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The concept of a stand-alone portable electric winch handle to help grind manual winches is certainly not a new one. Previous iterations, however, have been simple and straightforward, little more than oversized electric drills, while the newly developed Ewincher from France takes the game to a whole new level of sophistication. With its ergonomic winch-handle shape, the Ewincher allows you to combine manual and electric power for maximum flexibility and efficiency. With variable speeds ranging between 15 and 80 rpm, and 59 foot-pounds of torque on tap from its efficient brushless motor, the Ewincher can help with everything from trimming headsails, hoisting mainsails and hauling in furling lines to hoisting crew up the mast. You can grind with electric power alone, in either direction on a two-speed winch, or grind both manually and electrically to maximize hauling speed. The Ewincher weighs less than 5lb, is waterproof and has a removable 24-volt 3,000 mAH battery pack that allows you to quickly swap out batteries and keep on grinding when the going gets tough. You can even connect the Ewincher to your smartphone to create custom settings for different users, and store and manage usage data. Accessories include a carrying pack, a custom-sized winch-handle pocket and extra battery packs. $3,100. Ewincher, ewincher.com

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