When we start out boating we generally have a pretty basic set up. Mine was a 13ft tinny with an old Johnson, no fish finder or even rod holders! But as we upgrade to bigger boats (and as we age) the more we appreciate those ‘press-of-the-button’ features that take the hassle out of boating and fishing. It’s about maximising that all important time on the water.
That’s why I recently upgraded to an electric anchor winch and why many of our customers have too. But before you invest in one, it’s worth understanding the pros and cons to see if it’s right for you and your boat.
What type of anchor winch do I need?
There are three different types of anchor winches – a drum winch, capstan and windlass. The windlass anchor winch can be further broken down into vertical or horizontal.
The type of anchor winch you need depends your preference, budget but most importantly the size of your boat (the displacement) and the anchor well space you have to play with. A vertical windlass holds the motor, gearbox and anchor and chain below deck. These anchor winches only work if you have the right ‘fall’ under the deck – i.e. the space between the deck and the anchor well.
The most common type of anchor winch we install is a drum winch, which hold the anchor rope and chain on the drum either attached to the bow or in the anchor well. This type of winch is economic, hassle-free and because it spools the rode on the drum it saves valuable space so it will work on most boats, even a small tinny.
The rope and chain required to anchor your boat safely, will help dictate what winch is appropriate for you also. As a rule of thumb, your anchor winch needs to pull 3x the weight of your rode (rope, chain and anchor).
Talk to the team.
Once you use an anchor winch, I doubt you’ll go back. I certainly won’t!
If you’re interested in upgrading to an anchor winch, we can help you find the right winch for your boat and provide a no-obligation quote to get it installed. Just email us and let us know the size of your boat, winch preference, your rode weight and approximate length and we’ll be in touch.