This Anchor Wizard System was specifically designed for pontoon boats of any size. No more getting up from your seat to throw the anchor over the siderails of your boat. No more hand over hand pulling! No more weedy or muddy messes left on the deck of your boat, and no more loose, wet anchor rope to get in the way and possibly trip over. Finally, an easier and safer way to anchor your Pontoon boat!
Posted by Dave Harshberger on 28th Jul 2016
This product works quite well, and I'm satisfied with my purchase. It's a major improvement over manually dropping and retrieving an anchor. Comments on installation and operation follow:
The YouTube video does a good job of covering the basic installation. I encountered two minor problems, however. The first was that the supplied mounting bolts for the winch assembly were too short so I had to purchase longer bolts. I have standard 3/4 inch decking so perhaps this was a packaging error. The second was that the swivel nose piece was installed backwards in the frame, so needed to be removed and reinstalled - took a little while to figure that out.
The winch and pulleys are sized for 1/4 inch anchor line. I wanted to use my existing 3/8 inch line, so enlarged the line retention hole in the winch spool, and used larger pulleys that I purchased at my local boating store. 150 ft. of 3/8 in line fits in the winch just fine.
In order for the anchor to release properly from the nose piece, you need to ensure that the anchor weighs more than any chain that's attached to your anchor (sort of obvious). Also need to use an anchor that fits easily within the approx. 2 3/8 inch diameter of the ring on the end of the swivel nose piece. The anchor then releases just fine. I've noticed that the anchor doesn't always nest correctly in the nose piece when winching it in, and I've had to reach under the bow of the boat to align it properly - however, once in place, it's held securely and well above the water.
This is a pretty good system, and I'd have no problem recommending it to others. The winch assembly takes up minimal deck space and is pretty much out of the way, and having the anchor readily available for use, but hidden below the deck is great.