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    I now own a boat with a Powerwinch. Have never used anything but manual winches. I am not sure what to make of it yet other than the fact that when I loaded my boat up it was awesome. Question? What do you do if you are loading up boat and the electric winch takes a crap? or the clutch goes and you cant manually crank? This thing makes me nervous.

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    They make a hand crank.

    Once I forgot My power cable. I drove The boat all the way up and secured with a rope.

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    Big DV - I've broken a few winches while loading. One power winch snapped the main drive shaft ( China made ). I just put roller trailer in deeper than normal and guided boat on. Had to use engines to get last few feet to winch stand. I use a big turn buckle to secure boat to winch stand.

    I do carry a spare cable - this is thing that most often will break on you.

    I had an Arm Strong melt the male / female connector plug in. I just hard wired it to get boat on trailer.
    They say that life's a carousel - spinning fast, you've got to ride it well.

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    Ah.... good advice fellas. Thanks

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    Skip the flimsy trailer winches, they WILL fail. Go with an off-road type winch. They are destined to sit out on the front of a bumper so you know that they are waterproof and tough!

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    Boat, trailer and winch look brand new and never used! You must take real good care of it!

    Charles - just my two cents....I’ve used three new PowerWinches over the past 31 years. Averages out to 10 years per winch. Had a switch burn up at the ramp. Boat was far enough up to pull out and hand crank rest of the way. Been lucky enough to never have a failure, leaving me stranded at any launch ramp. (Knock on wood). There was a time in those thirty plus years when PowerWinch quality/reputation took a hit. Could still be evident today. I guess I’ve been lucky.

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    My boat is way smaller than CharlesM's so maybe I am not the best reference.

    I have a 40 year old powerwench that was on the trailer I bought with my 1978 boat back around 1995. Got a new trailer moved the wench over. Rebuilt the friction plates once replaced the switch once.

    I do have a dedicated ground wire along with a really good chassis connection and a double 12V wire (all wires being 6 gauge) running from the circuit breakers back to the connector next to my hitch.

    The good news is that I can still get parts for it.

    I need to lube it up again as it popped the circuit breaker when I was pulling the boat up today.

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    So now I have the question of how much is overkill? Can I make do with the 3000lb winch that costs $369 or do I need the 9000lb winch that costs $597?

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    Charles - look into Eastern Marine in Delaware , they will ship. Easy website.

    I use the SA12000 model - $349.00 - it pulls in my 27 Grady White with no trouble ( double lined / pulley ). I use a roller trailer and do not put it in deep so winch does a lot of pulling.
    They say that life's a carousel - spinning fast, you've got to ride it well.

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