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Frequently Asked Questions

Cable or Strap?

Trailer winches come with cables or nylon straps. Cables provide great strength and are very secure. You can also double-line cables, giving you the strongest application, hands-down the best for larger boats. Straps are softer on the hands, yet provide good strength and power for medium and smaller sized boats.

All Powerwinch 12 volt electric trailer winches are made from the finest grade materials and designed for long lasting wear. Our heat-treated gear system provides smoother operation and resists corrosion. Powerwinch gears are designed with a clutch control for smoother power-in and easy freewheel-out operation. The efficient gear train system allows for more powerful pull with less amp draw. All of our winches use heavy-duty bearings for smooth, efficient power delivery, and the positive gear train lock prevents unwanted line slippage. The zinc plated frame and tough weather-resistant housing complete the package by protecting the unit from the elements. You can't go wrong with a 12 volt electric trailer winch from Powerwinch!

Why buy 12V?

Manual winches require your physical strength to pull and crank the weight of your boat as it fights gravity and slowly ramps onto the trailer.

With your Powerwinch 12 volt trailer winch, your boat can glide onto the trailer by simply pressing the remote and the work is done! Fast, easy, and safe! With the 12 volt electric trailer winch, you can use a pulley or block at the bow eye to double your pulling power (which doubles the cable and halves the retrieval speed). You can get more strength out of your trailer winch but it slows the retrieval speed by 50%.

Why power-in/freewheel-out . . . or power out?

With the power-in/freewheel-out system, the electric motor pulls the boat onto the trailer yet has a clutch release that allows gravity to float the boat into the water with ease. If you need more control when deploying your boat, get the power-out 915 Trailer Winch.

Which winch do you need?

MODEL
Max. Boat
Weight*
Line
Speed
Vertical Lift
Capacity
Remote
Control
Light
Double Line
Capacity
Gear
Ratio
Power
Source
Circuit
breaker
Unit
Weight
Depth
Width
Height
Cable Length & Diameter
RC 30
11,500 lbs
8 FPM
4000 lbs
Yes
Yes
7500 lbs
450:1
12V
60 amp
36 lbs
9.5"
11.5"
9"
40' x 7/32"
RC 23
7500 lbs
14 FPM
2400 lbs
Yes
Yes
4300 lbs
225:1
12V
60 amp
34 lbs
9.5"
11.5"
9"
40' x 7/32"
915
9500 lbs
10 FPM
3200 lbs
No
No
5900 lbs
450:1
12V
60 amp
40 lbs
10"
10"
8"
40' x 7/32"
912
11,500 lbs
8 FPM
4000 lbs
No
No
7500 lbs
450:1
12V
60 amp
35 lbs
10"
10"
8"
40' x 7/32"
712
7500 lbs
14 FPM
2400 lbs
No
No
4300 lbs
225:1
12V
30 amp
33 lbs
10"
10"
8"
20' x 7/32"
315
4000 lbs
15 FPM
1650 lbs
No
No
N/A
270:1
12V
30 amp
22 lbs
10"
10"
8"
20' x 7/32"
215
3500 lbs
12 FPM
1500 lbs
No
No
N/A
270:1
12V
30 amp
23 lbs
9.5"
10"
8"
20' x 7/32"
ST 712
7500 lbs
10 FPM
2000 lbs
No
No
N/A
225:1
12V
60 amp
29 lbs
10"
10"
8"
20' x 3" strap
ST 215
4000 lbs
10 FPM
1500 lbs
No
No
N/A
270:1
12V
30 amp
23 lbs
10"
10"
8"
20' x 2" strap
*When calculating boat weight, be sure to include boat, motor, fuel, gear and supplies. If in doubt, select the next larger size.
*PLUG-IN POWER! Safety tip: Do not use your trailer winch as a tie-down. To prevent mishaps, use separate tie-downs to secure your boat on the trailer. Trailer winches should not be used as hoists.

Powerwinch Customer Support: 1.800.243.3097