Grinding winches can be fun—to a point. Now, for those times when you don’t feel like building arm strength there’s the WinchRite, from Sailology LLC, a fully portable electric winch handle that makes everything from raising the main to furling in the genoa a snap.
Designed specifically for sailing, the WinchRite provides up to 100 newton meters of torque and rotation speeds from 50 to 120 rpm in both directions.
The system is powered by an internal 18V lithium 2.8 AH battery and comes with its own charger and storage/tote bag. It includes an integrated stainless steel winch cog to ensure reliable performance and a durable composite housing with a rubber inlay to help prevent it from sliding across a heeled deck.
Last month at the Miami International Boat Show the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) selected the WinchRite as its annual Innovation Award winner in the Consumer Personal Gear category. According to NMMA's Darrell Nicholson, “This affordable device makes every winch a power winch and will extend boaters’ sailing careers.”