If your in fresh water and you want to EASILY modify a Harbor Freight 2500lb $79 winch into a portable anchor lifter then I know for a fact it will handle a 100lbs of anchors (25lb naval anchor and a Heineken mini keg filled with concrete and rubber coated/sealed) on 125' of anchor line rope
I have 3 of these anchor setups on my 34' Pontoon boat, and my homemade modified portable anchor winch has NOT let me down in 2 years.
AND I use my boat a minimum of 2-4 days a week in summer and 1-3 days a week in winter.
RAIN or SHINE, HOT or SNOWING!
If its slightly windy out or nasty I zip down and button my canvas
sides on my "Cabin". But then the canvas
turns into 14' X 8' canvas "sails" that spin me, moves me, and will drag 3 20lb river anchor lines all over the bottom. Generally screwing with me trying to catch the nice 20-50lb catfish im so found of.
When I built my super anchors I found out they were AWESOME for keeping me glued to the bottom and facing down river,,
But try to lift
3 of them @ 100lbs each from 60-75 deep, BACK TO BACK in a HURRY because there is a HUGE COMMERCIAL
BARGE flying around the river bend RIGHT AT WHERE YOUR FISHING
,, DEAD CENTER of the Main River Channel!!!
I almost didnt have the energy to HAVE A HEART ATTACK or walk 15 feet sit at my helm
and turn the ignition key!
Heres HOW I DID IT..
I made 3 quick dual tube mounts for the boat, a dual stake mount for the winch and wired 3 #6 gauge 12V terminal outlets. 6gauge was kinda overkill but I had it and it was free.
popped the winch apart , threw away the cheap
aircraft cable, got rid of the cover that was over the old cable, TIG welded some "traction nubs" on the winches spool to help grab and guide the rope
proofed the winch a little.
All I do now is drop the winch into any one of the 3 mounts, plug
it in, run the anchor line about 3 wraps around the spool and hit the cable in button.
hold a little light pressure on the free end of the line and feed it into my anchor line storage
compartments as IT LIFTS my heavy anchors all the way up to where all i do is pull the anchors 1 foot onto my deck.
Twist the lock nut on the end slide the anchor rope off, turn around walk 10 foot and do it all again.
Never break a sweat, dont kill my back or hands, and yes it could be a little faster on the gear
ratio, but its ONE HELLOFA lot faster and easier than me lifting them 3 times from 65ft deep.
And I got plenty of time to fire up the Mercury
Tower of Power and scoot to a safe cove untill the BARGE has passed and his wake is no longer a threat.
My winch has gotten rained on a couple times over 2 years due to I FORGOT to stow it in the weatherproof deck box, and its had alot of heavy DEW and fog
All I ever do is hit it with some compressed dry air, dry it with a blowdryer, shoot some BREAKFREE CLP or AEROKROIL
on it, wipe it down and shoot some more compressed dry air on and thru it and its never let me down in 2 yrs.
But I did buy another winch and got to playing around and Home electro NICKLE PLATED IT, and I keep it on the boat as my back up, and I kinda show it off to people.
So for under $150, and if you got a normal ammount of common sense and a little time ,,,, You can do the same if you got 100lb anchors and your usually in deeper water. ITS PORTABLE, Its not out in the way, only see it when you need it.
I see no need to buy the $400 to $800 electric
Unless you just GOT more money
than you got ability to do it yourself.
The word BOAT
does not always have to stand for :