When it comes to securing your investment, selecting the right anchor winch for your vessel is one of the most important decisions you will make. A windlass too small for the job will not only result in frustration when the going gets tough but could ultimately compromise vessel and crew safety. Choosing the right anchor winch is crucial for peace of mind and trouble free boating.
There are a number of important criteria to be considered in selecting the correct anchor winch. These include the vessel size, displacement, windage, anchor size and rode selection. Practacilities such as locker space and depth of fall for the rode also play a part in deciding which windlass is ideal for you.
Vertical or Horizontal Configuration?
The two basic types of windlasses are differentiated by the drive shaft orientation. Deck thickness and underdeck space are the two main considerations when deciding which of the two types to fit.
Vertical Windlasses - make up the majority of anchor winch sales. They are characterised by situating the capstan and/or gypsy (topworks) above the deck and the motor and gearbox below. Vertical windlasses provide a 180 degree wrap of the anchor rode around the chainwhell giving optimal chain control, minimising slippage and jumping.
Horizontal Windlasses - are mounted completely above deck with gypsy and capstan located to either side. They provide a 90 degree wrap of the anchor rode around the chainwheel.