring Info & Wiring Diagram

This Windlass rocker switch has 8 terminals on the back:

  1. 12V input terminal 2
  2. 12V output [switch up] – terminal 3
  3. 12V output [switch down] – terminal 1

A hard copy of the wiring diagram will be shipped with this switch.  You can also find it in the product images above, or download a PDF wiring diagram here.


Contura Styles, Lenses and Colors:

This Windlass rocker switch is a Contura II style, as pictured above.  Contura II is the one with the small bumps on it.  We carry printed Contura II’s in red and blue lens options (selection from the menu above).

We also carry this label in Contura V style switch here.  The Contura V style includes a two-lamp switch, which allows a great backlighting effect for night readability.

Typical Use for a Windlass Rocker Switch:

A windlass is a motor that automates the raising and lowering of an anchor.  It’s normally right on the bow of the boat.  This switch will likely just feed 12V to a controller, and you’ll have a separate power supply to the windlass itself.


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