OneTouch Makes Winch Work a Cinch
Fast and easy two words rarely used to describe sailing or sailing gear. But Lewmar’s new OneTouch locking winch handle makes sheet tweaking just that.
The OneTouch’s unique quick-release button, which runs the length of the handle arm, allows users to grab anywhere on the arm to release or set the locking mechanism. This time-saver also saves users the frustration of fumbling with a standard bi-square locking handle or non-locking handles that have a knack for finding their way overboard. Gone are the days when racers will need to lop off the standard winch handle’s twist-lock.
The design uses a quick-release mechanism similar to those used in Formula 1 steering wheels. Two pins retract into the bi-square when the handle arm is squeezed, and they extend when the button is released.
Testers used the single-grip OneTouch during a recent delivery aboard a Frers 71 from Florida to the Caribbean. We found it to be a true time- (and headache-) saver. Removing or placing the handle is easily done with one hand and in one, smooth motion. Like most Lewmar handles, the OneTouch is aluminum. The handle arm and grips are ergonomically shaped, and the lock was secure.
We’re putting the OneTouch to the test this race season. We’ll let you know how well it holds up.
The OneTouch comes in a 10-inch single grip, double grip, or power grip. It will fit any winch, and is available at www.defender.com for about $85.