Ewincher, an alternative to the electric winch
The electric winch is today the reference among the helping manoeuvres products, then why choosing Ewincher rather than an electric winch?
The price of a 40 electric winch is around €3500 (without assembly) per winch.
In general terms, we prefer the electrisation of the mainsail winch that enables to harden up and go up to the mast easily. It represents approximately a €4000 budget for a single installed electric winch, without assistance on winches for the genoa sheets or the spinnaker.
Electricizing the sheets winches to harden the genoa represents approximately an additional €8000 budget for the installation of two electric winches. Also, an over €10 000 is to be planned to enjoy an assistance on every sailboat posts for the manoeuvres of mainsail, genoa, spinnaker and climb to the mast.
The electric winch handle Ewincher costs 2600€ and can be used straight ahead, without mounting anything, on all winches of the sailboat. It can also be used as a safety device in case of failure of the windlass to lift the anchor or to lift the dinghy.
The mounting and the volume in cabins.
To install an electric winch on a sailing boat needs to alter directly the sailboat to put an electric engine inside the cabin. Depending of the size of the sailboat, the electric engine of the winch can take an important volume under the cockpit, making sometimes the mounting impossible.
One needs to make all the electric connections for the winch and eventually add extra batteries to sustain the additional consumption of the electric winch mounted on the sailboat.
With Ewincher, we avoid the difficulties of the mounting, of the connection and of the volume inside the cabins, it can be used right out of the box with ease on all the winches of the sailing boat.
Sailing sensations and risk of damage
Using electric winches for sailing doesn’t allow to feel sensations regarding the strength we are using when manoeuvring. When we are hoisting or thrilling a sail, we don’t know precisely the tension in the rope which can cause damage on the sailboat.
The electric winch handle Ewincher offers an electric assistance while manoeuvring that sticks to the sailing sensations that we feel when we are using stand winch handles. We know at any time the intensity of the effort putted on the rope, it allows sailors to notice immediately if a problem occurs (sails laths or ropes stuck somewhere…).
The hauling speed is not adjustable, which means it is complicated to use an electric winch to make fine-tuning adjustments, using a standard winch handle is recommended to avoid damaging something on the sailing boat.
Ewincher has a progressive hauling speed that one can adjust between 15 to 80 rounds per minute, it allows to be fast at the beginning of the manoeuvre and also to make adjustments at the end using the electric assistance.
Maximum torque of electric winches is not adjustable, if one keeps pushing the button, the winch will keep hauling and can damage the ropes or the sails of the sailing boat if we don’t pay attention.
The electric winch handle Ewincher is equipped with an adjustable torque from 10kg to 32kg of traction on the handle, it allows manoeuvring sailing boats up to 55 feet without damaging anything.
Electric consumption and weigh
An electric winch weighs about 12kg to 15kg and add an additional electric consumption on the battery of the sailboat.
Ewincher weighs only 2.2kg and offers a great autonomy thanks to its Lithium Ion battery: more than a day of sailing with only one charge. Charging time takes about 1h30 and consumes 7Ah (1.7% of a 400Ah battery stock), it allows sailors to monitor precisely their