HORIZONTAL OR VERTICAL WINDLASS?
An electric windlass is one of those items that seem like a luxury, but quickly becomes a necessity once you strain your back while weighing anchor. If you are thinking about a windlass, know this: You will have to decide between a horizontal or vertical model. Here are some pluses and minuses of each.
A horizontal windlass is so named because the electric motor and gypsy spindle are configured horizontally. Such units are mounted above deck, and so they are fairly high profile. Because everything is above deck, installation and maintenance is easier than with a vertical unit. Also, with nothing below deck, it is better for boats with small anchor lockers. Specification Notice: A minimum fall of 12 inches above the rode pile is required in order to have enough gravity to pull the rode down into the locker.
A vertical windlass has a gypsy spindle that is configured vertically. The motor is always concealed below deck. With just the gypsy above deck, a vertical windlass is sleek in appearance, and that helps preserve the lines of a boat. However, installation and maintenance are more complex than with a horizontal unit. Specification Notice: A minimum fall of 18 inches above the rode pile is required to have enough gravity to pull the rode down into the locker.