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The Maxwell Marine StoryAs a company trusted for delivering on the promise of Anchoring Excellence,For over four decades the name Maxwell has been synonymous withMaxwell Marine continues to supply a growing product range.the highest standards of excellence in marine engineering. By providingMaxwell Marine is represented by a strong international distribution network,superior anchoring solutions for pleasure boats, superyachts anda proven track record and a portfolio of products that are at home on manycommercial vessels, Maxwell has earned a global reputation for qualityof the world’s finest and most admired boats. The quality of Maxwell Marinewithout compromise. A reputation built upon ongoing research andproducts and their performance as a company is assured by its certificationdevelopment, innovation in design and a commitment to style that isunder the stringent requirements of ISO9001 and CE. In addition to theirunparalleled in the industry.head office in Auckland, New Zealand, Maxwell Marine has a separateMaxwell has become an industry leader by analysing the needs of boats andboat owners around the world and producing equipment that consistentlyexceeds customer expectation.sales and distribution office in Maryland, USA which services North andSouth America. All of Australia is covered from Brisbane, Queensland;while distributors and customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africaare serviced from Schiedam in Holland. An extensive global dealer andservice network supports these main centres.AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND HOME OF MAXWELL MARINEContentsWindlass Selection Guide and Chart2Maxwell Product Innovation4An Introduction to Maxwell’s Products5RC6 Series6RC8 Series8RC10 Series10RC12 Series12AnchorMax and VC Series14VW Series16VWC Series18NEW - HRC6 and HRC8 Series20HRC10 Series22HWC Series24Accessories - Controllers and Counters26Accessories - Control gear28Accessories - Bow Rollers and Chain Stoppers30Accessories - Anchors, Rope and Chain34Electrical Accessories34Anchoring Tips, Installation and Maintenance,3 Year Warranty, Website and Glossary35Maxwell Superyacht36When it comes to securing your investment, selecting the right anchorwinch for your vessel is one of the most important decisions you willmake. A windlass too small for the job will not only result in frustrationwhen the going gets tough but could ultimately compromise vesseland crew safety. Choosing the right anchor winch is crucial for peace ofmind and trouble free boating. Refer to following 2 pages for Maxwell’seasy to follow chart and guide to windlass and capstan selection.Courtesy of Orams Marine ServicesMaxwell Marine has enjoyed a period of expansion and broadened horizons.

WINDLASS AND CAPSTAN SELECTION CHARTdisplacement and/or high windage will require larger windlasses. All systems assumeWHICH WINCH?This chart serves as a basic guide to assist in selecting theappropriate anchor winch system for your boat.the use of a chain stopper, chain snubber or mooring cleat to remove the loadThere are a number of important criteria to be considered in selecting the correct anchorwhen setting or breaking the anchor loose. The maximum pulling capacity of thewinch . These include the vessel size, displacement, windage, anchor size and rodewindlass should not be less than three times the total weight of the ground tackle.selection. Practicalities such as locker space and depth of fall for the rode also play a partPlease note: Size, displacement and type of vessel, as well as anchoring conditions,Should you require any assistance or information, please do not hesitate to contactin deciding which windlass is ideal for you.must be taken into consideration when selecting an anchor winch. Vessels of heavyMaxwell Marine or any one of our distributors or service centres world-wide.Maxwell Marine’s range of windlasses and capstans is extensive, with models to suit boats up to(Italicised items - refer to glossary, inside back cover.)100 metres (over 300 feet). This section aims to simplify the selection process by taking you stepwinchchAin SizeSeries, Type & SizebOAT lengThUse of short link chain is essential6/7mm1/4”8mm 10/11mm 13mm5/16”3/8”1/2”MeTreS 4.5feeT 156.1207.6259.23010.73512.24013.74515.35016.855by step through all the criteria that needs to be considered when choosing a windlass or capstan.18.560206521.57022.875What size windlass OR CAPSTAN for my boat?Consider the overall length and displacement (either light or heavy) of your boat and use thelighTheAvychart on the opposite page to identify the most suitable windlass or capstan for your vessel.RC8-6lighTheAvyvertical OR Horizontal configuration?Automatic Rope & Chain RC8-8V onlylighTheAvyAutomatic RC6Rope & Chain V onlyV onlyV onlyAutomatic Rope & Chain RC10-10V onlyV onlyRC12-12V onlyAutomatic Rope & Chain HRC-8H onlyAutomatic Rope & Chain RC10-10ainChC&peV - Vertical ConfigurationH - Horizontal ConfigurationRoainhwOnlyVw ChainCChpRope&VweAllRoVCH onlyV only10001500V and H22002500V onlyV and HHow much space do I need in my chain locker?Deck thickness and locker space play an important role in deciding whether to install a verticalor horizontal windlass. Estimating or measuring the depth of fall of the rode into the anchorlocker may dictate which type of windlass is most suitable for your vessel. Calculating the depthLIGHT DISPLACEMENT - Refers to a vessel which is relatively light in weight compared to its overall lengthof fall differs for horizontal chain only windlasses and for vertical chain or rope/chain windlassesheAvy diSPlAceMenT - Refers to a vessel which is relatively heavy in weight compared to its overall length(see diagram below).the gypsy or the chain jamming as it will not feed smoothly through the chain pipe.As chain to chainwheel compatibility is so important, Maxwell Marine supplies chainwheels tofit just about every known chain available on today’s international market.DC, AC or Hydraulic?The wattage of a DC electric motor is not the important factor. Rather it is the efficiency of thewhole winch, including the gearbox and motor, which counts. With the increasing popularity ofpowerful and compact on-board generators, AC powered winches are becoming a practicalconsideration for bigger boats. Hydraulic systems provide another power source well worthWhat PULL CAPABILITY will I need?The only meaningful way to rate anchor winch performance is by looking at what it will lift and atwhat speed. The two things to consider are (a) the maximum pull capability and (b) the workingload of the winch. Maximum pull (sometimes referred to as stall load) is the maximum shortterm or instantaneous pull of the winch. Working load is generally rated at about one third of themaximum pull and is usually considered to be the load that the winch is pulling once the anchor isoff the bottom. To determine your required maximum pull capability, complete the calculation below.1. Calculate ground tackle weight (anchor chain rope ground tackle)eg:Anchor30kg/66lbs 18m/60ft Chain45kg/100lbs 61m/200ft rope12kg/26lbs Ground tackle87kg/192lbs2. Calculate the maximum pull (total ground tackle x 3 Maximum pull)Safety guidelines suggest that the pulling capacity of the windlass should not be lessthan 3 times the total weight of the ground tackle.eg:GROUND TACKLEx3 maximum pull87kg/192lbs 261kg/576lbs In this instance an HRC8, HRC10, RC8, RC10, or VW1000 would be suitable, providingthe chain and rope size is applicable to the windlass being considered. The maximum pullAll Maxwell windlasses are RODE counter ready with sensor hole drilled and magnet fittedof 261kg/576lbs is well within the capability of all these anchor winches.Safety and security tipsRODE SELECTIONRope and, particularly chain, selection is extremely important. Deciding on the right anchorwinch for your boat depends on the size, not only of the boat, but also the ground tackle.Maxwell anchor winches and capstans are designed to take chain only, rope only or acombination of both. Automatic rope/chain systems are now commonly used on boats upto 20 metres (65 feet). Consequently, Maxwell’s HRC6, HRC8, HRC10, RC6, RC8, RC10 andHRC10Vertical Windlass & Chainpipechain is not matched to the chainwheel problems may occur, such as the chain jumping offRecommended minimum fall distances are measured from the top of rode pile (chain or rope/chain) after complete retrieval of the anchor.Vertical Windlasssize and right grade of chain is used to ensure a correct fit of the links to the gypsy. If thesystems offer an integrated, low maintenance and efficient, centrally managed, power pack.This chart refers to anchor windlass selection only. When selecting a stern capstan for the same boat, Maxwell uses one size smaller drive, or down to aminimum of 50% of the pull rating of the windlass (unless specified otherwise).Vertical Capstanand these will have bearing on your final windlass decision. It is important that the rightalmost constantly while coupled with safe guards such as pressure relief valves. Modern hydrauliclighTheAvy3500There are a wide variety of both metric (mm) and imperial (inches) chain sizes availablegearbox below. Vertical windlasses provide a 1800 wrap of the anchor rode around Avy500always be used. Long or regular link chain should not be used with anchor windlasses.considering as they have the advantage of constant speed under all load conditions and can be runto either side. They provide a 900 wrap of the anchor rode around the chainwheel.lighTheAvylighTheAvyRC10-8preventing them from deforming when overloaded. High test or calibrated short link chain shouldby situating the capstan and/or gypsy (topworks) above the deck and the motor andHorizontal windlasses are mounted completely above deck with gypsy and capstan locatedlighTheAvylighTheAvyas Superyachts. The latter is characterised by a stud (bar) joining the two sides of the linkVertical windlasses make up the majority of anchor winch sales. They are characterisedchainwheel giving optimal chain control, minimising slippage and jumping.lighTheAvyV onlyHRC-6HRC10the two types to fit.lighTheAvylighTheAvyRC12-10TMthickness and underdeck space are the two main considerations when deciding which oflighTheAvylighTheAvyRC10-8Automatic Rope & ChainThe two basic types of windlasses are differentiated by the drive shaft orientation. Deckand medium sized boats while stud link chain is generally used on much larger vessels suchHorizontal Windlass & CapstanCircuit breaker/isolators are used in the installation of any DC electric windlass to provide protectionto motor and cables should the windlass be overloaded. Accessories such as chain stoppers orchain snubbers must be used for safe anchoring, the avoidance of unintentional self-launchingof the anchor and for the prevention of damage to your anchor winch.You should never anchor off your winch or use your winch to pull your boat to the anchorspot. The anchor winch is designed to lift a dead weight and should not be subjected tothe strain of your boat riding at anchor.the NEW RC12 automatic rope/chain systems have become increasingly popular, as theyIf you think the winch you are considering may be too small, then go to the next size up.offer the added benefit of less weight in the bow with the ability to carry an increased amountBetter to have excess lifting capacity than not enough!of rode. Chain only systems remain popular on heavier displacement sail and motor yachts.Maxwell Marine and their agents or distributors offer free and helpful advice should you haveThere are two main types of anchor chain. Short link chain is most commonly used on smallany questions. Alternatively, check out Maxwell’s website: www.maxwellmarine.com

Maxwell Product InnovationAn Introduction to Maxwell’s ProductsMaxwell equipment is born of innovation and backed by years of experience in the manufacture ofTo make the proper selection in anchor-handling equipment it is important to give carefulthe world’s highest quality anchor windlasses, ancillary deck gear and stern handling products.The all new compact HRC6 and HRC8 are Maxwell’s horizontalconsideration to the style and size of boat, the anticipated anchoring conditions, and theversions of their latest innovative vertical RC6 and RC8weight and type of ground tackle. (Refer to 'Which Winch' article on page 3)Maxwell’s innovative approach to design resulted in the introduction of automatic rope/chainautomatic rope/chain windlasses. Packed with original andwindlasses to the global marine market during the mid 1990’s. These were a radical departureproven features, such as automatic ‘Free Fall’ and includingfrom all other windlasses, revolutionary in design and technical features. Building on thethe patented rode management technology developed byMaxwell, the new HRC6 and HRC8 are destined to becomesuccess of these products, Maxwell has recently designed and developed an exciting new RCindustry icons.range of automatic rope/chain windlasses. But it doesn’t stop there! In the early part of 2012,configurations, locker spaces and power requirements including: The vertical stainless steel RC Series and the horizontal HRC Series automaticallyhandle rope/chain combination rodes and are suitable for boats from 4.5 metres(15 feet) up to about 20 metres (65 feet).Maxwell will be releasing their totally new RC12-10 and RC12-12 Vertical Series of rope/chainwindlasses, complementing the existing, highly acclaimed RC Series windlasses introduced in 2010.Maxwell has an extensive range of windlasses for all types of ground tackle, bowNew MaxwellCompact Foot Switches The NEW RC12 Series automatically handles rope/chain combination rodes and is suitablefor lighter displacement vessels up to about 20 metres (65 feet).Maxwell has broken the design barriers yet again with the development of a vertical and The multipurpose VC (Vertical Capstan) Series, which can be used for all types of line handling.horizontal rope/chain windlass range incorporating two unique and internationally patented The traditional rope and chain VW (Vertical Windlass) Series, designed for manuallyfeatures. The new RC and HRC Series attest to Maxwell’s ongoing commitment to innovativehandling a rope and chain combination anchor rode.design and development. The VWC (Vertical Windlass/Capstan) and HWC (Horizontal Windlass/Capstan) Series,which handle chain only rodes automatically.Vertical or Horizontal - Maxwell offers bothVertical systems have several advantages: They take up less space on deck and are easier tomaintain. They are less expensive than equivalent horizontal models. Chain, or rope/chain, alignmentwith the bow roller, while not as critical as horizontal windlass alignment, should be within atolerance of about /- 2% for smooth retrieval of chain or rope/chain. Rode (rope/chain) alignmentRC10Capstan Versionwith RC Series winches is more critical (consult Owner’s Manual). With vertical systems more chainis in contact with the chainwheel thus minimising the possibility of chain jump. Line-pull on theMaxwell has continued to evolve its existing range of proven windlasses and capstans.warping drum can be in any direction, as opposed to fore and aft only on horizontal models.The new RC12 is the culmination of Maxwell’s evolution of a full range of automatic rope/chainwindlasses suitable for use on vessels from 4.5metres (15 feet) to over 20 metres (65 feet).Horizontal models have the advantage of being better suited to applications where there isextreme deck thickness (over 200mm - 8”), limited below deck accessibility or when twoMaxwell’s ongoing committment to product development can also be seen in theanchors must be handled from one winch.upgrading of their ‘traditional’ and continually popular vertical VWC Series. StalwartsThe all new RC12 Series incorporates Maxwell’s latest stylishsince the early nineties, the VWC windlasses were always great performers and now,innovation in automatic rope/chain technology. Retaining the classicMaxwell rates its anchor winches at the stall load. The loadswith advanced engineering features incorporated into their improved designs,open design styling more appropriate on larger boats, the RC12that the winch will normally be subjected to are substantiallythey work even better.Series represents the next generation of rope/chain windlessless. Each winch is available with a circuit breaker/isolator ofevolution in every respect.appropriate size to provide electrical protection during normalMaxwell recognises that boat owners not only want equipment that worksoperation of the winch.flawlessly, they want products that look good as well. To thisend, Maxwell designers spend countless hours improvingMaxwell capstan winches and anchor windlasses, fitted with chromedthe look, functionality and robustness of all MaxwellMaxwell’s all new HRC10 Horizontal Series represents yet anotherbronze capstan drums are manfactured with Maxwell’s unique andproducts, as well as introducing new and highly innovativebreakthrough in performance and anchor handling excellence. Theseregistered MAX-grip finish. Units fitted with fluted stainless steelproducts such as the popular HRC6, HRC8, HRC10, RC6,horizontal, fully automatic rope/chain windlasses have been designedRC8, RC10 and NEW RC12 Series.to meet the demands for use on larger vessels up to 16 metres(52 feet), which require a completely above deck installation system.and control of rope lines or rodes.With an ongoing commitment to excellence, product innovation,The HRC10’s flawlessly handle rope up to 16mm (5/8”) and chainDistributed and supportedresearch and development, you can count on Maxwell toup to 10mm (3/8”) in size, including the thick rope to chainworldwide by an extensivesecure your investment!splice. The modern appearance of the HRC10 Series retains theservice network.classic good looks of previous Maxwell horizontal windlasses, while4capstan drums equally ensure the best possible gripincorporating design features years ahead of its competitors.

www.maxwellmarine.comVertical Rope/Chain Series RC6The combined stainless steel and chromed bronze RC6 automaticrope/chain anchor winch is Maxwell’s smallest version of thehighly successful vertical RC Series Windlass Range.Features and benefitsSPECIFICATIONS The combined stainless steel and chromed bronze RC6 SeriesModel RC6utilises 6mm/7mm (1/4”) chain spliced to 12mm (1/2”) threestrand or 8-brait (plait) rope. The RC6 features Maxwell’s revolutionary, and patented,new Wave Design chainwheel. Refer below for moreinformation about this innovative feature. Providing most of the features of the larger RC8 (refer pages 8and 9), the RC6 has been designed with the smaller, trailer boatmarket in mind. The in-line, vertical gearbox and motor means quick and easyinstallation by either the boat yard or the DIY aftermarket customer. An inexpensive, high performance and great looking windlass;Maximum Pull/Lift350kg770lbsStatic Hold700kg1540lbsChain Short Link6mm/7mm1/4”Rope Size (Nylon)*12mm1/2”(3 strand or 8 plait recommended)Chain Speed (Anchor Retrieval)24m/min79ft/minRope Speed (Anchor Retrieval)21m/min69ft/minPower Supply (DC)12 or 24VMotor Power500WNet Weight8.5kg18.7lbsthe RC6 is built for durability and years of trouble free use.* refer to owners manual for rope size variations. The RC6 is a Low Profile unit (no optional capstan drum).DIMENSIONSModel RC6RC6Every Maxwell automatic rope/chain windlass is availablewith all the necessary components for fully automatic dualdirection control in a competitively priced package.RC6 showing, ‘fast install’,in-line vertical gearboxand motorStandard equipment REQUIREDFOR DUAL DIRECTION CONTROLOPTIONSCircuit breaker/isolator panelCompact RemoteUp/Down remote control panelFoot SwitchesAutoAnchor EquipmentEmergency ‘free fall’ activation leverChain StopperDual Direction SolenoidChain

Windlass Selection Guide and Chart 2 Maxwell Product Innovation 4 An Introduction to Maxwell’s Products 5 RC6 Series 6 RC8 Series 8 RC10 Series 10 RC12 Series 12 AnchorMax and VC Series 14 VW Series 16 VWC Series 18 NEW - HRC6 and HRC8 Series 20 HRC10 Series 22 HWC Series 24 Accessories - Controllers and Counters 26 Accessories - Control gear 28

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