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Electric Anchor Winch Motor Vs. Hydraulic Anchor Winch Motor


Electric Anchor Winch Motor Vs. Hydraulic Anchor Winch Motor

Old 04-14-2016, 05:02 PM
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Post Electric Anchor Winch Motor Vs. Hydraulic Anchor Winch Motor

When it comes to picking an E-Z Anchor Puller for your boat, you have a choice between an electric anchor winch motor and a hydraulic anchor winch motor. Each has advantages, each disadvantages, and both are capable of pulling your anchor weight. The factors that go into your final decision go beyond that simple qualification, however, and your choice will be limited by the type of boat you will use the anchor winch on, how the boat’s systems are set up and how much time and effort you’re willing to put in to have the anchor winch of your dreams.

1. Basic Operations

The electric anchor winch is operated by a 12v or 24v battery on the boat that is connected to an electric motor & solenoids on the anchor winch with heavy gauge marine battery cables and circuit breaker. It’s controlled by an switch at the boat’s helm which is wired to solenoids that control the direction of the motor. To raise or lower an anchor, you push the button, the anchor winch motor turns the spool and raises or lowers the anchor.

A hydraulic anchor winch is operated by a hydraulic pump on the boat and hydraulic gear motor on the anchor winch. The hydraulic fluid flows from the boat’s hydraulic reservoir to the motor through the hoses and controlled by a globe valve located at the helm. To raise or lower an anchor, turn the valve slowly in the desired direction, until the spool turns at the desired speed. To stop the anchor winch, close the valve. The rotation speed of the spool that winds up the rope and chain is controlled by opening or closing the control valve.

2. System Requirements

An electric anchor winch must be permanently tied to the boat’s electrical panel, on a dedicated circuit.

A hydraulic anchor winch requires that the boat have a functional hydraulic system installed.

3. Simplicity of Installation

Installing an electric winch consists of mounting the winch, wiring the winch to the battery and installing the control switch. It should be on a separate circuit in your boat’s electrical panel to avoid “brownouts” in other electrical equipment or lighting.

The hydraulic anchor winch requires the presence of a hydraulic system. If a system is already present on your boat, then installation is as simple as mounting the anchor winch inside a deck dam (a containment area on the deck to contain fuel and oil spills) and adding a globe valve and hoses. If your vessel is not equipped with a hydraulic system, you must install one before using a hydraulic anchor winch.


Whether you have a pleasure or sport fishing guide boat utilizing 12v or 24v electrical system or a commercial fishing boat with hydraulic pot haulers and other hydraulic systems E-Z Anchor Puller Mfg. Co. has an Anchor Winch Motor for You !

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