I have some questions about controlling the speed. My slope is not perfectly smooth, and there will be some obstacles, so one person will need to walk with the boat to correct its path, while another person operates the winch. It will be necessary to stop the movement for brief periods. I envisage that for hauling a log, one would set the speed of the wheel and control the movement of the log by regulating the tension on the rope. But in my case, where i will be hauling the boat uphill, there will always be tension on the line. So, to stop or slow the boat, would i stop or slow the speed of the wheel? And how does one do this? And can it be done while holding the line, (for example with a foot pedal) or will i need two people at the winch: one to hold the line and the other to regulate the speed.
Stop & Go on hillside: You raise a real concern, as you are pulling a rolling object uphill, there will always be friction on the drum when you stop pulling for realignment of the load. Therefore excessive heat could be generated which could cause rope damage or failure.
The simple way of solving this is to use a self-locking pulley (PCA-1272) at some distance in front of the winch. This pulley will take the load whenever tension is not applied to the rope (i.e. when you stop pulling on the rope), allowing stop/start motion. We can let the engine run at whatever RPM it's running and simply resume pulling the rope when ready.
Another possibility would be to purchase the PCH1000 pulling/lifting winch. This winch is equipped with a rope grabbing system that will hold the rope when you stop pulling. There is also a clutch, therefore, as soon as you stop pulling on the rope, the drum stops turning! See more in our products section or use our compare products tool to compare the different winches.