What is windlass?

A windlass, or an anchor winch, reduces the effort required to hoist and lower heavy ground tackle and might be the best labour saving device you can add to your boat.Employing the power and mechanical advantage of an anchor windlass can make anchoring faster, easier, and safer. On small craft, where the anchor and anchor rode are less cumbersome, a windlass may be superfluous.This is not the case once the boat and its anchor gear increase in size and weight.