hey sixshooter if you remeber my little tub i use a 40 lb anchor and sometimes it is not enough. once in a while i will end up dragging it. your boat is a bit bigger than mine so i would go bigger. i also heard the same thing about winches. go with a better one. or if you can afford to feed the wench youhad aboard than keep that one. i thought it wasnt bad. he also does a good job pulling fish from the wood.