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Maxwell has long been recognised as the industry leader when it comes to innovative design of anchoring equipment. By employing top calibre people with solid theoretical and practical backgrounds in the marine industry, Maxwell is able to satisfy the needs of a demanding market with the design of product that consistently exceeds the expectations of its customers. 

 

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Anchor winches, capstans and windlasses, anchoring systems designed and manufactured by Maxwell Marine

All you need to know about Maxwell products

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Winch and a Windlass?

There are many nautical terms associated with the anchoring of your boat. Winch and windlass are but two. To acquaint you with many of the commonly used terms associated with lowering and raising your anchor, we have provided a Glossary of Terms in both our Power & Sailing Boats and Superyacht catalogues. These terms can also be found under the Support section of our Website. Click ‘Glossary’. For those of you who really want to get into marine nomenclature there is an excellent book available called: “The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea”, Oxford University Press.

Which is better, a Vertical or Horizontal Windlass?

Maxwell manufactures both. Refer to the “Which Winch” section of our Website under Power & Sailing Boats or check Superyacht headings for more information regarding which type will be most suitable for your boat.

Which is better, an all chain or a combination rope & chain windlass?

Much will depend on your anchoring requirements. Maxwell manufactures a number of different winches suitable for all chain use or for rope and chain use. The Maxwell Power & Sailing Boats catalogue details all available models and sizes. You can also check our Website for information under Power & Sailing Boats. Just click under any of the models shown.

How much chain or rope and chain should I use when anchoring?

When anchoring your boat there are many factors to take into consideration. Depth of water, type of seabed, wind, tide and proximity of other vessels are all considerations. Books on seamanship will vary in their opinion. However, considering relatively sheltered anchoring conditions, you should lay out at least three times more chain than the depth of water you are anchoring in (don’t forget to allow for the rise and fall of the tide). If using a combination rope/chain rode then you will want to consider at least a five to one ratio of rode to water depth. Always remember, use common sense and if in doubt, lay out more rode.

Which Winch?

There are a number of important criteria to be considered in selecting the correct anchor winch. These include the vessel size, displacement, windage, anchor size and rode selection. Practicalities such as locker space and depth of fall for the rode also play a part in deciding which windlass is ideal for you.

Maxwell Marine’s range of windlasses and capstans is extensive, with models to suit boats up to 100 metres (over 300 feet). This section aims to simplify the selection process by taking you step by step through all the criteria that needs to be considered when choosing a windlass or capstan.

Maxwell Marine’s range of windlasses and capstans is extensive, with models to suit boats up to 100 metres (over 300 feet). This section aims to simplify the selection process by taking you step by step through all the criteria that needs to be considered when choosing a windlass or capstan.