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Maxwell RC Series RC12-12 Vertical Windlass With Capstan

Maxwell RC Series RC12-12 Vertical Windlass With Capstan

  • Gypsy / Drum, Select Voltage
  • Chain Size: 1/2" HT Short Link, Line Size: 3/4" 3-Strand or 8-Plait
  • Finish Stainless Steel, Maximum Pull: 3500 lbs
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    Multiple Models Available
    Shipping Weight: 
    90.00 Lbs.
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    Model #
    12 VDC
    MAP Price: $3,858.00
    24 VDC
    MAP Price: $3,858.00
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    Windlass Selection Guide

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    Package Includes:

    • Maxwell's RC12-12 Windlass with Capstan
    • Dual direction solenoid pack
    • Circuit breaker / isolator panel
    • Up/down remote control panel
    • Emergency crank / clutch release handle


    • The Maxwell's RC12-12 Windlass with Capstan is a fully automatic rope/chain anchor winches
    • The RC12 Series incorporates Maxwell's latest stylish innovation in automatic rope/chain technology
    • Retaining the classic open design styling more appropriate on larger boats, the RC12 Series represents the next generation of rope/chain windlass evolution in every respect
    • Maxwell's latest Wave Design™ chainwheel is a patented rope/chain wheel that incorporates two unique design concepts that greatly improve the handling and control of the rope/chain spliced rode
      • The outer ribs of the chainwheel are angled slightly forward ensuring that the rope and the chain are smoothly guided in the wheel during anchor retrieval
    • The RC12 fully automatic windlass series is designed to effortlessly retrieve and deploy 10mm (3/8") short link chain and 16mm (5/8") to 20mm (3/4") three strand or 8-Plait rope (RC12-10) and 12mm/13mm (1/2") short link chain and 20mm (3/4") three strand or 8-Plait rope (RC12-12)
    • With a maximum pull of 1590 kg (3500 lb), and an anchor retrieval rate of 15m/min (50ft/min), the RC12-12 is one of the fastest and gruntiest windlasses in its class
    • A sleek, Low Profile version and a fluted stainless steel capstan drum version, are available
    • The all new RC12 is packed with patented innovative features combined with Maxwell's traditionally classic aesthetics, but reflecting the modern form follows function of the highly successful RC6, RC8 and RC10 series windlasses
    • The elegantly designed deckplate and chainpipe cover are manufactured in polished marine-grade 316 stainless steel, as are the heavy duty pressure arm, stripper, chainwheel and fluted capstan drum
    • The huge, through deck hawse pipe throat ensures easy entry of the rope/chain rode into and out of the anchor locker
    • Double cone-type brake/clutch mechanism permits Free Fall anchoring. Cone clutches, unlike dog clutches, provide smooth progressive engagement, ensuring safe and precise operator control
    • The RC12 features Maxwell's revolutionary and patented Wave Design chainwheel. Refer to RC6 page for more information about this innovative feature
    • Emergency manual retrieval is made simple and easy with Maxwell's unique Active Latch Ratchet System operation that prevents backwind of the windlass during manual hauling of the anchor
    • The Maxwell-designed, all new and innovative black, hard anodized gearbox provides numerous advantages:
      • Fast and easy windlass installation
      • More corrosion resistant
      • Easy to maintain and service
      • Takes up less room in the anchor locker
      • 75:1 Ratio (RC12-10) or 100:1 Ratio (RC12-12), single stage design with less moving parts, for smoother and quieter operation
      • Allows for multi-positioning of the gearbox/motor
    • Every Maxwell automatic rope/chain windlass comes complete with all the necessary components for fully automatic dual direction control in a competitively priced package

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


    Static Hold 4840 lbs (220 kg)
    Maximum Pull 3500 lbs (1590 kg)
    * All Acceptable Chain Types 1/2" HT/BBB or 12mm/13mm Short Link Marine Chain**
    Rope Size (3 strand or 8 plait) 3/4"
    Chain Speed (NWL*) 50 ft/min (15m/min)
    Rope Speed (NWL*)</ 43 ft/min (13m/min)
    Power Supply 12 or 24 Volts DC
    Motor Power 1200 Watts
    Net Weight - DC Low Profile Version 71 lbs (32 kg)
    *NWL: Normal Working Load

    **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

    WARNING: This product MAY expose you to chemicals, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects and/or other reproductive harm. For more information go to


    Documentation available at the following links:

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    Item #: 001150
  • Chain Size: 1/2", Sold Per Foot
  • Working Load Limit: 9,200 lbs.
  • Has the Highest Strength to Weight Ratio
    Model #:
    Acco G-4 Hi-Test Galvanized Chain - Bulk
    Item #: 001158
  • Chain Size: 1/2", 100' Half Drum
  • Working Load Limit: 9,200 lbs.
  • Has the Highest Strength to Weight Ratio
    Model #:
    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
    Model #:
    Maxwell AA710 Wireless Handheld Remote Windlass Controller & Rode Counter
    Item #: 001781
  • Includes Handheld Remote Control, Base Station, Sensor and Magnet
  • Power Supply (Remote): 2 x AA 1.5 Volt DC, (Base Station): 12 / 24 Volt DC
  • Provides Full Remote Windlass Control and Rope / Chain or All-Chain Counting
    Model #:
    Samson Pro-Set 3-Strand Nylon Line
    Item #: 002124
  • Line Diameter: 3/4", Color: White with Red and Green ID
  • Average Tensile Strength: 13,500 lbs, Sold by the Foot
  • Superior Wet Abrasion Resistance for a Long, Dependable Service Life
    Model #:
    Maxwell AA150 Rode Counter
    Item #: 012224
  • Includes Console Unit, Sensor and Magnet
  • Power Supply: 12 / 24 Volt DC, Current Consumption: 30 mA
  • Monitors All-Chain or Rope / Chain Anchor Rode Length from Helm
    Model #:

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