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Maxwell RC Series RC8-6 Vertical Windlass

Maxwell RC Series RC8-6 Vertical Windlass

  • Rope / Chain Gypsy, Power: 12 Volt DC, Watts: 600, Draw: 50 Amps
  • Chain Size: 1/4" HT Short Link, Line Size: 1/2" 3-Strand or 8-Plait
  • Finish: Stainless Steel, Maximum Pull: 770 lbs
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    Windlass Selection Guide

    Click Here for an Owner's Manual for this Product

    Package Includes:

    • Maxwell RC8-6 Series Windlass
    • Dual direction solenoid pack
    • Circuit breaker / isolator panel
    • Up/down remote control panel
    • Emergency crank / clutch release handle


    • Maxwell RC8-6 Series Windlasses are fully automatic rope/chain anchor winches
    • The RC8-6CAP12V can be used with 1/4" (6 mm) chain spliced to 1/2" (12 mm) three strand or 8-plait rope
    • The revolutionary and patented, Wave Design™ chainwheel is able to accommodate a wide range of chain pitch differences within the specified chain size diameters suitable for use with the RC8 Series
    • Sleek, low profile and MAX-grip™ capstan drum versions are available to suit individual user preference
    • Simple two piece installation saves time and money and allows easy retrofitting without disassembly of the windlass
    • Unique spacer tube design allows installation through virtually any deck thickness and the multiple mounting positions and self-aligning gearbox ensure optimal location of gearbox and motor in virtually all installation situations
    • Full disassembly capability of top works utilizing handle provided, a screw driver and an Allen key
    • The RC8 Series is manufactured from marine grade 316 stainless steel for long term durability
    • The heavy duty stainless steel pressure arm is designed to effectively help grasp the rope/chain splice, giving the RC8 an unparalleled level of performance
    • In combination with a heavy duty, large wire diameter, stainless steel pre-loaded spring, the pressure arm always exerts maximum control pressure
    • The RC8 works just as effectively with all-chain rodes for those who desire a low profile, elegantly styled windlass on their foredeck
    • Huge through deck hawse pipe throat ensures easy entry of the rope/chain rode into and out of the anchor locker
    • Cone type clutch/brake mechanism permits manual, free fall anchoring
    • Sealed oil bath and marine grade hard anodized, alloy gearbox provides high efficiency output drive via precision worm and worm wheel

    Important: Maxwell windlasses must be used in conjunction with a chain stopper or snubbing device to take the load off the windlass while lying at anchor. The chainstopper and alternative snubbing system should also be used to secure the anchor in the fully raised position while under way.


    Maximum Pull 770 lbs (350 kg)
    * All Acceptable Chain Types: 1/4" HT/BBB or 6 mm / 7 mm Short Link Marine Chain **
    Line Size 1/2" (6 mm) 3-Strand or 8-Plait
    Power Supply 12 VDC
    Motor 600 W
    Chain Speed (Normal Working) 92 ft/min (29 m/min)
    Line Speed (Normal Working) 79 ft/min (24 m/min)
    Net Weight (Electric) 27 lbs (12.5 kg)

    **The Maxwell Wave Design Chain Wheels used across the RC Series meet DIN 766, EN818, ISO4565, Grade L (AUS), ISO (G30 G43) and limited NACM standards


    Model RC8-6
    A 8-5/16" (210 mm)
    B1 3-5/16" (83 mm)
    B2 (with Capstan) 5-3/4" (146 mm)
    C 6-3/16" (156 mm)
    D 7-7/8" (200 mm)
    E 9-1/2" (240 mm)
    F 15" (378 mm)
    G (Std. deck clearance) 2-1/2"
    H 1-5/8" (40 mm)
    I 2-5/8" (66 mm)
    J 1-3/4" (44 mm)

    Documentation available at the following links:

    Windline AT-3 Anchor Tensioner
    Item #: 000972
  • Dimensions: 4-1/2" L x 2" W x 1-1/2" H
  • Function: Holds Anchors up to 90 lbs Securely
  • Includes Safety Quick Release
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    ACCO Grade 43 (G4) Domestic High Test ISO Chain
    Item #: 001142
  • Chain Size: 1/4", Working Load Limit: 2,600 lbs, Sold by: Foot
  • Material: Carbon Steel, Finish: Hot Dip Galvanized
  • Application: Anchor / Windlass Chain with Short Link, High Tensile Strength
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    Maxwell RC Series RC8-8 Vertical Windlass
    Item #: 001492
  • Rope / Chain Gypsy, Power: 12 Volt DC, Watts: 1000, Draw: 85 Amps
  • Chain Size: 5/16" HT Short Link, Line Size: 5/8" 3-Strand or 8-Plait
  • Finish: Stainless Steel, Maximum Pull: 1320 lbs
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    Model #:
    RC8-8 12V
    Chicago Hardware Eye To Eye Swivel
    Item #: 002933EY1014
  • Size: 1/4", Working Load: 860 Lb
  • Type: Forged Eye To Eye
  • Material: Galvanized Steel
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    Chicago Hardware Jaw To Eye Swivel
    Item #: 002934JWE014
  • Size: 1/4", Working Load: 860 Lb
  • Type: Forged Jaw To Eye
  • Material: Galvanized Steel
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    Maxwell Stainless Steel Anchor Swivel
    Item #: 002936ASW6-8
  • Applications: 1/4" to 5/16" Chain, Anchor Shank Up to 5/16"
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Working Load is 750 kg or 1,650 lbs
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    Maxwell Compact Wireless Remote Windlass Controller
    Item #: 001747
  • Radio Controller Supplied with Receiver, Wiring and Multi-Plugs
  • Suitable for Direct Connection to All Windlasses
  • Waterproof Rating: IP67
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    Model #:
    Maxwell MaxSet Galvanized Plow Anchor
    Item #: 002989MAX013
  • Approximate Boat Length: 15 to 18 Feet
  • Weight: 13 Lbs
  • Material: Galvanized Steel
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    Defender Splicing Service - Chain Rode Splice - 8 Plait
    Item #: 850146
  • Line Diameters: 1/2" to 3/4"
  • Note: Add 12" to Line Length for Splice (Back Splice)
  • Line Type: 8 Plait, Chain Type: BBB or G4 High Test - Windlass Compatible
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    Maxwell Replacement Windlass Motor
    Item #: 00270360012V
  • Power: 12 Volt DC, Watts: 600
  • Applications: 500 Series Freedom, VC, VW, VWC Windlasses
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    Defender Pre-Made Anchor Rode - 8 Plait Rope Spliced to High Test Chain
    Item #: 001450
  • Line Diameter: 1/2", Line Length: 230'
  • Chain Diameter: 1/4", Chain Length: 20'
  • Line Type: 8 Plait Line, Chain Type: G4 High Test, Total Rode Length: 250 Feet
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