The windlass makes operating a boat so much easier. This age-old invention has helped bring up anchors for centuries.
Today’s anchor windlasses are electrically operated and designed to quickly drop and lift your boat’s anchor into the ocean. Depending on the size of your boat and the quantity and types of anchors you have, you may need one or more windlass.
Anchoring your boat is often one of the most dangerous parts of boating. If you ask any experienced sailor, almost all of them will have at least one story of the time they sliced their hand open tossing the anchor, or got off-balance and busted their behind on the deck.
A mechanical windlass allows the anchor to be instantly dropped or withdrawn from the boat just like a winch. No more sketchy balancing acts on the tip of your boat!
In today’s article, we’re going to take a look at some of the top windlasses on the market. We’ll start with the best anchor windlass, the Lewmar V700.