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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
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

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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

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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

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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
 
2.0

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

20%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

  • Unreliable (5)

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A real back saver

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.

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Never again

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...Read complete review

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.

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1.0

Caveat Emptor

By Jim Arnold

from Cleveland, OH

About Me Advanced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Boats
    • Open Water

    Comments about Free-Fall Windlasses:

    I use this windlass on a 28' boat. Haven't got it to work properly because they haven't sent the right components. Twice.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    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

        (2 of 2 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

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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, [...]

                    (11 of 12 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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