The RC12 Series automatic rope/chain windlass is built to effortlessly retrieve and deploy 10mm–13mm (3/8″–1/2”) short link chain and 16mm–22mm (5/8″–7/8”) 8-Plait rope (depending on model) using Maxwell’s patented Wave Design™ chainwheel.
The RC12 is a highly versatile windlass offering multiple configurations (anti-clockwise, capstan, low profile, extended deck clearance etc.) and is packed with patented features showcasing the very best of Maxwell engineering. The RC12 windlass range is suitable for boats ranging from 10m (30ft) to 20m (65ft) and has been designed and engineered to expertly balance aesthetics with rugged dependability.
The deck plate, chain pipe cover, heavy-duty pressure arm, stripper arm, chainwheel, and fluted capstan drum are all manufactured using marine-grade (AISI 316) stainless steel which is x-rayed by Maxwell QC to ensure the chemical composition of the metal.
The through-deck hawse pipe ensures easy entry of the rope/chain rode into and out of the anchor locker and the double cone-type brake/clutch mechanism permits ‘Free Fall’ anchoring. Cone clutches, unlike dog clutches, provide smooth progressive engagement, ensuring safe and precise operator control.
Emergency manual retrieval is made simple and easy with Maxwell’s unique “Active Latch Ratchet System” operation that prevents backwind of the windlass during manual hauling of the anchor.
The gearbox used on the RC12 is Maxwell’s own design, and provides a number of advantages, chiefly:
- Fast and easy windlass installation.
- More corrosion resistant.
- Easy to maintain and service.
- Takes up less room in the anchor locker.
- 75:1 ratio, single stage design with less moving parts, for smoother and quieter operation.
- Allows for multi-positioning of the gearbox/motor.
Activation of the ratcheted mechanism lever ensures the windlass cannot backwind during emergency (manual) retrieval of the rode (rope and/or chain) and anchor.
Important: Maxwell windlasses must be used in conjunction with a chain stopper and/or alternative snubbing device to take the load off the windlass while laying at anchor. The chain stopper and alternative snubbing system should also be used to secure the anchor in the fully raised position while under way.
Every Maxwell automatic rope/chain windlass is available with all the necessary components for fully automatic dual direction control in a competitively priced package. This windlass is also available in a version with extra deck clearance. Contact your dealer for more information.
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