Selecting the right anchor and winch for your vessel is one of the most important decisions you will make. NZ boaties use their windlasses a lot so its important to get it right.
There are a number of important criteria to be considered in selecting the correct anchor winch. These include the vessel size, displacement, windage (structure) and type of rode you are using. Practicalities such as locker space and depth of fall are particular issues for trailer craft and will play a major part in deciding which windlass to choose.
The two basic types of windlasses are differentiated by the drive shaft orientation.
Vertical Windlasses - They offer low profile and do not dominate the fore deck. They are characterised by situating the gypsy (topworks) above the deck and the motor and gearbox below.
Horizontal Windlasses (Deck Windlass) - are mounted completely above deck including the gypsy and motor/gearbox. They provide a 90 degree wrap of the anchor rode around the gypsy. Generally easier to install and superior with small anchor lockers.