Maxwell's popular RC Series of vertical windlasses automatically handles rope/chain combination rodes - including the thick rope splice, making a seamless transition from chain to rope as the rode is deployed or retrieved. As vertical windlasses, they take up less room on deck, can be very low profile, and if equipped with a capstan, can handle rope hauling from any direction. The vertical RC range is suitable for boats from 15 feet to apporximately 52 feet in length. This entry features the mid-range RC8 windlasses.
The RC8-6 and larger RC8-8 windlasses features Maxwell's off-set rib, Wave Design chainwheel — which offers superior holding power with less wear on the rope. This chainwheel will accommodate 1/4"/6mm/7mm (RC8-6) or 5/16"/8mm (RC8-8) short link marine chain — HT or BBB or metric. The chainwheel handles all of them equally well.
By the way, the RC8 works just as well with all-chain rodes for those who prefer the added security and holding power of an all-chain anchor system.
The self-aligning gearbox and motor means quick and easy installation by either the boat yard or the DIY aftermarket customer. The horizontal motor can be oriented in any of 10 different positions for customized installation. A huge through-deck hawse pipe ensures easy entry and exit of rope and chain.
The RC8-6 windlass is typically suitable for use on boats in the 20 - 32 ft range, depending on windage and displacement.
The RC8-8 windlass is typically suitable for use on boats in the 28 - 45 ft range, depending on windage and displacement.
Typical boat lengths listed include both light and heavy displacement vessels. If your vessel's length is toward the top end of the range given for a particular windlass, but has a relatively heavy displacement for its length, choose the next larger size windlass.
Analogously, If your vessel's length is toward the top end of the range provided for a particular windlass, but has a very light displacement for its length, you can select that windlass.
Use good judgment, as you never know when your windlass will be pressed to perform at the limits of its capabilities - such as raising the anchor in storm conditions.
Compared to the similar 500W RC6 model with the same 770 lb maximum pull, this 600W RC8-6 windlass has a 15% faster retrieval speed, can hold a much higher static load, and has an emergency manual retrieval mechanism. It also has a 90° gearbox with the motor set off to the side, leaving more vertical clearance in the chain locker for the rode.
Capstan drum models allow for independent winching of other lines - a second anchor rode, mooring lines, running rigging, etc.
• Wave Design chainwheel provides superior holding power and less rope wear, see below
• RC8-6 Wave Design Chainwheel will accommodate 1/4" HT/BBB or 6mm/7mm short link marine chain spliced to 1/2" three-strand or 8-plait rope
• RC8-8 Wave Design Chainwheel will accommodate 5/16" HT/BBB or 8mm short link marine chain spliced to 5/8" three-strand or 8-plait rope
• Capstan models have a chromed bronze drum
• Simple 2-piece installation with no need to disassemble the windlass - saves time and money
• Easy maintenance accessibility
• Manual retrieval and cone clutch controlled "free fall" deployment option using emergency handle provided
• Top works manufactured from marine grade chromed bronze and stainless steel for outstanding saltwater durability
• Sealed oil bath and marine grade hard anodized aluminum alloy gearbox with precision worm drive for maximum power output
• Extra deck thickness kit is available by special order
• Dimensions on deck: 8-5/16"L x 6-3/16"W x 3-5/16"H; Capstan Models: 5-3/4"H
• As with all windlasses, use in conjunction with a chain stopper or snubber to take the load when lying at anchor
• 3-year limited warranty
• Note that G4, G40, G43, and High Test (HT) chains are equivalent for sizing purposes
What's in the box (U.S. models) — windlass and chainwheel, panel mounted up/down helm switch, dual direction solenoid, panel mounted on/off circuit breaker, and clutch release/emergency manual retrieval handle.
Recommended options include: chain stopper (or chain snubber); see Accessories, below.
Additional options include: deck mounted footswitches, wired or wireless rode counters, windlass control and rode counter combo, wired or wireless handheld remote control; see Related Products.
Is one of these windlasses a good choice for your boat? You can use the recommended typical boat lengths provided or, for a more rigorous determination, take the total weight of your ground tackle (anchor + rode - presumably correctly sized for your particular vessel) and multiply by 3. The maximum pull capability of the windlass should be at least as large as the resulting number.
Heavy on the technical side...
The patented Wave Design™ rope/chain wheel incorporates two unique design concepts that greatly improve the handling and control of the rope/chain spliced rode. The outer ribs of the chainwheel are angled slightly forward ensuring that the rope and the chain are smoothly guided in the wheel during anchor retrieval.
As the rope pulls into the wheel, the opposite facing inner ribs grip the rope in an undulating manner, securing the rope more firmly in a "wave pattern" action (like a rope clutch) that is far superior to the traditional "jam cleat" manner of holding the rope used in all other rope/chain wheels on the market. Not only does this Wave Design hold the rope more securely, it is also kinder on the rope resulting in increased longevity of your anchor rode.
The ingeniously designed Wave Design™ Chainwheel on every RC Series windlass, is able to accommodate a wide range of chain pitch differences within the specified marine short-link chain size — G4, BBB, and Metric.