Originally Posted by Moody46CC
I have a gizmo called a cinch winch. It's a Milwaukee right angle drill with 18V batteries. I used to use it on my previous boat. It works like a champ, but it took two batteries to winch someone up the mast--55 feet. I bought an extra off E-bay from Milwaukee and keep both charged up. One charge will bring someone to the second spreader; the second the rest fo the way with power left. I used it once or twice for the genny, and it worked fine. It is a god tool.
boat came with power winches, so I keep the cinch winch as a back up or let friends at the marina borrow it when hoisting someone up the mast
I imagine a 24V model or one with lithium batteries could raise a person with just one battery
I'm 230lbs and the WinchRite will pull me up my 65ft mast twice on a single
charge, it wasn't dead after the second pull up, but my work up there was done so we didn't try it again.
But it's really not fair to compare in a way because the WinchRite was designed for the RPM
and torque of working a winch, where the drill was designed to....well....drill holes. So the gearing, torque and battery just isn't optimized for the Winch conditions, but it is a lower cost option for sure.