Choosing the Correct Wiring for Windlass


Hello Jeff,

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

The manufacturer's recommendation for this model is 2/0 AWG for a 80' -105' cable run. Do you think this acceptable for the best performance? I figured the voltage drop is around 6%. What recommendation do you have?  
Love all the helpful advice and the many videos. Thank you - Keith



Hi Keith.  Yes, you're going in the right direction. Based on your length of cable run for a 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