PONTOS 4-SPEED WINCHES WILL KEEP OLDER SAILORS ACTIVE LONGER AND HELP RACING SAILORS AROUND THE COURSE FASTER
Winner of the 2014 SAIL Magazine Pittman Award for Innovation, Pontos four-speed winches offer faster racing and easier cruising. Having four speeds available gives you the choice of lightening quick trim for the racer or effortless trim for the cruiser. These innovative winches automatically shift gears based on load—and winch handle direction. Pontos winches have won enthusiastic reception in the sailing community as evidenced by the strong testimonials of the early adopters.
The winches come in two 4-speed styles for either more speed (Grinder) or more power (Trimmer). The Grinder style moves line six times faster than two speed winches. They are perfect for tacking and jibing faster. They move a spinnaker sheet so fast you’ll convert to outside jibes for your asymmetrical spinnaker. Outside jibes reduce the chance of hour-glassing your chute or wrapping it around the headstay in a jibe. The key difference is that these winches have FOUR speeds vs. just two or three. For most two or three speed winches, the first gear is 1-to-1; but the Pontos first gear is 2.3-to-1. That’s the reason the person grinding can move so much sheet so quickly.
The Sydney 43 Christopher Dragon replaced their cabin top winches with Pontos Grinders to help jibe their 210-square-meter asymmetrical spinnaker. After ripping a spinnaker during a botched inside jibe in the windy Around the Island Racing during this year’s Block Island Race Week, the boat switched to Pontos winches so that they could do outside jibes.
The Trimmer with three times the power of a two-speed winch takes the pain and strain from big head sails and stronger winds. This benefits both the racer and the sailor, easier to come out of tack and easier to adjust for changes in wind speed and wind angle.
The Compact is available for boats around 30 ft. As a smaller two speed winch, its gear ratios are faster in low gear and more powerful in high gear, justifying it’s value as a replacement.