OK I've been thinking about this for some time. Electric winches are nice and fast but they can really tax an electrical system, on top of that many can't handle continuious duty mud requires (Do you rock boys understand "mire factor"?). Hydraulic have the power and the stamina but can be painfully slow. Then there's that engine not running argument.. PTO winches are a dying breed. When's the last time you saw a PTO shaft sneaking through a set of headers, over a high steer? How about powering a winch with it's own small 2 cycle engine! Robins (Subaru) engines in the 1HP - 2HP range would fit the bill. Light weight, self contained, should run at most any angle, if you're worried about deep water vent the aircleaner higher and start 'er up before you hit the surf. About the only problem to over come is constructing some form of reversing/clutching gearbox. Anything else I haven't thought of? Has anyone ever seen anything along these lines?