TRAC Outdoor Anchor Winch - Big Water
I have one of these on the front of my boat for 6 years and it works great. I had the stainless steel manual anchormates that had the davit that held the anchor up right it is spring loaded. I also had to raise the motor so it would be level to the davit also had to center the line on the spool and mount it accordingly. I just wonder about all the problems listed if everything was done to the installation sheet and followed exactly. I know several people with the minn kotas that have to replace the plastic gears in them all the time. This winch has all steel gears. I am going to purchase 2 more.
June 4, 2011
I bought two of these for my pontoon boat refurbishment project and unfortunately didn't install or use them before the return period had expired.
Impossible to install without drilling out the cover screws. i(mpact driver didn't work for me either.) Both winches went up and down fine unless an anchor was attached, then only went down acceptably. Cheap e-ring on mainshaft comes loose and locks up the winch, I have tried a lot of ways to improve this but none have worked. I'll sell em both cheap.
May 10, 2009
Big Water- Big Letdown
First time in use (2ea) one anchor would not freefall and the other gets stuck in freefall mode and won't engage the gearing to raise it..... Fixed the last problem with a little lubrication, but the non-freefall anchor is annoying. If in wind or current and with this anchor taking 1-2 minutes to reach the bottom, it's a miracle if you can get the darn thing set before you drift or get blown past the structure you want to fish..... the freefall feature is why I bought these. So, to rate the debut and maiden voyage of these little junkers, I must say that you will be better served, with less hassle, using a concrete block and a long length of soft rope to anchor the boat!!! I'm not a very happy consumer of this product right now, as this winch will not deliver it's advertised features as stated by the manufacturer.
August 1, 2009
The instructions refer to a template for marking the mounting holes for the winch. It was not included. My only option was to remove the cover in order to mark the holes (the cover had to be removed to install the mounting bolts any way).
The 10/32 phillips headed screws securing the cover would not bulge. I resorted to an impact screwdriver with no success. I finally used a cut-off grinder to grind and thereby heat the screws enough to melt through the plastic cover. After spreading the cover enough to clear the screws and removing it I was able to grab the screw heads with vice grips and remove them. They appeared to have some kind of thread lock on them although the residue that came out looked more like rust.
If the panel switch is moved to an alternate location, the winch cover is left with a 2-1/4" high and 1-1/4" wide opening for which there is no cover supplied.
Once installed it performs as advertised except it sometimes required several "UP" bumps on the control to lock the line after free falling to the bottom.
August 10, 2008