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Winch Selection Guide

How to choose the best anchor winch for your boat

 

The information we have provided on this page should only be relied upon as general advice. When recommending the best winch for your particular boat, you should be aware that our advice would change depending on, but not limited to…

  • Average anchoring depth your boat is operating in and required length and diameter of rope and chain to suit your boat
  • Whether you are using your boat offshore (ocean) or onshore (rivers and lakes)
  • Total length of your boat
  • The size of the mounting area
  • Total operating boat weight (including passengers and fish/gear weight)

Size Matters

In some situations a very large boat may only require a small winch or a smaller boat may require a larger winch. For example, a pontoon boat travelling in shallow river systems might not need a large winch. If you are unsure please feel free to contact our staff for advice.

Windlass Lone Star Marine

Windlass vs Drum

Windlass style winches have been the mainstay of the winch market for years. This doesn’t necessarily mean they are the best. Windlass winches are known for their unreliability, jam prone operation and short life cycle.

Drum winches on the other hand can be installed anywhere on your boat. Because Lone Star Winches are waterproof it doesn’t matter where you put them. They work in tandem with the vertical force of gravity and spool evenly over the drum meaning a enhanced ease of operation. Learn more about the range of Lone Star Marine’s winches we stock via their website

Select the Best Model

The table below is an illustration for fishing average salt water conditions, including wind waves and swell. If boating in shallow water, placid conditions or using a light anchor & rode, smaller winches can be used on much larger boats.

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Specification
GX1
GX2
GX2 HD
GX3
GX4
GX5 Charter King
GX 6 Jumbo
GX1
GX2
GX2 HD Lone Star Marine
GX3 Lone Star Marine
GX4-1
GX5
GX6-1
Boat Size
up to 20ft
up to 25ft
up to 30ft
up to 30ft
up to 40ft
up to 50ft
up to 65ft +
Max Capacity
225ft 1/4 inch D/B rope & 20ft of 1/4 inch S/L chain
300ft 5/16 inch D/B rope & 25ft of 1/4 inch S/L chain
300ft 5/16 inch D/B rope & 25ft of 1/4 inch S/L chain
330ft 3/8 inch D/B rope & 35ft of 5/16 inch S/L chain
425ft 3/8 inch D/B rope & 40ft of 5/16 inch S/L chain
450ft 1/2 inch D/B rope & 35ft of 3/8 inch S/L chain
500ft 7/8 inch D/B rope & 39ft of 1/2 inch S/L chain
Payout Retrieval
139feet/min.
146feet/min.
146feet/min.
148feet/min.
146feet/min.
129feet/min.
170feet/min.
Overall Height
8.3″
10.2″
10.2″
12.2″
14.3″
17″
22.5″
Overall Width
13.4″
15.4″
15.4″
17.1″
19.2″
21.5″
37.75″
Bear Motor Adj.
12 positions
12 positions
12 positions
12 positions
12 positions
12 positions
8 positions
Holding Power
6,160lb
6,160lb
7,700lb
7,700lb
11,440lb
15,000lb
24,200lb
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Watch our video to help determine the right model GX Series winch for your boat. 

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