Maxwell VW 500 Rope/Chain Vertical Capstan Windlass

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The VW 500 Rope/Chain Vertical Capstan Windlass from Maxwell is for boats 22-37ft in length. It provides the versatility of operating two anchors from one winch. It offers functional rope hauling from any direction with an independent MAX-grip snag-free warping drum with clutch disengagement of the chainwheel for positive control of all ropes. High-quality finish on above deck components, manufactured from marine-grade 316 stainless steel and chromed bronze, for long term durability.

The cone type brake/clutch mechanism permits manual free fall anchoring. Cone clutches, unlike dog clutches, provide smooth progressive engagement ensuring safe operator control. Through deck installation is easy thanks to the modular design and precise alignment of the gearbox to the topworks utilizing marine-grade stainless steel bolts.

This Maxwell windlass does not come with switches or a circuit breaker. They are available and need to be ordered separately, the appropriate accessories can be found in the accessories selection guide here: Maxwell Electrical Accessories Guide.

Key Features:

  • Easily disassembled for servicing.
  • Anodized aluminum gearbox spacer
  • Permits use of traditional shackle and thimble rope and chain connection.
  • Heavy duty, dual direction motor, designed for marine winches.
  • Marine grade anodized aluminum gearbox and spacer.
  • Allows alternative mounting horizontally on a fore and aft bulkhead inside chain locker for below deck installation.

Standard Equipment Included:

  • Emergency crank/clutch release handle
  • Chainwheels to suit available chain sizes

Equipment needed for operation (must purchase separately):

  • Circuit breaker isolator panel(not included)
  • Windlass electrical Controls

Model Specifications
Model VW 500
Maximum Pull 227kg
Static Hold 600kg
1320 lbs
Chain Size
(Short link)
Line Speed**
(Normal working)
Power Supply (DC) 12 or 24V
Motor Power 600W
Net Weight (Electric) 10kg

Model Dimensions
Model VW 500
A 65mm
2 9/16"
B 151mm
C 40mm
1 5/8"
D 173mm
6 7/8"
E 244mm
9 5/8"
F 133mm
5 1/4"
G (Std deck clearance)* 57mm
2 1/4"
G (Extra deck clearance) N/A
H (Working height of drum for rope warping) 37.5mm
1 1/2"
I 133mm
5 1/4"

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