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Grinder Winch for Faster Tacking or Hoisting or Furling

Tacking will never be the same. The Grinder patented four-speed winch allows you to let off the old sheet during a tack and sheet in the new sheet quicker than two could perform the operation with a standard two-speed winch.

The Grinder is that revolutionary, it changes how you tack : preload the new winch and crank. It’s that simple and quick. 


Automatic 4 speed winch to sheet-in 'hands-free'

The first revolution of the winch brings in over two feet of line, an astonishing feat. Reverse the direction for more power.

Repeat twice, gaining more power each time.

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Grinder Winch Features

• Mechanical advantage of additional gears allows you to sheet in 6-times faster than a two-speed winch.

• Safety-no struggling with a whipping slack sheet.

• Four speeds engaged with easy-to-understand reversing of the winch handle.

• Automatic load detection on winch drum.

• A lot of speed in a little package: the Grinder 40 weighs just over 10 pounds, to get a similar performance you have to buy a 3-speed winches from the competitors weighing at least 20 pounds and often much heavier, with a much wider base.

• All winches are self-tailing.

• Available in 3 sizes (40, 46, 52).

• Black hard anodized aluminum.

• Sized to retrofit most standard winches.

• Corrosion-proof components.

• Easy to maintain.

• 5-year warranty.


The Grinder in action : remarkably simple ergonomics


Already adopted by the best skippers

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Loïck Peyron

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Pontos has reinvented winch technology, working on new ideas in areas that we thought were definitive, but never quite are. Pontos has come up with a real innovation. We have the same philosophy when working for the America’s Cup. I believe Pontos has genuinely gone one step further, bringing simplicity and ease of use, corresponding exactly to the size and specificity of my multihull.

Sébastien Rogues

Winner of the Class40 - 2013

The first thing we look for in a winch is reliability, Pontos has achieved that. Then comes performance, in other words, how much can a winch contribute to the boat's performance. Clearly, based on our recent racing experiences, we can confirm that Pontos' four speed winches make a big difference. A definite plus. All the guys who have sailed with me are unanimous about Pontos. They're great!


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