Maxwell VWC 1500 Vertical Capstan Windlass with Chain Pipe

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The Maxwell VWC 1500 Vertical Capstan Windlass with Chain Pipe is for boats 30-53ft in length. This fully automatic windlass offers single or dual direction chainwheel operation. The above deck components are manufactured from marine grade 316 stainless steel and chromed bronze, for long term durability. The integrated chain pipe and stripper are aligned for virtually jam-free operation providing an automatic feed of the chain in and out of the anchor locker.

The cone-type brake/clutch mechanism permits manual free fall anchoring. Cone clutches, unlike dog clutches, provide smooth engagement ensuring safe and precise operator control. Clutch disengagement of the chainwheel enables independent rope hauling from any direction, using the Max-grip snag-free warping drum for control of all ropes. Through deck installation is simple 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:

  • Manual transfer of the rode from the rope drum to the chain wheel is required
  • Heavy duty, dual direction motor, designed for marine winches.
  • Chainwheel locking pawl.
  • Anodized aluminium gearbox and spacer tube on all models.
  • Low Profile configurations (no warping drum) are available.

Standard Equipment Included:

  • Dual direction solenoid
  • Emergency crank handle/clutch control lever
  • Chainwheel to suit specified chain size

Equipment needed for operation (must purchase separately):

  • Up/Down remote control panel
  • Circuit breaker/isolator panel

Model Specifications
Model VWC1500
Maximum Pull 850kg
Static Hold 1500 kg
3300 lbs
Chain Size
(Short link)
1/4" - 3/8"
Line Speed
(Normal working)
Power Supply (DC) 12 or 24v
Motor Power 1200W
Net Weight (Electric) 24kg
Hydraulic Pressure 138bar
Hydraulic Flow 20 l/min
5.3 USgal/min
Net Weight (Hydraulic) 17kg

Model Dimensions
Model VWC1500
A 80mm
3 1/8"
B 195mm
7 11/16"
B1 (Low profile) 98mm
3 7/8"
C 56mm
2 7/32"
D 252mm
9 5/16"
E 272mm
10 23/32"
F 224mm
8 27/32"
G (Std deck clearance) 100mm
G1 (Extra deck clearance) 150mm
H(Working height of drum for rope warping) 44mm
1 3/4"
I 165mm
6 1/2"

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