The VC Series is designed for simple, low cost anchor recovery on smaller boats and rope hauling on larger vessels. Due to its vertical orientation - and unlike capstans on horizontal windlasses - these capstans can be used for auxiliary line hauling with lead-in from any direction.
• Vertical design suits smaller powerboats or sailboats
• Can be utilized for anchor rodes, or as a docking and mooring capstan on larger craft
• Smaller models are sometimes installed on sailboats for electric powered hauling of halyards and sheets as an inexpensive non-self-tailing alternative to electric sheet winches; see below for more details
• High quality finish on above deck components, hard wearing chrome over marine-grade bronze
• Simplified through-deck installation by modular design and precise alignment of gearbox to the topworks utilizing marine-grade stainless steel bolts
• Alternative gearbox/motor positions accommodate virtually all installation situations
• Compact, reliable gearbox, made of corrosion resistant materials
• Anodized aluminium gearbox and spacer on VC500 and VC1000 models
• Heavy duty, dual direction motors, designed for marine windlasses
• Easily disassembled for servicing
• Can be mounted horizontally for use as a pot hauler or davit winch
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 capstan, but has a relatively heavy displacement for its length, we recommend you choose the next larger size capstan.
Analogously, If your vessel's length is toward the top end of the range provided for a particular capstan, but has a very light displacement for its length, you can select that capstan.
What's in the box (U.S. models) — single direction (clockwise) capstan, panel mounted on/off circuit breaker, and one (1) deck mounted black covered high amperage foot switch (no solenoid required).
Heavy on the technical side...
When sizing VC capstans, Maxwell recommends that for a particular length of boat, the next size smaller motor can be used for a capstan, compared to a windlass sized for that boat. We have used those sizing recommendations here.
So, if a VWC 1500 windlass was selected as suitable for a particular vessel, that vessel would use a VC 1000 capstan.
Smaller VC capstans are periodically installed on sailboats as electric powered halyard (especially) or sheet winches as an alternative to expensive purpose designed self-tailing electric sheet winches. Being worm gear driven, these VC capstans will not backwind (reverse) while holding high static loads as you cleat off or engage a rope clutch. When used for halyards, we recommend always using these VC capstans in conjunction with rope clutches.