eWincher Electric Winch Handle Review—Part 1, Our Testing

Last fall I checked out the eWincher electric winch handle at the Annapolis Sailboat Show and wrote an article with my initial thoughts—since deleted and replaced with this one.

This summer Chrysadev, makers of the eWincher, were kind enough to send us a unit and two batteries for evaluation.

And, as it happens, events conspired to make this an even better test than it might have been in that I managed to screw up my neck while removing a recalcitrant hose from a defective pump. While the injury is getting better slowly—everything gets better slowly at this age—it has meant that lots of high load winching is out.

OK, with all that pissing and moaning out of the way, let's take an in-depth look at eWincher. And when I write "in-depth" I kid you not, this will go two parts.

I know, seems like a lot of blather about a winch handle, but bear with me, this is a revolutionary product. And it's also an expensive product, so I owe you a detailed look to help you decide if eWincher is for you—an impulse purchase, this is not.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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