Company History








Company History

E-Z Anchor Puller Mfg. Co. , was founded in 1990 by George L. Towns Sr., in Ludington, MI,  and has sold thousands of anchor pullers all over the world, including Alaska, Saudi Arabia and the West Indies.

George L. Towns Sr. grew up in Ludington, MI graduating from Ludington High School with the class of 1943. Shortly following graduation from High School, George enlisted and served with the U.S. Navy Seabees. He loaded ships with a crane until the war was over.

After the war Towns opened the first Sport Fishing Marina in Ludington — The Tamarac Sportfishing Dock. He made his own down riggers and started a charter operation on his 38-foot boat, Moonlighter, he also ran a sports fishing store in downtown Ludington.

In 1985 while fishing from his winter home in Islamorada, Florida Keys for yellow-tailed snapper, he became frustrated with tangled anchor lines and safety hazards of climbing out on the bow of his boat to set and retrieve his anchor.

George had an idea for a deck mounted, drum winch that avoids the pitfalls of tangled and frayed anchor line, with superior holding capacity to avoid tying the anchor rode off to a cleat. He fabricated some PVC plastic brackets and base plate, which he mounted to a modified speed reducer / worm gear electric winch and stainless steel spool, and covered it with a fiberglass cover.

George had no intentions of selling his one-of-a-kind anchor winch, however in a short time several of his neighbors and fishing club buddies insisted he make one for each of them. George contracted manufacturing services from a few local vendors to satisfy the orders forced upon him by his neighbors and fishing club buddies. As the positive word-of-mouth spread about this awesome new anchor retrieval solution, George was forced into business and E-Z Anchor Puller Mfg. Co. was born in 1990.

After 19 years offering better anchor retrieval systems to commercial & sport fishermen and scuba & snorkel charter captains,  George L. Towns Sr. passed away in 2009 at the age of 83. The business continued for the next 18 months being managed by George's wife, Judy Towns.

In December 2011 E-Z Anchor Puller Mfg. Co. was acquired by private investors and in June 2014 E-Z Anchor Puller Mfg. Co. moved to its current location in Clearwater, FL.

E-Z Anchor Puller Mfg. Co. provides a solid, reliable, easy to use solution to anchoring.  As a leading anchor winch manufacture, our products provide safe and consistent launching and retrieval of anchors in both calm and rough seas.  Whether you have a 20' near shore fishing boat, or a 60' long distance fishing vessel, we have an anchor system that provide you years of dependability and safety when anchoring.

 So, what are you waiting for?  Browse through our catalog of anchor pullers and anchor accessories and feel confident in that your purchase is represented by a company with over 25 years of experience in windlass alternatives.