Maxwell RC8 Windlass - 5/16" 1000W 12V #:  39533
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Wave Design chainwheel is designed for anchor rodes with any 5/16" marine grade chain. No need to worry whether your chain is HT or BBB or Proof Coil, the chainwheel handles all of them!
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MFG Part#:   RC8
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Maxwell RC8-8 (5/16") 1000 Watt 12 Volt

Maxwell's RC Rope Chain series windlasses proudly follow in the highly successful footsteps of the Freedom, Liberty and HRC fully automatic rope/chain anchor winches. Every Maxwell automatic rope/chain windlass is available with all the necessary components for fully automatic dual direction control in a competitively priced package. 

Maxwell’s revolutionary new chain wheel once again leads the market in innovative thinking, with the introduction of the Wave Design™ chain wheel. This patented rope/chain wheel incorporates two unique design concepts that greatly improve the handling and control of the rope/chain spliced rode. 

The outer ribs of the chain wheel are angled slightly forward ensuring that the rope and the chain are smoothly guided in the wheel during anchor retrieval. As the rope pulls into the wheel, the opposite facing inner ribs grip the rope in an undulating manner, securing the rope more firmly in a 'wave pattern' action that is far superior to the traditional 'jam cleat' manner of holding the rope compared to all other products on the market. 

Not only does this Wave Design™ hold the rope more securely, it is also kinder on the rope resulting in increased longevity of your anchor rode. The Wave Design™ Chainwheel is fitted to all RC Series windlasses, designed for anchor rodes with any marine grade chain, G4, BBB, Proof Coil, and Metric. No need to worry whether your chain is G40 HT or BBB or Proof Coil - the chain wheel handles all of them!

RC8-8 Features;  
  • The all new stainless steel RC8-8 can be used with 8mm (5/16") HT or BBB chain spliced to 14-16mm (9/16"-5/8") three strand or 8-plait rope.
  • The ingeniously designed rope/chain gypsy (chain wheel) is able to accommodate a wide range of chain pitch differences within the specified chain size diameters suitable for use with the RC8 Series.
  • Simple two-piece installation saves time and money and allows easy retrofitting without disassembly of the windlass.
  • Unique spacer tube design allows installation through virtually any deck thickness and the multiple mounting positions and self-aligning gearbox ensure optimal location of gearbox and motor in virtually all installation situations.
  • The RC8 features Maxwell's revolutionary, and patented, new Wave DesignTM chain wheel.
  • The heavy-duty stainless steel pressure arm is designed to effectively help grasp the rope/chain splice, giving the RC8 an unparalleled level of performance. In combination with a heavy-duty, large wire diameter, stainless steel pre-loaded spring, the pressure arm always exerts maximum control pressure.
  • The RC8-8 works just as effectively with 8mm or 5/16" all-chain rodes.
  • Huge, through deck hawse pipe throat ensures easy entry of the rope/chain rode into and out of the anchor locker.
  • Full disassembly capability of the top works utilizing only the handle provided and an Allen key.
  • Manual override and Free Fall, using the emergency crank/clutch handle provided.
  • Sealed oil bath and marine-grade hard anodized, alloy gearbox provides maximum output via a precision worm and worm wheel.
Note: the RC Gypsy will not accept long link mooring chain, must be short link calibrated windlass grade sizes.

In the Box:
  • RC8 Windlass
  • Dual direction solenoid
  • Emergency "free fall" activation handle
  • Installation manual
  • Circuit Breaker
  • Panel Toggle Switch 

  Maxwell RC8-10-VW10 User's Manual

  Maxwell Chainwheel

  Maxwell RC8 Catalog


Model RC8 8mm - 5/16"
Maximum Pull 600kg - 1320lbs
Static Hold 1200kg - 2640 lbs
Chain Short Link 8mm - 5/16"
Rope Size
(3 strand or 8 plait)
14mm-16mm 9/16"- 5/8"
Chain Speed
(Normal working load)
32m/min - 105ft/min
Rope Speed
(Normal working load)
28m/min - 92ft/min
Power Supply (DC) 12 VDC
Motor Power 1000W
Net weight DC Low profile version 16.5kg - 36.3lbs


Model RC8 8mm - 5/16"
A 210mm - 8 5/16"
B1 83mm - 3 5/16"
B2 (with Capstan) 146mm - 5 3/4"
C 156mm - 6 3/16"
D 208mm - 8 1/4"
E 272mm - 10 3/4"
F 410mm - 16 1/4"
G (Std deck clearance) 65mm - 2 1/2"
H 40mm -1 5/8"
I 66mm -2 5/8"
J 44mm - 1 3/4"

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 riased position while under way.

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