The 8 Best Boat Windlasses
This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Whether you're an old salt or a seafaring novice, save your back some strain by letting a windlass let out and haul up your boat's anchor. These mechanical deckhands pull heavy weights much faster than any person can, giving you the ability to set off in a jiffy should the winds or your mood shift. Our selections have different ratings suitable for a range of boat sizes. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best boat windlass on Amazon.
Quick USA GP2 1500 From a well-respected Italian manufacturer, this horizontal windlass is made of quality components, can haul 1,213 pounds and allows for manual free fall. quickusastore.com
May 23, 2019:
While manual windlasses exist -- yes, even in the 21st century -- we did not include any in our list for two reasons. First, they can cost about as much as their electric counterparts and while they make raising and lowering your anchor easier than doing it by hand, it still requires muscle. Second, some electric windlasses, such as the Maxwell RC8, allow you to retrieve your anchor manually if you so wish, though the feature is often described as an "emergency manual lift."
Choosing the right electric windlass for your boat can seem a bit tricky, but to get started, all you need to know is some simple arithmetic. Add up the total weight of your vessel's ground tackle, which is your anchor and rode, and multiply that by four. Whatever windlass you go with should have a maximum pull that matches or exceeds that number.
Another factor to consider is the orientation of the windlass. There are horizontal and vertical models. The horizontal ones, like the Maxwell HRC10, are best suited for boats with more spacious decks and small anchor lockers. The Lewmar V3 Go FF and other vertical units are installed so that most of the machine is hidden below deck, saving space above, and making them ideal for smaller decked boats.