Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 16-03-2015, 16:26   #1
Registered User

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Queensland, Australia
Boat: Maxim 38 ft catamaran
Posts: 242
Winch rite

Time to purchase a portable deck hand. Anyone using the winch rite and are they worth the $900. Thanks Geoff
__________________

__________________
Jacana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-03-2015, 17:10   #2
Registered User
 
iancoombe's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: back at langkawi
Boat: valiant 40
Posts: 198
Re: Winch rite

Hi there are a few companies that have 90 drills with plenty of power and there is a winch fitting available, I believe that they are cheaper and better plus can be used for other things
Cheers
__________________

__________________
I've learned so much from my mistakes I'm thinking of making a few more.
iancoombe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-03-2015, 17:33   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Woods Hole MA
Boat: Sabre 426
Posts: 30
Re: Winch rite

On a Beneteau 411 we had a winch rite but we found that it tended to run down its battery relatively quickly and it was also difficult to hold while managing the genoa line. In theory it was a good idea but in practice we were disappointed. In my opinion, it does not effectively substitute for proper power winch installations.
__________________
SciSail
sogin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-03-2015, 17:56   #4
ub1
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: narragansett
Boat: 45' leopard cat
Posts: 105
Re: Winch rite

Been using a millwaukee right angle drill with a m28 lithium battery for 6 years. Original battery was bad design and would trip an internal breaker shutting the drill down. With the newer style battery it works well using a winch bit. The bits are a bit brittle and have broken one so I keep a spare.


Sent from my iPad using Cruisers Sailing Forum
__________________
ub1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-03-2015, 21:06   #5
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Long Beach, CA
Boat: Tayana Vancouver 42
Posts: 1,854
Winch rite

I'm happy with my WinchRite. And the company is very responsive if you have a problem.


S/V B'Shert
__________________
Tayana42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-03-2015, 21:22   #6
Moderator
 
JPA Cate's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: aboard, cruising in Australia
Boat: Sayer 46' Solent rig sloop
Posts: 10,705
Re: Winch rite

Another vote for the Milwaukee right angle drill, 28 V. Cheaper, more powerful, better battery cycle, multi purpose.

What's not to like? Well, it doesn't look yacht-like...

Jim (on Ann's computer)
__________________
Ann, with Jim, aboard US s/v Insatiable II, in Oz, very long term cruisers
JPA Cate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-03-2015, 21:52   #7
Registered User
 
TacomaSailor's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Burnt Store Marina, SW Florida
Boat: Caliber 40
Posts: 1,148
Re: Winch rite

A friend uses a Milwaukee right angle drill, 28 V on his charter boats. He does about 10 trips a week between the two boats. He raises the main everyday with the drill. He uses the same drill on both his 33' catamarans and he can hoist the main about six-times without a recharge. But, he does try to recharge the battery every night and he carries a 2nd battery that is always charged.

He has been using the same drill for three years which works out to about 1,500 operations and has never had a single problem.

He has borrowed a Winch Rite from the dealer and has used it about 10-times on the same boats. It also works very well but he sees no advantage to paying three times as much money as he spent on the drill.
__________________
TacomaSailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-03-2015, 22:12   #8
Moderator
 
JPA Cate's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: aboard, cruising in Australia
Boat: Sayer 46' Solent rig sloop
Posts: 10,705
Re: Winch rite

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jacana View Post
Time to purchase a portable deck hand. Anyone using the winch rite and are they worth the $900. Thanks Geoff
Jacana, you might try a Google Custom Search (on the CF Search menu); somebody had some kind of winching tool catch fire and reported it, but I'm not sure the name of it.

Ann
__________________
Ann, with Jim, aboard US s/v Insatiable II, in Oz, very long term cruisers
JPA Cate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-03-2015, 04:12   #9
Registered User

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Queensland, Australia
Boat: Maxim 38 ft catamaran
Posts: 242
Re: Winch rite

Thanks for the info,I will look at going down the drill and attachment path.(pssst Jim/Ann are you in Spring Bay in Tassie?)
__________________
Jacana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-03-2015, 04:18   #10
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Caribbean
Boat: Oyster 66
Posts: 973
Re: Winch rite

I needed something like this with high torque mainly to electrify my davit operation. I ended up buying a regular pistol grip drill from Makita with a winch bit. I got the brushless lithium 18v model (the high torque version). It has the same torque as a Milwaukee, which I also considered, but the Makita is a better shape for drill use and so has more utility. It has enough power to hoist my very heavy genoa all the way to the top and for the davit use is perfect. Cost about $300.

The torque, battery life, speed and controlability of this new drill is a massive improvement over my old drills (I had 6 others 3 on and 3 off the boat until I gave some away recently). It does a better job than even the big corded ones. The unit is not waterproof, but that doesn't worry me for my use. Highly recommended.
__________________
poiu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-03-2015, 05:16   #11
Registered User
 
bgallinger's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Jupiter, FL
Boat: Hunter 340
Posts: 350
Images: 10
Send a message via AIM to bgallinger
Re: Winch rite

I love the Winchrite. Wouldn't sail without it. Not sure about that price of $900 though. I thought about $600
__________________
bgallinger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-03-2015, 05:28   #12
Registered User
 
Mirage Gecko's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Boat: Seawind 1200 TEC 3
Posts: 430
Re: Winch rite

Quote:
Originally Posted by poiu View Post
I needed something like this with high torque mainly to electrify my davit operation. I ended up buying a regular pistol grip drill from Makita with a winch bit. I got the brushless lithium 18v model (the high torque version). It has the same torque as a Milwaukee, which I also considered, but the Makita is a better shape for drill use and so has more utility. It has enough power to hoist my very heavy genoa all the way to the top and for the davit use is perfect. Cost about $300.

The torque, battery life, speed and controlability of this new drill is a massive improvement over my old drills (I had 6 others 3 on and 3 off the boat until I gave some away recently). It does a better job than even the big corded ones. The unit is not waterproof, but that doesn't worry me for my use. Highly recommended.
I have been considering this option myself can you give me a model on the
Makita please.
Is this the Milwaukee M18 FUEL?
Chris
__________________
Mirage Gecko is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-03-2015, 07:12   #13
Moderator
 
a64pilot's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Albany Ga.
Boat: Island Packet 38
Posts: 17,056
Re: Winch rite

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ann T. Cate View Post
Jacana, you might try a Google Custom Search (on the CF Search menu); somebody had some kind of winching tool catch fire and reported it, but I'm not sure the name of it.

Ann
I'd say the possibility exists for ANY LIPO battery to catch fire, especially if it has been rough handled.
I have the Milwaukee and love it, but I won't leave the battery charging un-attended, luckily it seems to go from dead to charged in 30 min or so, not sure of the time, but it's very quick.
__________________
a64pilot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-03-2015, 07:14   #14
Moderator
 
a64pilot's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Albany Ga.
Boat: Island Packet 38
Posts: 17,056
Re: Winch rite

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mirage Gecko View Post
I have been considering this option myself can you give me a model on the
Makita please.
Is this the Milwaukee M18 FUEL?
Chris
No, this one

M28™ Cordless Lithium-Ion Right Angle Drill Kit | Milwaukee Tool
__________________
a64pilot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-03-2015, 12:11   #15
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Caribbean
Boat: Oyster 66
Posts: 973
Re: Winch rite

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mirage Gecko View Post
I have been considering this option myself can you give me a model on the
Makita please.
Is this the Milwaukee M18 FUEL?
Chris
It is the DHP481RMJ. I deliberately didn't put it in my post as they change and tweak the spec and codes all the time and the reference will be out of date in a nanosecond.
__________________

__________________
poiu is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
winch

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rig Rite Contact info? sugar and spice Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 16 11-02-2014 01:35
Rig Rite - avoid at all costs bonamanzi Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 1 10-09-2013 21:57
Stupid handle for Flow-rite diverter valve denmanislander Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 0 31-08-2013 11:15
Show us your Sail Rite Dodgers!!! witzgall Construction, Maintenance & Refit 3 30-10-2008 07:25
What's with Rig-Rite??? delmarrey General Sailing Forum 1 17-09-2005 15:38



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:54.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.