Drum anchor winches - latest opinions??

 Hey all,

just trolling through all the old posts regarding drum anchor winches,

has anything changed in recent years engineering/tech wise??

also interested in peoples personal experiences, good and bad if they fitted one in last cpl years

my rig is a 5.6 mtr fg hydrofield trihull so pretty heavy and most of my research has leaning to either a viper or lonestar.

cheers


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Lonestar for me

Mon, 2022-02-28 14:27

Hi I have a lonestar winch on my 7.5 Ali use boat at least 2 times a week have 20 kg anchor and large stainless. Chain anchoring and moving all the time never let me down highly recommend 

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 cheers mate thats the sort

Mon, 2022-02-28 14:28

 cheers mate thats the sort of feedback i need

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SeaSport

Mon, 2022-02-28 16:47

 SeaSport in Kelmscott do soem really nice installs on lone star winches.

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Seasport marine

Mon, 2022-02-28 19:52

That is where I brought mine from best price in Australia when i purchased and I did a lot of shopping around fitted mine up myself pretty easy and one of the best things I have purchased makes life real easy 

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Seasport marine

Mon, 2022-02-28 19:52

That is where I brought mine from best price in Australia when i purchased and I did a lot of shopping around fitted mine up myself pretty easy and one of the best things I have purchased makes life real easy 

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awesome! thanks guys! I'll

Mon, 2022-02-28 20:43

awesome! thanks guys!
I'll chase them up.

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 + 1 for the lonestar, umm'd

Tue, 2022-03-01 00:41

 + 1 for the lonestar, umm'd & arghh'd for a long while about adding an electric anchor winch as it's a few thousand dollars. I did a lot of research and ended up putting a lone star gx2 on my 6.5m glass boat about 6 months ago and now I couldn't imagine going without it. Very handy when anchoring in tight situations like the busy bays at rottnest, the quick drop and retrieve at your finger tip makes life a lot easier in those situations. The amount of torque it has is ridiculous, they build them well, definitely has no troubles bringing the anchor up. If you have a fiberglass hull make sure you factor in getting your mounting surface strengthened. If your NOR, I got my kit from Hitech marine and my anchor well wall beefed up and glassed by GT fiberglass.

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Gx2 is awsome

Tue, 2022-03-01 06:58

After a lot of research I also went for the lone star gx2, fitted it myself to my 233 over a couple of days and it really is a beast.

worth paying the bucks for these units , killer product made in Aus. 

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 cheers Hanzie, Stevieboy!

Tue, 2022-03-01 09:04

 cheers Hanzie, Stevieboy! Yeah the Gx2 was the one i was looking at too,  was wondering whether i could get away with the gx1 but if space allows will prob er on side of caution.

(used to be nor but now south. )

using a guy closer to me for floor mods so will prob use him to fit if he does ok on the floor.

yeah @ Hanzie, prob cpl thou more than i wanted to spend after anchor well/ bow mods but hey, been promising myself one now for last cpl boats... its time

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Lonestar GX2 is the go.

Tue, 2022-03-01 10:15

 I went with the Lonestar GX2 and it is awesome. Wish I had of fitted it years ago. Get the combo pack and the 1000L wiring loom, has everything you need apart from an anchor. Really easy to install as well. I do a lot of deep diving in 20 to 30 metres so on a rough day I'd have close to 40m of anchor line out. Been using it for nearly 2 years and hasn't missed a beat. 

I'd definetly be running 2 batteries in Parallel for it when your winching. There's a vid on Lonestar's website that sold me on the Lonestar, does a comparison between all the drum anchor winches and the Lonestar smashes them. 

Got mine from Hi-tech marine for $2,309 for the lot. Matched the price i got from CH Smith marine. You won't regret it once you buy one. 

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Link to the video

Tue, 2022-03-01 10:23

 Drum Anchor Winch Testing in a 4 way Shootout!

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Winch GX3

Tue, 2022-03-01 11:44

 I went with the GX3  we were out in my 7.6 metre ali boat one night anchored up in 45 knot winds with the GX3 you don't have to tie anchor rope off the winch holds the boat and no problem winching in the wind but I always have my motor running when lowering or raising just to keep batteries full

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 thx Mitch/ Blackgold!yeah

Fri, 2022-03-04 00:59

 thx Mitch/ Blackgold!

yeah ive seen the comparison vid, my only question about it is that its not done by an independent ... (sponsored by lonestar) thats why you guys testimonies are really what i need.

I go out by myself a bit and often with "non capable deckies" and its just so important that i can drop the anchor from the helm when and where i want.

Ive got two batts setup and will make sure i run motor whenever i use the winch, good advice

Did you guys go the expensive dyneema rope as ive heard recommended?

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Double braid nylon

Fri, 2022-03-04 06:14

Use double brain nylon no problems just make sure you give rope a real long bath with fresh water at end of days fishing to stop it going stiff 

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 Roger that re dbl braid!Does

Fri, 2022-03-04 13:34

 Roger that re dbl braid!

Does the roller supplied feed out over the drum evenly all the time , ive seen posts saying youre best to get a convex roller to ensure the rope slides all the way across so it doesnt all bunch on one side?