Windlass - Horizontal or Vertical

Horizontal windlasses are installed on the deck and feature a horizontal rotation in relation to the deck.

They are recommended for chain lockers with a reduced height or volume. The electric motor and the gearbox are protected by a cover and are easily accessible for maintenance.

Horizontal Windlass Diagram

Vertical windlasses feature a vertical rotation in relation to the deck which allows a reduced volume above deck as the electric motor and the gear box are sitting in the chain locker.

In both cases, the height between the top of the stacked chain and the underdeck must be a minimum of 300mm in order to ensure the chain drops into the locker quickly and the the windlass therefore performs optimally.

Vertical Windlass diagram