I had a winch on my old boat with 3/16 rope and it was fine. Even used the boat clete a couple times to pull it loose. It should pull you up current with no added help. I used it a bunch on the Missouri and below Truman Dam. Was real handy when I was by myself. Mine was wired to my starting battery and I would have the motor running when pulling it up. Seemed to give it a little more power. I liked it a bunch but it is always up there and inevedibly will get in the way.