I did some more research
, and it looks like they are gaining a lot of traction in performance racing classes
. Even the two speed ones with different gearing than traditional winches look pretty interesting. But then I have always wished some winch manufacturer made drop in gearing rings so you could change the traditional ratios.
These were initially announced as prototypes about two years ago when the company pulled them back for two more years of testing and designing. Which is pretty impressive given the reviews
they got in 2013.
I really would like to see some and see how well they work. My dad still sails
a good bit solo at 72, but can't go out as much because he can't grind the winches. The 'grinder' version may add a good number of sailing days for him.