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What Type of Rope/Chain Do I Need For My Windlass?

One of the questions we get asked the most is "What type of rope/chain do I need for my windlass?". We've listed some of the most common windlass models below along with the most standard rope and/or chain sizes that they take. Requirements can vary, even for the same model of windlass, so always confirm the listed dimensions with your windlass manual.

Model Chain Rope Notes Link to Buy
Anchorlift Barracuda 600/900 1/4" HT(opt.1/2) 1/2"(opt.1) or 9/16"(opt.2) Two possible gypsies (opt.1/2) are possible. The most popular Gypsy is for 1/4"HT and 1/2" rope.
Anchorlift Dolphin 1000 5/16"HT (opt. 1) or 3/8"HT(opt.2) 5/8" (opt.1/2) Two possible gypsies (opt.1/2) are possible. The most popular Gypsy is for 5/16" HT and 5/8" Rope.
Anchorlift Mako M1212 5/16"HT(opt.1) or 3/8"HT(opt.2) 5/8"(opt.1/2) Two possible gypsies (opt.1/2)are possible. The most popular Gypsy is for 5/16"HT and 5/8" rope.
Anchorlift Mako M1512/M1524 5/16"HT(opt.1) or 3/8"HT(opt.2) 5/8"(opt.1/2) Two possible gypsies (opt.1/2)are possible. The most popular Gypsy is for 5/16"HT and 5/8" rope.
Good Windlass, F850 A 5/16" BBB 1/2"
Good Windlass, F850 C 5/16" BBB 9/16"
Lewmar Pro-Fish 1000 5/16" HT 9/16" Lewmar Pro 1000 Fish
Lewmar Pro-Fish 700 1/4" G4 1/2" Lewmar Pro 700 Fish
Lewmar Pro-Sport 550 1/4" BBB or HT 1/2" Lewmar Pro Sport 550
Lofrans Progress 1 5/16" HT or 5/16" BBB 1/2", 9/16", 5/8"
Maxwell 800 5/16" HT 1/2" 8 Brait Line Discontinued. Many reports of 3 strand operating poorly with this windlass.
Powerwinch 450 1/4" HT 1/2" Powerwinch 450
Powerwinch 46' Class 5/16" HT 5/8" Powerwinch 46' Class
Powerwinch Capstan 1000 No Chain Up to 5/8" Accepts rope only. No Chain. Powerwinch Capstan 1000
Powerwinch Capstan 300 No Chain Up to 3/4" Accepts rope only. No Chain. Powerwinch Capstan 300
Simpson Lawrence Horizon 400 1/4" HT or BBB 1/2" For Gypsy RC061
Simpson Lawrence Horizon 500 1/4" HT or BBB 1/2" For Gypsy RC0761
Simpson Lawrence Horizon 600 5/16" BBB or HT 9/16"-5/8" This is for the Gypsy RC0860. In some rare cases the Horizon 600 may have a different gypsy.
Notes: All specifications are listed as a guide only. Please confirm with your windlass manual. Anchoring.com does not directly retail windlasses, however, we provide links to the products on Amazon.com which generally are the cost-leader.Don't see your windlass listed? Give us your windlass model and we'll try our best to help.