Winches, or Wenches aside, I've always liked the Dutton 2-speed model. It has a removable crank handle and you can go between higher and lower gearing to suit your ramp incline and other factors that come into play while launching/loading.I knew SOMEONE would go there!
Sure, I've used a "few" of them over the years... But to be honest, I thought that maybe he was referring to some type of manual windlass or something for fishing... hence the need for clarification. I hate typing a response only to find out later it was a waste of time.The Marlin is a heavy rig and I would certainly opt for the 2-speed model. Dennis, you've used one haven't you? I seem to remember us talking about it a year or two ago.
I usually never tow my boat, stays in the water til Dec, then I pull it and store it on the marina lot. Same price a year, land or water. This year they started charging 700 extra to keep in yard during winter months. The winch on it now is electric, and totally rusted out when I bought the boat with trailer, but I never planned on towing, since I was leaving it at marina. But for 700 bucks, I'll bring it home and store it here. So I just need a reliable winch that will hold boat, that will probably be stored in my driveway, with a slight incline. ThanksWhat type of winch are you referring to (purpose)? "Winch" can mean different things to different people.
Zero chance???Ah, OK - a TRAILER winch. Arguably, the two biggest manufacturer's of winches -- we can forgoe the "trailer" part from here on out... -- are Fulton and Dutton Lainson. Either will work just as well as the other. The general rule of thumb is to get a winch with a rated capacity of approximately 1/3 of the boat's "wet" weight. Once you know that, you can look at features and benefits and see what makes sense for you. A 2-speed winch is pretty much a necessity, though. You'll want to use an HD strap (usually these are yellow and have at least a 4K or 5K lb working load). If you don't already have it, make sure you have a safety chain and proper tie downs for the stern eyes to trailer. Don't worry, equipped like this, there is zero chance of your boat rolling off the trailer.