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VW Vertical Windlasses

500 - 4000 Max. Pull • For Chain-Only or Rope & Chain Rodes with Manual Transfer • Typical Boat Length 20 - 85 ft • No Integral Chainpipe • Capstan
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Overview
A relatively specialized windlass, the VW Series of capstan windlasses is designed for traditional rope and chain combination rodes, where manual transfer of the rode from the rope warping drum to the chainwheel is required. A deck mounted chain stopper is required to hold the anchor chain while transferring the rode from capstan to chainwheel.
Note that this windlass does not have a chainwheel that will handle both rope and chain. On a VW windlass, the rope is handled on the capstan, and the chain is handled on the chainwheel.
VW windlasses can also be used with all-chain rodes where a warping drum is desired for other functions - such as handling mooring lines and - if necessary - halyards, tow ropes, etc. The vertical capstan on VW windlasses is ideal for this purpose as, unlike horizontal capstans, it can handle lines leading from any direction.

Note that VW windlasses have no integral chainpipe. Typically, VW windlasses are mounted on a shelf inside an opening chain locker, or on deck just aft of an opening chain locker, so the chain and rope spill into the locker. Another option is to install an independent deck-mounted chainpipe forward of the windlass, over a below deck chain locker.

With no integral chainpipe, VW windlasses are well suited to handling more than one anchor, as the rodes are not captive in a chainpipe. One rode can be cleated off, or held in a chainstopper, while the other rode is handled.

Note — 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 common sense and 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.

• Models for 1/4" to 1/2" chain
• Cone-type brake/clutch mechanism permits controlled manual "free fall" anchoring
• Clutch disengagement of the chainwheel enables independent rope hauling on the capstan
• Chainwheel locking pawl
• Simple through deck installation by alignment of gearbox to the topworks utilizing marine-grade stainless steel bolts
• Anodized aluminum gearbox and spacer tube
• Decoding the part numbers — model and size, power source, chainwheel number
• As with all windlasses, use in conjunction with a chain stopper, snubber or mooring cleat to take the load when lying at anchor
• CE marked
• 3-year limited warranty

What's in the box (U.S. models) — windlass and chainwheel, panel mounted on/off circuit breaker, single black covered high amperage footswitch (no solenoid required), and clutch release/emergency manual retrieval handle.
Recommended options include: chain stopper (or chain snubber); see Accessories, below.
Additional options include: dual direction solenoid and second deck mounted footswitch - if dual direction powered operation is desired, wired or wireless handheld remote control, rode counter; 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.
 
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Sku#Item IDMaxwell#AvailabilityDescriptionUOMYour PriceQTY
364775MXW VW50012V VW50012VLoading...12V VW 500 Capstan Windlass - 1/4" HT Chain, 500 lb Max Pull for Boats ∼20 - 37 ftLoading...
364776MXW VW100012V111 VW100012V111Loading...12V VW 1000 Capstan Windlass - 1/4" HT Chain, 1540 lb Max Pull for Boats ∼25 - 42 ftLoading...
364777MXW VW100012V105 VW100012V105Loading...12V VW 1000 Capstan Windlass - 5/16" HT or BBB Chain, 1540 lb Max Pull for Boats ∼25 - 42 ftLoading...
364779MXW VW100012V114 VW100012V114Loading...12V VW 1000 Capstan Windlass - 3/8" BBB Chain, 1540 lb Max Pull for Boats ∼25 - 42 ftLoading...
364778MXW VW100012V100 VW100012V100Loading...12V VW 1000 Capstan Windlass - 3/8" HT or PC Chain, 1540 lb Max Pull for Boats ∼25 - 42 ftLoading...
364782MXW VW150012V111 VW150012V111Loading...12V VW 1500 Capstan Windlass - 1/4" HT Chain, 1870 lb Max Pull for Boats ∼30 - 52 ftLoading...
364783MXW VW150012V105 VW150012V105Loading...12V VW 1500 Capstan Windlass - 5/16" HT or BBB Chain, 1870 lb Max Pull for Boats ∼30 - 52 ftLoading...
364785MXW VW150012V114 VW150012V114Loading...12V VW 1500 Capstan Windlass - 3/8" BBB Chain, 1870 lb Max Pull for Boats ∼30 - 52 ftLoading...
364784MXW VW150012V100 VW150012V100Loading...12V VW 1500 Capstan Windlass - 3/8" HT or PC Chain, 1870 lb Max Pull for Boats ∼30 - 52 ftLoading...
440518MXW VW250012V058 VW250012V058Loading...12V VW 2500 Capstan Windlass - 3/8" HT or PC Chain, 2500 lb Max Pull for Boats ∼40 - 60 ftLoading...
364793MXW VW350012V033 VW350012V033Loading...12V VW 3500 Capstan Windlass - 5/16" HT or BBB Chain, 3500 lb Max Pull for Boats ∼45 - 68 ftLoading...
364794MXW VW350012V054 VW350012V054Loading...12V VW 3500 Capstan Windlass - 3/8" BBB Chain, 3500 lb Max Pull for Boats ∼45 - 68 ftLoading...
364795MXW VW350012V058 VW350012V058Loading...12V VW 3500 Capstan Windlass - 3/8" HT or PC Chain, 3500 lb Max Pull for Boats ∼45 - 68 ftLoading...
364796MXW VW350012V016 VW350012V016Loading...12V VW 3500 Capstan Windlass - 1/2" HT Chain, 3500 lb Max Pull for Boats ∼45 - 68 ftLoading...
364780MXW VW100024V100 VW100024V100Loading...24V VW 1000 Capstan Windlass - 3/8" HT or PC Chain, 1540 lb Max Pull for Boats ∼25 - 42 ftLoading...
384039MXW VW150024V114 VW150024V114Loading...24V VW 1500 Capstan Windlass - 3/8" BBB Chain, 1870 lb Max Pull for Boats ∼30 - 52 ftLoading...
364786MXW VW150024V100 VW150024V100Loading...24V VW 1500 Capstan Windlass - 3/8" HT or PC Chain, 1870 lb Max Pull for Boats ∼30 - 52 ftLoading...
364797MXW VW350024V058 VW350024V058Loading...24V VW 3500 Capstan Windlass - 3/8" HT or PC Chain, 3500 lb Max Pull for Boats ∼45 - 68 ftLoading...
429243MXW VW350024V016 VW350024V016Loading...24V VW 3500 Capstan Windlass - 1/2" HT Chain, 3500 lb Max Pull for Boats ∼45 - 68 ftLoading...
437377MXW VW3500EDC24V016 VW3500EDC24V016Loading...24V VW 3500 Long Shaft Capstan Windlass - 1/2" HT Chain, 3500 lb Max Pull for Boats ∼45 - 68 ftLoading...
434500MXW VW1500HYD100 VW1500HYD100Loading...Hydraulic VW 1500 Capstan Windlass - 3/8" HT or PC Chain, 1870 lb Max Pull for Boats ∼30 - 52 ftLoading...
372306MXW VW3500HYD016 VW3500HYD016Loading...Hydraulic VW 3500 Capstan Windlass - 1/2" HT Chain, 3500 lb Max Pull for Boats ∼45 - 68 ftLoading...
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