Which type?

There are three distinct Pontos winches:

The Trimmer, provides low-down power,  the Grinder offers fast line retrieval, enabling slick sail handling, and the Compact offers both fast line retrieval and low-down winching power,  in a very small footprint.

It would be easy to think of the Pontos range as “Trimmer = Cruising”  “Grinder =Racing” and “Compact= Smaller boats”. This is not always the case; there are many cruising boats where the crew have no difficulties in handling the sails, but they would benefit greatly from the additional speed and safety of the Grinder. Similarly, there are many racing boats where greater efficiency would come from much greater winching power of the Trimmer.

To decide on which Pontos winch is right for you, it is important to first identify the problem on your boat that you wish to solve:  will this be answered by more speed, or more power?

Pontos have produced a comparison chart below which compares the capabilities of the range of  Pontos winches

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