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Why We Have an eWincher on a Small Boat

Some years ago I wrote a three-part review of the eWincher electric winch handle sharing how buying the unit was a game changer on our McCurdy and Rhodes 56, to the point that it was a better solution to sailing a big boat with high loads than electric winches, not to speak of one heck of a lot less expensive and way safer.

Three years ago we sold the big boat and bought a J/109…and immediately bought another eWincher (second generation), even though the loads on the new boat are easily managed without it.

Why? One big reason and several small ones.

Let’s start with the primary reason: