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LEWMARPro Fish Free-Fall Windlasses

LEWMAR

Pro Fish Free-Fall Windlasses

Drop anchor right where the fish are with speed and precision

The Pro Fish windlasses feature the same low-maintenance, 100% stainless-steel construction as the Pro Series plus the feature of controlled free-fall. They feature controlled “lockoff” to start or stop anchor free-fall by simply pressing the “up/down” switch. This free-fall operation can also be disengaged to power down. Includes a stainless-steel fleming (stripper) that withstands heavy loads. All come complete with Switch Gear and Installation Kit. As an additional feature, in an emergency involving loss of power these windlasses can be operated manually with a standard 1/2" drive ratchet handle (sold separately).

  • Style: Horizontal
  • Rode Type: Rope/chain
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Capstan/Gypsy Material: Stainless steel
  • Warranty: Five years
Customer Reviews
Product Models
Description WM Model # MFG Part # Availability Price Quantity  
Pro Fish 700FF for Boats to 38', 5-3/4"H x 7"W x 9-5/8"L, 1/2" Line Dia., 1/4" HT Chain, 700lb. Max. Pull, 35A (175lb. Load) Draw @ 12V, 88' (175lb.) Speed Up, Free-Fall Speed Down 11866845 6656211107-310
In stock online.

$1,019.99

Pro Fish 1000FF for Boats to 40', 5-3/4"H x 7"W x 9-5/8"L, 9/16" Line Dia., 5/16" HT Chain, 1000lb. Max. Pull, 50A (250lb. Load) Draw @ 12V, 88' (250lb.) Speed Up, Free-Fall Speed Down 7933310 6656411108-102
Ships when available.

$1,099.99

Product Description

Drop anchor right where the fish are with speed and precision

The Pro Fish windlasses feature the same low-maintenance, 100% stainless-steel construction as the Pro Series plus the feature of controlled free-fall. They feature controlled “lockoff” to start or stop anchor free-fall by simply pressing the “up/down” switch. This free-fall operation can also be disengaged to power down. Includes a stainless-steel fleming (stripper) that withstands heavy loads. All come complete with Switch Gear and Installation Kit. As an additional feature, in an emergency involving loss of power these windlasses can be operated manually with a standard 1/2" drive ratchet handle (sold separately).

  • Style: Horizontal
  • Rode Type: Rope/chain
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Capstan/Gypsy Material: Stainless steel
  • Warranty: Five years

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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LewmarPro Fish Free Fall Windlasses
 
1.8

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

18%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

  • Poor design (8)
  • Unreliable (7)

Best Uses

      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Advanced (8), Casual/ recreational (3)

    Reviewed by 11 customers

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    2.0

    trying it again

    By West Coaster

    from Vancouver, BC

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Small Boats

        Comments about Pro Fish Free Fall Windlasses:

        This windlass was on my 32' Bayliner when I bought it and it was rough, jammed up all the time, and the "free-fall" didn't seem to work well. It finally failed on me at the worst time. Not having time to deal with warranty, I disassembled it and found the compound gear was screwing itself apart. I ordered a new gear and checked every thing else to find that the wrong chain was being used. I replaced the 5/16" 3G chain with the correct 5/16" 4G chain and it now feeds smoothly. I have only used it a few times since, so I've yet to see how long it will last this time.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Disappointed Twice

        By DmcD

        from Erie, Pa

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Poor Design
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

          Comments about Pro Fish Free Fall Windlasses:

          My first lasted leass than 2 years. It locked up. When my mechanic opened it up it was full of water. Warranty Replacement is now doing the same thing after less than two years. I always tie off on a cleat as recommended and drop anchor about 20 to 25 times a year during our Great Lakes season. We are getting less than 50 uses before self destruction. Poorly sealed, cheap internals.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Would Not Recommend

          By KH

          from Vancouver Island, BC

          About Me Advanced

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Design

            Best Uses

              Comments about Pro Fish Free Fall Windlasses:

              Weak point is small thrust bearing in compound gear assembly. It failed and jammed gears. Wasn't used more than 50 times before this happened. Lewmar won't sell bearing by itself. Wants to sell whole compound gear assembly at over $100.00.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              poor design, unreliable...

              By bodensee747

              from germany

              About Me Advanced

              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Design
                • Unreliable

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Pro Fish Free Fall Windlasses:

                  I bought this product basically relying on the good reputation of the brand.
                  Big mistake...
                  Poor design and functionality.
                  Free fall does not work at all.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  bad impulse buy

                  By searay 1

                  from porthardy B.C.

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Poor Design
                    • Unreliable

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Pro Fish Free Fall Windlasses:

                      I read these coments AFTER I purchased this winch so I thought i would be gentle with it. The line still jammed in the windlass and the clutch still froze solid. Now i'm just waiting for the gears to break and the motor to pile up.Only 20 uses. Very dissapointed.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      avoid like the plague

                      By JWBB

                      from Nassau, Bahamas

                      About Me Advanced

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Poor Design
                        • Unreliable

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Pro Fish Free Fall Windlasses:

                          Two units have become unusable within fewer than 8 uses each. Design is hopeless. Gears inside sheared on first one. Not sure what is making the second one not work yet, but it won't lift the anchor. The clutch mechanism never works well -- even when brand new. I am an engineer. This is an engineering failure.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Mine works perfect

                          By Rick

                          from El Cajon, CA

                          About Me Advanced

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Holds Boat Securely
                          • Reliable
                          • Safe

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • For Lazy People Like Me

                            Comments about Pro Fish Free Fall Windlasses:

                            Mine works perfect. I had the FX-11 anchor made by Fortress and it would not drop so I switched to a 13lb anchor and now it works perfect. I have used it for 2 plus years without a single problem. With that said, I NEVER anchor using the windlass to hold my boat. I always cleat off the rope which is what the directions say to do. Installed on a 22' fishing boat and used in San Diego bay and kelp beds.

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Complete piece of garbage

                            By Rob

                            from Rockaway Beach, NY

                            About Me Advanced

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Free Fall clutch broke
                              • Poor Design
                              • Unreliable

                              Best Uses

                              • Garbage Can

                              Comments about Pro Fish Free Fall Windlasses:

                              Free Fall clutch broke after 6 months of minimal recreational use. Chain binds constantly. Need manual intervention to get chain/rode splice through. Nightmare for one person to attempt to operate.

                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              Junk Do Not Purchase

                              By Channel Islands Fisherman

                              from Ventura CA

                              About Me Advanced

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Corrodes
                                • Poor Design
                                • Unreliable

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Pro Fish Free Fall Windlasses:

                                  This product is junk. I have had to replace this unit 3 times in three years of ownership. Each time the free fall clutch freezes closed. Once that happens the windlass can be used to power the anchor down rather than in free fall mode. Once the free fall clutch freezes closed, you are a few weeks away from having the motor stop working. There is a design issue with this windlass. Water must be entering the motor housing. Purcahse another product.

                                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  1.0

                                  Not reliable

                                  By Wasted my money

                                  from Ocean sailing

                                  About Me Advanced

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Corrodes
                                    • Leaks
                                    • Poor Design
                                    • Unreliable

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Pro Fish Free Fall Windlasses:

                                      The case halves are not gasketed, they are just glued together with gobs of white caulking. Same with the power wires where they enter the bottom of the case. Just gobs of caulking inside the case to seal the holes that the power wires pass through.

                                      This is not a design that can withstand the elements in my opinion. Mine has failed numerous times within the warranty period due to case leaks and gear failures. Even though I have been very gentle with it, it continues to disappoint.

                                      I am now replacing it even though it is stll under warranty.

                                      I can't trust it and to me that's a safety issue.

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