Marine Electric Anchor Capstan

About product

A marine electric anchor capstan is a machine used for mooring and anchoring tasks on ships and boats. It consists of a mooring head and a gypsy designed for anchor chains ranging from 16mm to 60mm. Driven by an electric motor, the capstan can be deck-mounted or thru-deck-mounted. Unlike an anchor winch, it has a single drum for rotating and winding the anchor line, without storing it on the drum. The capstan controls the release and paying out of the line attached to the anchor.

marine electric anchor capstan

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Driven Type


Loading capacity



Anchor, mooring

Wire rope capacity


Product Detail

An advantage of using an anchor capstan is its ability to handle line hauling from any direction. This provides flexibility and convenience during mooring and anchoring operations. However, it is important to ensure that the anchor line approaches the chain gypsy at a specific angle, typically not exceeding 5 degrees above or below the center line of the gypsy.

Electric anchor capstans are available with rated pulls ranging from 3-20 t, making them suitable for a wide range of vessel sizes and loads. They can be seamlessly integrated into the deck construction, thanks to the inclusion of a foundation pipe piece. This design feature allows for easy motor connection below deck. The electric anchor capstans can be operated using either a direct-on-line (DOL) control or a frequency converter, enabling variable speed control based on specific requirements.

The GYPSY Design Of Anchor Capstan

The gypsy design of an anchor capstan is crucial for its effective operation in mooring and anchoring tasks. The gypsy refers to the component of the capstan specifically designed to engage and handle the anchor chain. It is carefully engineered to accommodate anchor chains within a specific range, typically ranging from 16mm to 60mm in size.

The design of the gypsy ensures a secure grip on the anchor chain, allowing for controlled movement and manipulation during winding and unwinding operations. It is designed to maintain proper alignment and tension to prevent slippage or damage to the chain. The gypsy’s shape and construction are optimized to facilitate smooth and efficient engagement with the anchor chain.

By incorporating a well-designed gypsy, the anchor capstan can effectively control the release and paying out of the anchor line. This enables precise and reliable anchoring and mooring, ensuring the safety and stability of the vessel or boat.

Marine Electric Anchor Capstan Drawing

marine electric anchor capstan

Marine Electric Anchor Capstan Parameter

Chain Diameter/mmWorking Load/KnWorking Speed(m/min)Warping Load/KnWarping Speed(m/min)Wire Diameter/mmMotor Power/Kw
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About our company

Zava Marine Corporation is a leading supplier of marine parts and components. With a strong focus on quality and customer satisfaction, we specialize in providing a comprehensive range of high-quality marine equipment and accessories. Our products include deck equipment, ship accessories, and various other essential components needed for smooth maritime operations.

With a global presence, we serve a diverse customer base, including shipbuilders, shipowners, offshore operators, and marine equipment distributors. We are committed to providing exceptional service and tailored solutions to meet our customers’ unique needs.


Zava Marine offers a comprehensive range of certifications for marine parts in accordance with international standards and regulations. These certifications include those provided by renowned marine classification societies such as Lloyd’s Register (LR), Bureau Veritas (BV), China Classification Society (CCS), Registro Italiano Navale (RINA), American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NK), and Det Norske Veritas – Germanischer Lloyd (DNV-GL). By collaborating with these esteemed societies, Zava Marine ensures that our certified marine parts meet the highest standards of safety, quality, and performance, instilling confidence in our reliability and compliance within the maritime industry.

The warranty provided by Zava Marine covers defects in materials and workmanship for a period of two years from the date of purchase. During this warranty period, if any marine parts purchased from Zava Marine exhibit issues or failures resulting from manufacturing defects or faulty materials, Zava Marine will take responsibility for repair or replacement of the affected parts. 

Zava Marine has recently opened new molds for European and North American clients, utilizing materials such as metal, ABS, PVC, and more. These successful mold opening projects allow us to provide customized marine parts and components that meet the specific requirements of our clients in these regions.

Typically, Zava Marine can ship samples within 7 days once the product drawing has been mutually confirmed by both parties. This efficient process ensures that customers can receive samples promptly, allowing them to assess the quality and suitability of the products.

Zava Marine frequently utilizes a wide range of materials in our projects. These materials include aluminum, stainless steel, carbon steel, copper, plastics, titanium, and PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone). Each material offers unique properties and characteristics suitable for various marine applications. 

Yes, we provide customization services for marine parts. We understand that every project and application may have unique requirements, and we are committed to delivering tailored solutions. By collaborating closely with our clients, we can adapt our products to specific specifications, ensuring optimal fit, performance, and compatibility. Whether it’s modifying existing designs or creating entirely new parts, our customization services cater to the diverse needs of the maritime industry.

Absolutely! We offer product design and development services to support our clients’ needs. Our experienced team of engineers and designers can collaborate with clients from concept development to final product realization. By leveraging our expertise in marine engineering and design, we can provide valuable insights and innovative solutions. Whether it’s optimizing existing designs or creating entirely new products, we are equipped to assist clients in bringing their ideas to life efficiently and effectively.

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