We stock the Viper Pro and S Series anchor winches from Bell Marine, as well as the Dave, Dylan, Genius, Hector, Prince, PT and Totem Series’ anchor winches from Quick Nautical Equipment. Our range also includes anchor winch fitment kits, chain counters, deck foot switches, remote controls, external antennas, radio receivers, switch controls and wiring looms.
Every boat owner has their reasons for installing a winch; it can save your back and reduce the chance of falling overboard, allows you to change your boat’s position multiple times in a fishing trip and can help you leave in a hurry if necessary.
But an anchor winch will only be a valuable piece of equipment if you choose the right one. Consider how much space you have available on your boat, the weight of your anchor, length of your anchor rode and what capacity a winch will need to have in order to lift your anchor and rode.
The ability of an anchor to hold will depend upon the design & shape of the anchor, the composition of the seabed material and the weight of the chain on the anchor. Make sure you have the correct anchor & rode for these factors before selecting a winch.
There are three kinds of anchor winches available:
A Windlass Anchor Winch has the rope and chain rotate vertically over a winch which is in a horizontal position. The horizontal windlass has a 90-degree wrap of the anchor rode around a chainwheel. This anchor winch pulls the anchor rode in and stores it in an anchor well/storage locker.
The Capstan Anchor Winch rotates the anchor line horizontally around a winch which stands in an upright position. Also known as a vertical windlass, there is a 180-degree wrap of the anchor rode around the chainwheel. The hard work of a winch is completed by a gypsy that hauls the anchor’s rope and chain in and out of the water. The gypsy is designed to fit one or more diameter of the line (3-strand, 8-strand or 12-strand construction) and specific types of chain.This anchor winch also stores the anchor rode in an anchor well or storage locker.
A Drum Anchor Winch gathers all the rope and chain on a drum, which means it is ideal for vessels which have no anchor well/storage locker to gather the rope & chain in so it can be mounted anywhere where the winch has a direct line pull over the bow roller. Drum winches can be limited by the amount of rope and chain that can be contained on the drum.To obtain extra length, you can use thinner (smaller diameter) rope with higher breaking strain.This will increase the length of rope that can be stored on the drum, however it needs to be selected carefully for safety reasons.It is also more expensive so can increase the overall cost. Drum winches release the anchor rode very quickly and pull it in equally fast.