They give you extra strength and are a great alternative to a pedestal grinder
Reviewed Jan 2017
Originally I thought I would install a pedestal grinder on my boat (50 ft Hick designed sloop) but I discovered that would be hugely expensive and would involve completely rebuilding the cockpit.
I had a lot of conversations with the (Pontos) guy’s overseas; they really answered all my questions, and I even had the Australian guy’s give me a call after the winches arrived and had been installed just to check I was happy. The service I received was really good.
The Pontos winches do take a bit of getting used to as the winches change gear in response to the load, but it’s just a matter of using them a few times, and then they are great, they give me extra strength. I’ll get to the lowest gear, and it feels like there’s no pressure, but it’s not super slow.
Trimming on the lowest gear feels like your pushing air.
I’d be much more exhausted if I didn’t have the Pontos winches.
They take a bit of getting used to.