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POWERWINCH Free-Fall Windlasses

Designed to automatically drop ground tackle up to six times faster than comparable power-down models, these helm-operated, free-fall windlasses give you remote operation with simple switch activation, eliminating the need to go forward during anchoring. Drive shafts, rope and chain guide systems, and fasteners are stainless steel. Housings are corrosion-resistant marinegrade aluminum with triple-finish nylon coating. Rubberized deck gasket protects your deck. All models handle both rope and chain, with high-test chain and medium-lay nylon rope, such as New England Ropes Premium Three Strand Line required.

  • Style: Horizontal
  • Rode Type: Rope/chain
  • Dimensions: 6-5/16"H x 7"W x 10-9/16"L
  • Case Material: Nylon-coated aluminum
  • Capstan/Gypsy Material: Stainless steel
  • Warranty: Two years on Free-Fall 31; three years on Free-Fall 36/41/46
Customer Reviews
Product Models
Description WM Model # MFG Part # Availability Price Quantity  
Free-Fall Windlass #36, for boats up to 36', 1/2" Line, 1/4" High-Test Chain, 775lb. Max Load, 8-12A Draw, 80'/min Speed Up, 250'/min Speed Down 105051 P77736
Delivery within 2 - 3 weeks.

$619.99

Free-Fall Windlass #41, for boats up to 41', 5/8" Line, 5/16" High-Test Chain, 875lb. Max Load, 10-14A Draw, 75'/min Speed Up, 300'/min Speed Down 251301 P77741
Delivery within 2 - 3 weeks.

$699.99

Free-Fall Windlass #46, for boats up to 46', 5/8" Line, 5/16" High-Test Chain, 1100lb. Max Load, 14-18A Draw, 70'/min Speed Up, 350'/min Speed Down 251319 P77746
Delivery within 2 - 3 weeks.

$799.99

Product Description

Designed to automatically drop ground tackle up to six times faster than comparable power-down models, these helm-operated, free-fall windlasses give you remote operation with simple switch activation, eliminating the need to go forward during anchoring. Drive shafts, rope and chain guide systems, and fasteners are stainless steel. Housings are corrosion-resistant marinegrade aluminum with triple-finish nylon coating. Rubberized deck gasket protects your deck. All models handle both rope and chain, with high-test chain and medium-lay nylon rope, such as New England Ropes Premium Three Strand Line required.

  • Style: Horizontal
  • Rode Type: Rope/chain
  • Dimensions: 6-5/16"H x 7"W x 10-9/16"L
  • Case Material: Nylon-coated aluminum
  • Capstan/Gypsy Material: Stainless steel
  • Warranty: Two years on Free-Fall 31; three years on Free-Fall 36/41/46

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PowerwinchFree-Fall Windlasses
 
2.1

(based on 9 reviews)

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    (3)

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    (4)

22%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Holds boat securely (3)

Cons

  • Unreliable (5)

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1.0

un reliabel

By Gus

from Long Beach CA.

About Me Advanced

Pros

    Cons

    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Free-Fall Windlasses:

      Unreliable shapely built no pulling power

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Never again

      By SandB

      from Sacramento CA

      About Me Advanced

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use
      • Holds Boat Securely

      Cons

      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

        Comments about Free-Fall Windlasses:

        This thing has never worked as it should.. it would constantly jam the rope and chain that was recommended by the manufacture. The only real way to get this to work was to have someone holding the end of the rope and pulling it up as the winch was turning.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        It works great

        By Ed

        from New port richey, fl

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Large Boats

        Comments about Powerwinch Free-Fall Windlasses:

        I too had problems with the line twisting even using a swivel. I went back to West Marine and had them call Power wench. They told me exactly what type of half-inch line to use that will not twist. I took their recommendation and it has been working perfectly for three years I have not experienced any problems.

         
        1.0

        Poor qualaty, i would not buy this.

        By Cody

        from New York

        About Me Advanced

        Pros

        • Easy To Install

        Cons

        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

        • Small Boats

        Comments about Powerwinch Free-Fall Windlasses:

        Don't waste your money.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Worked great for 1 year

        By Woods

        from Sebastian fl

        About Me Advanced

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

        • Small Boats

        Comments about Powerwinch Free-Fall Windlasses:

        It was easy to install. Worked great for one year then started working intermittently.
        The unit is getting full power positive and negative but will not operate.
        Please read more reviews befor you buy this unit.

         
        2.0

        Jammed quite often

        By MRP

        from Middle Chesapeake Bay

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Design

          Best Uses

            Comments about Free-Fall Windlasses:

            Had one of these for about 12 years. Unless the rope was hand fed, it always jammed. We went to all chain and that jammed unless we kept the chain fully taut.

            We did like the free-fall feature.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            always needs fixing

            By windjamer

            from Pa.

            About Me Advanced

            Pros

              Cons

              • Poor Design
              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

                Comments about Free-Fall Windlasses:

                Always Jams will not drop anchor circuit breaker
                trips during retrive

                (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Need to know more than the West Marine

                By Lil Swede

                from Ventura, CA

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Pros

                • Looks good

                Cons

                • Jambs easy

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Free-Fall Windlasses:

                  [...]. Got it ,all installed, first time out,rope jambs, get to the chain it jambs too, Not sure what to blame, winch, rope, [...]

                  (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  A real back saver

                  By Marsh Scuba

                  from Poughkeepsie, NY

                  About Me Advanced

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Holds Boat Securely
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Free-Fall Windlasses:

                      I stronly recommend that an anchor rode swivel be used in conjuction with this system to keep the rode from twisting on itself and jamming during deployment.

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