Why I use the PONTOS 4 speed Grinder winch and will never go back!
« It’s a huge step forward in terms of both simplicity and performance. Simplicity, because we no longer need to handle the sheets and performance, because the whole maneuver and passage of the foresail is much more fluid than with a conventional 2 speed winch. The whole operation is perfectly smooth and the sail doesn’t flap or snag anymore.
Because everything is done on the winch there are no more flailing arms in the cockpit which facilitates the movement of the crew from one side to the other when tacking. In addition the synchronization between the helmsman and the trimmer is hugely simplified. Before Pontos, the whole process was performed in “emergency mode” with lots of room for mistakes. Now everything is pretty straightforward.
With a full crew because there is only one man on the winch that means one more is available to heel on the rail so there is less list and you come faster out of the tack.
When sailing shorthanded the advantages are even more obvious. It’s better, more efficient and a lot faster. Just a few turns of the winch handle and the job’s done. For solo and double handed sailing it’s superb.
I had opportunity to return to using a traditional 2 speed winch and frankly it’s really frustrating after you‘ve had the chance to try a Pontos. It feels like taking a step back in time to the days of sailing ships …»