Pontos winches are high quality premium products, which are set to transform the replacement winch market in the UK and across Europe.
Until now this market has been relatively limited. Winches are generally robust and long lasting and, unless replaced with electric winches, like-for-like replacement results in only modest gains in winching performance. As a result, most sailors only choose to replace winches when they have to – when winches become worn, damaged or stolen. If winching becomes too difficult, some owners will change their boat for something more manageable.
Pontos winches bring a step-change to winch design, which is clearly reflected in the users’ experience. Rather than being a like-for-like replacement, Pontos winches are a genuine upgrade, bringing a whole new level of performance and ease of use. A yacht owner who replaces a conventional 2 speed winch with an equivalent sized Grinder or Trimmer will immediately see major benefits from their purchase. We therefore anticipate major and growing markets for Pontos winches in the UK, in both the racing and cruising communities
Racing: It is rare that any new design in deck hardware offers such a significant performance advantage as the Pontos Grinder. The Grinder winches simplify and streamline manoeuvres, transforming tacking and deliver real advantages in sail handling on competitive racing boats, whether short-handed or fully-crewed. We feel that increasing numbers of serious race boats will move over to Pontos winches in the next two years.
Cruising: The Trimmer and Compact winches will be popular upgrades on many cruising boats, especially amongst sailors who find the physical demands of sailing increasingly difficult, but have no wish to give up their boat. A pair of Trimmers is a much cheaper and simpler alternative to electric winches, and can enable many more members of a family to directly participate in the sailing of the boat.
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