Originally Posted by Jono
...now try the same test with a dead engine....
No help whatsoever.. but here's a good set up. "Hand Friendly" rope and not wire...
Try winching at full load with an electric winch with a dead engine and see how far you get
anyway as already commented, relevant only to 4x4s parked in the middle of a river
yes an electric winch will be perfectly capable, bearing in mind my comments on ratings though. I have had 2 electric winches before I switched to hydraulic and they have all had a thorough work out, each had their pros and cons.
The link Hugh just posted reminded me of something else to bear in mind: most winches "rated load" is with the wire on the first layer of the drum and it decreases considerably when there are three or four layers on the drum, so with the drum full the pulling power is considerably less. Another reason for slightly over-specifying the thing in the first place.
Hand friendly rope: magic stuff, I use that on mine. I'd never go back to wire again
even if the price is a bit
Powrlaunch hmm interesting and novel idea but I do wonder how long an electric motor will last operating in salt water?
T-max are ok but apparently (the 4x4 ones anyway) very hard to get bits for if you break it. Warn and Superwinch on the other hand, easy to get bits for even old ones. I've got a T-max hand winch for a backup, it works fine but its a bit like rowing a RIB with oars, you will get there in the end but it takes forever and it's #kin hard work!
I doubt whether any slipway would be more than about 20 degrees, it doesn't sound much but it is quite steep!