Monday, 24 March 2014

Electric Power Winch Driver for Sailboats by Winchrite

Our post of 23 August 2013 about my friend Mark Clarke and family cruising in the Baltic and the Russian coast showed the Milwaukee power drill he uses for electrically driving his winches on s/v Bear.

Another product is the Winchrite by Sailology, a purpose built electrically powered winch handle, practical and easy to use. Here is a product description and specifications taken from the Sailology website 

Winch Rite is an affordable, light-weight, safe, cordless electric winch handle designed specifically for use on sailboats. All weather resistant design and extended battery life make the WinchRite a perfect addition to your sailing gear!
Winchrite electric handle by Sailology
The cordless Winch Rite handle produces great torque at variable speeds and was designed with safety in mind. It features an integrated rubber inlay for anti-skid prevention and a weather resistant cover for increased durability and protection. The winch cog contains a unique drive to prevent failure in both rotation directions and will not unthread or snap the retaining screw.

This electric winch handle works on all single and two speed winches where a standard eight point handle is utilized. Operate the WinchRite handle at the lowest speed of your winch to ensure maximum pull and the lowest battery consumption.

Winch Rite Technical Specifications:

Winchrite holster
Exterior housing: Composite of ABS and PC plastics resulting in superior durability and strength.
Drive: Integrated standard winch cog of stainless steel.
Torque: Achieves 110+NM (81 lb/ft) of torque to stall
Rotation:50-110rpm via variable speed technology in both directions allowing for two speed winch rotations.
Battery: Internal rechargeable 21.6V Lithium
Weight: 6.2 lb/2.8kgs.
Included with WinchRite:
100-220 volt AC shore power
12 volt DC Trickle charging device
Drive Cog
Storage tote bag

Here is another video showing more features: 

The Milwaukee power drill option also holds currency with cruising sailors and you can go to the Cruisers Forum website
to update yourself on the discussion.

You can read much more about yachting equipment and sailboat cruising in my book 'Sailing Adventures in Paradise', downloadable from my website

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