Based in New Zealand, Maxwell has made some of the best anchoring tools and accessories of the past forty years. They provide a wide range of anchoring solutions for a variety of boats, ranging from power boats and sailboats to superyachts and commercial vessels. At Boating & RV, you’ll find a variety of Maxwell products that can help your boat perform better when anchoring and mooring.
Maxwell is renowned for their anchor winches, which are consistently among the best and most reliable on the market.
The Maxwell Anchormax Capstan Winch is a consistent fan favourite, functioning both as a vertical capstan and a general-purpose winch. This capstan winch is constructed using 316-grade stainless steel, with all moving parts sealed and a permanent magnet motor driving it. It’s designed to be a single direction unit, and it comes with a deck foot switch and fastenings.
But if you’re looking for a vertical winch, then the Maxwell RC Series Vertical Anchor Winch is one of the best in its category. The RC Series features a low profile setting, helping you create a sleeker windlass setup in your foredeck. Each unit in the RC series features a solid 316-grade stainless steel construction, ensuring superior toughness and durability. Its unique two-piece structure also makes installation faster and allows for retrofitting.
For horizontal anchor winches, it’s hard to look past the innovative Maxwell HRC Series Freefalling Horizontal Anchor Winch. This next-generation, compact horizontal winch is based on Maxwell’s RC6 and RC8 line of vertical windlasses, featuring automatic freefall technology and a special pressure arm system to let you transition from rope to chain seamlessly. It’s also encased in a marine-grade alloy case, providing superior protection and durability against the elements.
If you’re using thicker ropes and chains, the Maxwell HRC Series Horizontal Anchor Winch can accommodate short link chains that are 8mm and 10mm thick and lines up to 16mm thick. It features a cone type clutch/brake system (allowing manual free fall) and a functional wrap-around design. It also uses Maxwell’s patented horizontal Wave Design chainwheel, which provides maximum grip and accommodates different pitch differences.
To get a better idea of how much line you’ve deployed, Maxwell also makes chain counters that provide information on the chain or rope you’ve used.
The Maxwell AA150 Chain Counter is one of their most reliable units, providing an accurate count of your line and a compact, unobtrusive design. It features an adjustable LCD and displays large digits on its counter for easy reading. This unit also offers a docking alarm, which alerts you when your anchor is about to dock.
If you’re looking for something multi-functional, then the Maxwell AA560 Chain Counter and Windlass Controller is the unit for you. Not only can it count how much line you’ve used, but it can also deploy or retrieve your line automatically. You can also use this unit for a variety of windlasses, making it a versatile tool on-board. It features a docking alarm, large backlit LCD, preset stopping points for line retrievals, and safety locks to prevent accidental operation of windlasses.