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Windlass and Capstan Selection Chart

Windlass and Capstan Selection Chart

This chart serves as a basic guide to assist in selecting the appropriate anchor winch system for your boat.

Please note: Size, displacement and type of vessel, as well as anchoring conditions, must be taken into consideration when selecting an anchor winch. Vessels of heavy displacement or high windage will require larger windlasses. All systems assume
the use of a chain stopper, chain snubber or mooring cleat to remove the load when setting or breaking the anchor loose. The maximum pulling capacity of the windlass should not be less than three times the total weight of the ground tackle. Should you require any assistance or information, please do not hesitate to contact Maxwell Marine or any one of our distributors or service centres world-wide.

Which Winch HWC VWC VW VC Anchormax RC12 RC10 RC8 RC6 HRC HRC10

This chart refers to anchor windlass selection only. When selecting a stern capstan for the same boat, Maxwell uses one size smaller drive, or down to a minimum of 50% of the pull rating of the windlass (unless specified otherwise).