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This Minn Kota® DeckHand Anchor Winch allows you to automatically raise your anchor with the push of a button, and its special anti-drag system senses the bottom to allow for controlled drifting. Designed for anchors weighing from 20-to-40 lbs., the DeckHand Anchor Winch is powered by 12-volt battery (not included) and features a manual circuit breaker that protects the motor and electronics. Pre-spooled with 100' of 800 lb. test nylon rope.
Davit can be mounted at base of DeckHand or in remote position on deck
20 to 40 lb. anchor capacity (Anchor not included)
Pre-spooled with 100 feet of 100 lb. test nylon rope
Stows anchor horizontally to eliminate anchor swing
Anchor shackle allows for quick changes between anchors
Stow and deploy switch integrated into the base of the unit
Minn Kota® DeckHand Anchor Winch - Model DH40
Good quality, quiet operation.
I have purchased 4 of these so far. I bought my first 2 for my 2008 Lowe FM 165. I experienced some shear pin problems so I put nails in them instead of the shear pins. The shear pin problem was the only thing I had any trouble with. The second 2 were for my 2011 Tracker Targa V18 WT. Minn Kota seems to have fixed the pin trouble with the newer winches. I always run 30 lb river anchors and these winches handle them with no issues I haven't had any issues at all with my new winches and they have great pulling power. They are quiet compared to my friends Trac Big Water and definitly more reliable. He is going to replace his Trac with a Minn Kota as it has failed him for the last time. The Minn Kota is more expensive but well worth the money.
August 7, 2012
I guess only the dissatisfied leave reviews. I bought 2 of the DH40's 4 yrs. ago and love them. I run 25lb anchors and they work great. I'd mount 40lb. anchors on these and never give it a second thought. I move my boat 15/25 times a day , I bought the remote for the front anchor and easily run both anchors when fishing by myself, and have worked these machines hard. I have learned when fighting 4/5 foot crashing waves, to bring the anchors off their mounts and secure in the bottom of the boat, just to not loosen the mount bolts on the machines from the severe crashing of the bow in to the waves. Otherwise, the DH40's are great and one of the best fishing products I have bought.
March 8, 2012
I used it once at a local lake and had to deal with the issues more than I'm able to fish. Really bad engineering design!
April 22, 2011
Redesign Improvement Required
Be ready for the dowel pin to fall out after a couple times using this thing. The problem is in the upward stopping position loads on the spool are too high on the collar ,shaft and dowel pin when the anchor comes to a stop. I like the idea. However If it wasn't for the fact that I already drilled holes in my newly painted boat for mounting, I would send it back.
February 5, 2009
The new davit will reach out over the side of most boats far enough. I've got mine mounted out over the edge on bow and stern and run 30 lb river anchors. No issues at all. You could also mount on the quick detach bracket.
I just used the chain that came with it. It comes with about 1 foot of chain. I am not using chain rode on my boat. I just let out plenty of rope and I'm fine. I doubt there is room for the chain to wind up on winch. There are also wires under the cover that will tangle in chain, I pulled a weed up once and it tangled and unplugged a wire under the cover.
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