Maxwell has been a name synonymous with the highest standards of performance in providing anchoring solutions for pleasure boats, superyachts and commercial vessels for over 4 decades. Not only do Maxwell products work flawlessly but they also look great and perform to the highest standards. Known internationally for their reliability and performance, their range of windlasses, capstans and accessories provide anchoring solutions for vessels from 6 meters (20 feet) to over 90 meters (300 feet). Maxwell introduced the first automatic rope/chain windlass during the mid-1990's and today they continue their innovations with the custom built superyacht series of the future.
Vertical vs Horizontal Winches
Vertical winches have several advantages to horizontal winches, first being that they are less expensive than equivalent horizontal models. Also, vertical winches take up less space on deck and are easier to maintain. With vertical systems more chain is in contact with the chainwell, thus avoiding the possibility of chain jump, therefore chain alignment is not as critical as it is with horizontal windlass alignment. Line-pull on the warping drum can be in any direction, as opposed to fore and aft only on horizontal models. However, horizontal winches may be the ideal choice and better suited to applications where there is limited below deck space/ accessibility, extreme deck thickness (over 200mm - 8"), or where tow anchors must be handled from one winch.
DC, AC or Hydraulic System
The most important factor with a DC electric motor is not the wattage, but instead the efficiency of the whole winch, including the gearbox and motor.
The increasing popularity of powerful and compact on-board generators have made AC powered winches a more practical consideration for bigger boats. Hydraulic systems have the advantage of constant speed under all load conditions and can be run almost constantly while coupled with safe guards such as pressure relief valves. Modern hydraulic systems offer an integrated, low maintenance and efficient, centrally managed, power pack.
Maxwell Anchor Winches will provide you with years of reliable and trouble-free anchoring when they are cared for and well maintained.
Tips and Guidelines
- Routinely wash down the above deck portion of the winch and chain with clean salt or fresh water.
- Remove any corrosion build up and coat with a suitable protective product (especially to the gearbox and motor).
- Ensure that the clutches are in good working order by releasing and re-setting them during inspection and wash down. Periodic greasing of the clutch cones with a waterproof marine grease is essential.
Prior To Season
- Above deck components should be removed and greased following the appropriate maintenance and installation instructions in the
owner's manual. Check the level of oil in the gearbox and top up as per instructions if necessary.
- Underdeck components should be sprayed, preferably with CRC-3097 Long Life or alternatively, CRC 6-66, CRC "Soft Seal" or WD 40.
- Particular attention should be paid to the motor terminals, footswitch terminals, terminals on the reversing solenoids, plus the battery and isolator terminals to ensure all are in good working order.
- These steps should be taken every 6 months.
End Of Season
- Before storage, carryout procedures under Prior To Season
- Above deck components: Clean the windlass with a cloth damp with kerosene (paraffin). Spray, preferably with CRC 3097 Long Life or, alternatively, CRC 6-66 or WD 40. Polish off with a clean non-fluffy cloth.
- Gearbox: The Maxwell gearbox is a totally self-contained sealed unit. Providing the windlass is not abused this unit should give years of trouble free service. Every three years the gearbox should be removed, oil drained, cleaned and replaced with SAE 90.
- Most anchor winches on vessels up to about 18 meters use 12V or 24V DC electric motors. It is important that the motor is kept well protected and serviced. Neglect of the winch's electric motor is one of the most common causes of windlass failure.