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    Question which winch?

    I have a North River "Trapper" model river jet boat, 21', 350 Chevy inboard, canvas top, 110 gal fuel capacity. I would like to consider installing a winch on the bow to help get me off those occasional gravel/sand bars that seem to pop up when you least expect them. Any recommendations of make, model, where to purchase and how to install would be appreciated. I'm located in Wrangell if that helps. I figure attaching winch hook to the anchor chain should work.

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    With the size and wieght of you boat you would I would go no less than a 5000# winch and that may be to small considering it will be a dead weight pull. The problem with a winch is that you have to cut out a box to put it in then weld in braces and reinforce the area.
    Instead of a winch have you considered come-a-longs? I had a 21' hewescraft inboard and I carried a 2500# cable come-a-long and a rope come -a-long they sat in a cubby hole with a 200' coil of 5/8 braided rope. The nice thing with the come alongs is that you are not limited to one direction and the come-a-long can be used for other things outside the boat.

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    I wouldn't have a winch perminantly mounted on my boat. There are lots of portable powered winches that would work. Lewis chainsaw winch is about the most powerful portable winch I know of. There are a few other chainsaw powered cable winches and capstain winches out there as well.

    http://www.capstanropewinch.com/WinchFrameset2.htm
    http://www.lewiswinch.com/
    http://www.portablewinch.com/
    http://www.rule-industries.com/produ..._265/index.htm

    Or you could do something like this on the front and rear of your boat.

    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...&cm_ite=netcon

    I carry a rope-along and 400' of rope. And yes I've used it. It gives you lots of time to think about how you got in that situation, and how not to the next time. My boat is a Jetcraft 2175 XS

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    Thumbs up Lewis, Lewis, Lewis

    For what your planning on spending for installment and reinforcement....Get a Lewis with a nice saw. (Husquavarna or Stihl).

    They are spendy but maaaaaannnnn are they worth it. Plus if you ever have to cut something such as a log jam, just leave the bar and blade in your storage box (with a little bar oil).
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    I agree with the below post fully. They also allow you to pull from any direction which for me comes in handy at times. They also are great to have if someone doesn't drop the bull and it runs into a swamp/pond to die. Just drag him out. I've also used mine to drag snags out of the river in the fall ; low water. Then clean up all the lure's. Great fun!!

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