The Capstan is a Ship component and Ship Customization Item in Sea of Thieves. It is a horizontally-mounted wheel used to raise and lower a Ship's Anchor. Its variants are purchased at a Shipwright and equipped via a Ship Customization Chest.
Mechanics[edit | edit source]
The Capstan is a staple of every type of Ship and is used to either drop or raise a Ship's Anchor. Every ship spawns with a dropped anchor. The anchor can be dropped instantly, but raising the anchor requires more time and manpower. The anchor will not activate until the crank is complete. It is possible to catch the Capstan while it's going down, allowing the player to hold it right before it engages for a very quick and timed stop. The Capstan can be held in place by a player while it is being raised as well. A capstan held in place can then be manually lowered or raised. Holding on to an activated Capstan is called "prepping the anchor" to fine-tune when a Capstan is fully raised or lowered. A dropped anchor stops a ship from moving, however it is still possible to move an anchored ship with harpoon pulls or from Gunpowder Barrel explosions.
When the anchor is lowered while the ship is moving and the wheel is fully turned to a side, the ship can perform an anchor turn, which will quickly turn the ship more than 90 degrees.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- There is no visible Anchor shown below an anchored ship.
Variants[edit | edit source]
The following are all the available Cosmetic Figurehead Variants in Sea of Thieves:
|Bear & Bird Capstan||Pirate Emporium||n/a||"A capstan so delightful you'll never want to stop and swap it for another one."|
|Capstan of the Wailing Barnacle||Duke||n/a||"A fine, nautical capstan - though its last ship still languishes on the ocean floor."|
|Mercenary Capstan||Duke||n/a||"A steel anchor weighs heavy on this capstan, yet nothing weighs on your conscience."|
|Sailor Capstan||n/a||n/a||This Capstan variant is automatically provided to all players by default.|
|Spartan Capstan||Ship Customization Chest||n/a||"A well-oiled machine, not unlike the crew of fearless fighters that use it."|
|Trapmaker’s Capstan||Ship Customization Chest||n/a||"This capstan was crafted by a notorious trapmaker. Do you really want to keep winding this thing?!"|
|The Killer Whale Capstan||The Hunter's Call||35||"Based on the capstan that went down with The Killer Whale, let's hope this one is luckier."|
|Admiral Capstan||Shipwright Shop||10||"A tidy, sturdy capstan that you'd find on a nice, proper vessel."|
|Sea Dog Capstan||Shipwright Shop||10||"More travelled than your usual capstan, built to withstand the trials of the Sea of Thieves!"|
|Sovereign Capstan||Shipwright Shop||10||"If one absolutely must manually wind one's anchor, let one do it in luxurious style."|
|Bone Crusher Capstan||Shipwright Shop||n/a||"This creepy capstan raises the anchor as fast as your sword drops skeletons!"|
|Glorious Sea Dog Capstan||Shipwright Shop||20||"This smart-looking capstan befits a crew of disciplined, brave fighters... but it's yours now!"|
|Kraken Capstan||Shipwright Shop||n/a||"A capstan as pointy and dangerous as the Kraken itself!"|
|Ocean Crawler Capstan||Shipwright Shop||n/a||"Try not to get seasick while turning this oceanic capstan!"|
|Parrot Capstan||Shipwright Shop||n/a||"You'll soon be dancing the conga as you wind in your anchor."|
|Pirate Legend Capstan||Shipwright Shop||"When the anchor must be quickly raised, this legendary capstan will be praised."|