Choosing the correct wiring for windlass

Question:

Hello Jeff

I am in the planning stage of installing an anchor windlass Maxwell VW10-8  12volt rated output 1000w circuit breaker required per manufacturer is 135amp. I am putting this on a Hunter 35.5 sailboat. Cable run will be 85-90 feet this is probably a little high but would rather over estimate then under.

The manufacturer instructions recommended for this model is 2/0 AWG for a 80' -105' cable run. Do you think this acceptable for the best performance? I think I figured the voltage drop correctly and this would put it around 6% drop. What recommendation do you have?

Love all the helpful advice and the many videos.

Thank you
Keith


Answer:

Hi Keith,

Yep, you're going in the right direction. Based on your length of cable run for windlass, a wiring selection of 2/0 seems is a good choice. To further offset voltage drop, always remember to run your engine when using your windlass.

Jeff

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