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Press Release – June 2016

Stress free innovations.

Stressfree Marine, a nationally recognised brand in the marine market, has recently launched the latest evolution to their anchor winch range.  Despite having a range of successful products on the market, this Lonsdale, South Australia based company continues to invest in research and development in their pursuit of a greater boating experience for their customers – and for their Founder, Dean Forster.

NG Midi 50 FreefallIn the mid-1990s, when engineer and boating enthusiast Dean Forster conceived the idea of creating a faster and more accurate anchor winch, he was only thinking about one thing – catching more fish!  Dean wanted a system that would allow him to release and retrieve his anchor much faster than he presently could, for quicker manoeuvrability. This led to the development of Stressfree Marine’s standard drum anchor winch range, and their patented Freefall range, featuring one-touch precision anchoring at five times the speed of standard winches.

In their most recent anchor winch developments, Stressfree Marine have continued to explore ways to increase safety, durability and functionality.  By increasing the size of their superior satin finish 316L marine grade stainless steel base plate from 6mm to 8mm, Stressfree Marine has found a way to delivery an even higher level of stability in unpredictable weather conditions.

Further solidifying their lead with the highest torque gearbox on any drum winch, the Drive Shaft has increased from 18mm to 25mm, and the pivot bolt has been reengineered to deliver an extra 8mm of engagement.  Choosing to use the Quick-50 series double anodised gearbox, has also increased protection against corrosion and salt water exposure.

Now available to their customers around Australia and the world, Stressfree Marine are already enjoying a strong demand from Dealers, Boat Builders and boat owners for their latest evolution of the anchor winch.

NG Mini 50 FreefallAmusingly they are also looking forward to the copy-cats that will enter the market now that they have launched these new developments.  The company has found that their standard power Down/Up winches are the most copied on the market.  “Imitation is the greatest form of flattery” says Director Shauna Forster, reminding the team at head office that competition is healthy, as it keeps them continually innovating.

For more information on the Stressfree Marine range of products, visit their website at

  • I am writing… to congratulate and thank you most sincerely for the outstanding customer service and your commitment to maintain the highest standards in product quality.

    (We) have been happily using your anchor for many years now and your most recent assistance during the servicing and upgrading of our three units has further reinforced our confidence in your products and respect for your people.

    Peter Bailey and Steve Johnson
  • I have sworn by this winch thus far and it was a must have unit on my vessel.

    Alex Tindall
  • The good people at Streaker Boats had one of your winches fitted to their boats on display at the Melbourne Boat Show, and I was impressed. I will be recommending Stressfree.

    Graham Simester
  • I chose a Stressfree from my knowledge of other competitor’s products from working in the boating industry, but also after much research on the internet and several boat shows to look at comparisons.  I am extremely happy with my new winch and would recommend to anyone thinking of purchasing one, to speak to the team at Stressfree.  They build a great Aussie product that is better than the rest!! Support great Australians.

    Phil Dudley
  • When making the decision to purchase an anchor winch I had choice. The quality and performance is exceptional. For the past 4 years our Stressfree winch has been totally stress-free. It has never missed a beat and made anchor retrieval so easy.

    When I renew my boat in about 12 months’ time I will not consider any other product when it comes to boat winches. Great product, great backup service. Thanks to you and your team. Now time to go fishing ….

    Jim Tanner
  • No wonder Stressfree is number one in your field, when you can provide backup service like you have.

    Graeme McKinnell
  • I recently purchased a Stressfree NG Series Freefall anchor winch on my Northbank boat, and would like to express my congratulations for the professional and expert advice received from all your staff.

    The user handbook along with the labelling of the wiring loom made installation so easy. I would not hesitate to recommend Stressfree to anyone seeking to buy an anchor winch.

    Tony Gepp
  • Congratulations and many thanks to the team at Stressfree for a great product but equally for their fantastic after sales support!

    Phil Dudley
  • The winch works a treat. I would not hesitate recommending a Stressfree winch to anyone looking to replace or fitting on a new boat. I have the same winch on one of my other boats and will possible look  at re-building my old winch to fit to another boat I own.

    Darren Smedley
  • You guys are the BEST – always give 100% – great Aussie service – pity more businesses didn’t have the same ethics.

    Jose Legge
  • Thank you so much. The support offered over the phone (on Christmas Day!) allowed us to problem solve quickly, identify the problem and repair. I hope you share this because we will relay this sentiment to our friends and members of the fishing club regarding your friendliness, professionalism and fantastic customer support.

    Con and Sebastian
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