3 modes of use for easy, fast and precise manoeuvers





Electric mode: for maximal assistance, the Ewincher motor does all the work.

Manual mode: to adjust the setting, like with a standard handle.

Combined mode: for exceptional trimming speed.



ELECTRIC MODE:

The electric motor enables you to winch effortlessly. You just need to press the trigger located on the Palm Grip and to keep the handle static.

Two functions enable optimal control of the trimming speed:

Variable speed: you can control and modify the trimming speed with the tip of your finger. The trigger on the Palm Grip is pressure sensitive, offering a speed range from 0 to 100 rpm. The more you press, the faster you winch!

Choosing between high or low winch speed (reversal of rotation): most winches are equipped with 2 speeds. When you winch anti-clockwise, you use the high speed of the winch, but when you winch clockwise, you use the low speed. Ewincher enables you to winch, using the high or low speed of the winch, by reversing its rotation. Whatever winch speed you use (high or low), you can always control the trimming speed and vary it, thanks to the trigger on the Palm Grip. Setting high or low winch speed can be done in two ways:

  1. By pressing the second button which is located under the Palm Grip knob.

  2. With a 1/2 turn of the Ewincher around the winch, in the direction required for winching. This function is very user-friendly; as soon as you start using Ewincher, we recommend watching our video tutorial for concrete application.

MANUAL MODE

Ewincher has the same shape and length as a standard handle, which is for a specific reason: it can be used as a standard handle. All that is needed for this purpose is to hold down the button under the knob and to winch as usual.
You then have exactly the same sensations as with a standard handle. This is particularly useful when you wish to do a fine setting manually, or just for feeling the tension in your ropes. No need to change the handle; you already have a standard handle at your finger tips.

COMBINED MODE :

The combined mode consists in using the electric mode, so instead of maintaining the handle still, you winch at the same time. You then reach unequalled trimming speed. This mode is most useful at the start of a manoeuvre, when there is little tension in your ropes and you need to winch very quickly.
Discover the three modes of use in our video tutorial.

Three modes to assist you from the beginning to the end of your manoeuver:

These three modes of use offer you great flexibility of use. This is very important in order for Ewincher to accompany you from the beginning to the end of your manoeuvre. All manoeuvres go through several stages, and even if these can be very fast, they have completely different requirements, including during manual winching:

1st Stage: Whether hoisting the mainsail or trimming the genoa, the manoeuvre begins with no tension in the rope. So, winching is very easy and only requires a lot of speed. Some crew members simply pull the rope manually during this stage; others grind very quickly. With Ewincher, you can use the combined mode during this first stage (up to 160 rpm).

2nd Stage: There is now some tension in the rope. Manually, you use the winch's high speed (winching anti-clockwise). With Ewincher, you just need to use the electric mode, set on the winch's high speed.

3rd Stage: At the end of the manoeuvre, winching with the winch's high speed setting becomes much harder, due to the increase of tension in your rope. Manually, one generally tends to change the rotation direction. With Ewincher, in case of a significant increase of tension in the handle, you reverse the rotation direction in order to use the electric mode with the winch's low speed setting.

4th Stage: In order to conduct the final sail settings and to adjust the last centimetres, Ewincher enables you to choose between electric mode with very low speed (thanks to speed control via the trigger) or manual mode.

All these stages and modes of use may seem complex at first sight. In fact, they are user-friendly because they are conform with navigators' reflexes.

Why is it easier to winch with Ewincher than with a standard handle?

With an electric winch, you just need to push a button in order to trim. With an electric winch handle, you need to push a button, but also to hold the handle and keep it still in order to compensate the torque. Some users may wonder why it is easier to winch with Ewincher than with a standard handle. Indeed, the torque that needs compensating is exactly the same as the one that would be exerted on a standard handle for winching manually. Here are few explanations:

Firstly, when using Ewincher's electric mode, no rotation effort is needed. In effect, winching with a standard handle is a polyarticular movement (which mobilises several articulations), so extremely demanding for the human body, while holding Ewincher still is significantly easier.

Secondly, Ewincher's ergonomics enables the user to always be in the most comfortable position in order to maintain the handle and to compensate the torque.

When observing the following below, we all know that when tension on ropes becomes intense, it is very difficult to operate the winch handle in the red sector, while one has much more power in the green one. It is in the latter, that the handle torque can be compensated easily. So, holding the handle in place is as easy as child's play; the handle does all the work. So that you can always position Ewincher with this angle of attack, the handle is disengaged when not used.

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Finally, Ewincher 's Palm Grip enables the user to compensate the torque perfectly by balancing the effort in the body.

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