Yachting World - - Gear Tested -

So, would Rachael be per­suaded to buy the pow­ered han­dles for the Ru­bi­con 3 ex­pe­di­tion yachts? “I wouldn’t”, she said, “but only be­cause we have so many crew on board and it’s one more thing to charge. They are also pretty bulky. But I have changed my view over­all and would rec­om­mend them for longdis­tance, short-handed sail­ing.

“They’re amaz­ingly pow­er­ful, very func­tional and could def­i­nitely get you out of a scrape”.

Per­haps most tellingly of all though, she gen­tly sug­gested we could leave one of them on board for her forth­com­ing ex­pe­di­tion to Cuba.

The Ewincher is more so­phis­ti­cated than the Winchrite, which is big, ba­sic but pow­er­ful.

Both seem to charge quickly (1-2 hours), but are un­de­ni­ably bulky and not the eas­i­est things to store in the cock­pit ready for quick use.

Of the two, the Ewincher is def­i­nitely the more con­ve­nient. It is no sur­prise to hear it has won the Pittman In­no­va­tion Award for 2018.

It is just that all that so­phis­ti­ca­tion comes at a whop­ping great price. At £1,900, it is nearly three times the price of the Winchrite and may well be too ex­pen­sive for many sailors.

Be­cause of that we couldn’t re­ally choose be­tween the two. Ei­ther one, how­ever, would be a great ad­di­tion to short-handed cruis­ers.

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