OC BOAT SUPPLIES Carries a Wide Variety of Windlasses. An important part of any anchoring system are windlasses which are also known as winches. Windlasses are machines designed to restrain and manipulate anchor chain to allow the anchor to be raised or lowered using chain cable. Key to this process are windlasses’ notched wheel that engages the links of the chain or rope. Do not leave the replacement of this integral part of your craft to chance! Here at OC Boat Supplies our staff are boating enthusiasts just like you. We have the knowledge to offer sound advice no matter what part of your anchoring system or craft requires replacement. How do you select an appropriate windlass for your craft? Some of the factors are the size of your boat, it’s displacement, anchor size and rode selection. Here are some questions to consider when selecting the windlass that is right for you:
What Size Windlass Will My Boat Require?
A general rule is to add the weight of all the ground tackle (chain, rope and anchor) together. Their sum must be proportionately less than the maximum working load of your windlass. To ensure safety, some boaters multiply the total weight of their ground tackle by three and purchase a windlass with a maximum load that exceeds that figure.
There are horizontal and vertical windlass designs. For those requiring optimal performance from their anchoring system, horizontal is preferred. A minimum fall of 12” is recommended. Vertical windlasses have more ergonomic designs and offer the security of the anchor rode being wrapped 180° around the gypsy before falling into the chain locker. This design requires at least 16” of fall. There are several other considerations when determining which windlass will ensure years of secure anchoring.