How do I purchase an anchor winch, and how do I know which winch is best for my boat?
Call us directly on Tel: 08 8382 5283 and one of our winch specialists can help. All of our winch specialists are boating enthusiasts, so they’ll make sure to recommend the best winch for your specific boat, and for its uses.
We can even let you know if there are any current pricing specials, and direct you to a Dealer close to your location if you’d prefer to test any of our product before purchasing.
In the meantime, check out our Boat Review Page for a look at a few options for your boat.
I heard that Freefall winches are a bad choice – why do you sell them?
You might hear a few of our competitors say that a Freefall winch is no good – that’s purely because we hold a world-wide patent, that they are not allowed to copy!
Talk to a boat industry insider. They’ll tell you that our winches are the best on the market – especially our Freefall models. After all, can our extensive list of boat owners, boat builders, dealers and distributors be wrong?
I heard that you had upgraded your winches - what is the difference between the older Stressfree winches and the new Stressfree winches?
Although the older model had no issues, we found an opportunity to improve and strengthen the design for larger boats too (also, our engineering team just can’t sit still – they love to investigate ways to improve on what we’ve got). We have:
- Increased the size of the base plate on the Mini standard, NG Mini Freefall, Midi standard and NG Midi Freefall from 6mm to 8mm 316 marine grade stainless steel.
- Increased the diameter of the drive shaft has been increased from 18mm to 25mm
- Re-engineered the pivot bolt so that it is welded to the push arm to give an extra 8mm of engagement
- Increased the size of the stainless steel bush welded to the drum, to accommodate the larger 25mm diameter drive shaft, and increased the black acetyl freefall bush to accommodate the larger stainless steel bush.
- Upgraded the gearbox to a Quick 50 series double anodised gearbox to prevent corrosion and enhance its strength.
Do the type of materials used really make a difference? Most of the winches I’ve seen look the same!
Don’t be fooled by the polished stainless steel by many other winch manufacturers – this doesn’t contribute to durability or functionality; it only makes it look good. We only use satin finish 316L marine grade stainless steel for a reason – it is proven to avoid the deterioration that comes from inferior winches on the market.
My wife was wondering…. how long does your warranty last?
That said, because we stand by the durability of our products when used correctly, we’d be happy for you to give us a call to discuss any winch issues outside of this period. Tel: 08 8382 5283
I’m confused! What’s the difference between a Stressfree Marine Drum Winch and a Windlass?
|Function||Stressfree Marine Drum Winch||Windlass|
|Reliability||The rope and chain feeds on and off as the drum rotates forward and reverse therefore eliminating the risk of malfunction caused by the rope twisting||Rope naturally twists, causing malfunction, jams|
|Speed||Variable speeds to suit the diameter of the drum||Maintains same speed/torque|
|User friendly||One-person operation with winch functions operated by a switch panel located at the helm. No need to tie off in normal fishing conditions||Requires tie off at anchor|
|Rope||Type of rope is not prescriptive – we recommend smaller diameter rope to maximise the break strain and drum capacity||Need to use specific rope|
|Mounts||Fits into shallow, narrow spaces – anchor well mount is preferred leaving the deck free of additional obstacles||Deck mounted|
|Manual release||Should the electrics fail, all our models have manual release||N/A|
|Drum capacity||The capacity of the drum is finite – must maintain a clearance||Unlimited|
|Application suitability||Designed to suit the marine environment, 316 stainless steel, Italian motor and gearbox||Varies|