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Technical Marine Supplies presents an exciting new addition to their product range

by Matt Churchward, TMS 9 Nov 2018 16:18 GMT
The Karver Winch Series – KSW Speed Winch, KPW Power Winch & KCW Compact Winch © Karver

The new Karver winches are equipped with a double gear mechanism, a classic first stage identical to current winch designs and a second consisting of an epicyclic gear train. This patented technology is used for the first time on a winch and has the effect of multiplying efforts. Thus and according to its original set up, Karver winches are either six times faster than any other winch in the current market (Speed Range), or three times more powerful (Power Range).

The origins of this major innovation in sheet winches were the Pontos Company. It sought a way to drastically reduce the physical effort to operate a winch on a sailboat and make the practice of sailing accessible to the greatest number of people. Pontos was bought by Karver in 2018 and the combined knowledge and technical know-how from both companies and their 15 years of boating experience, means these winches have evolved into the greatest winch innovation in over 40 years!

Except for the KCW Compact model (two speeds), all other winches in the range are equipped with four automatic speeds. As soon as the effort is too much, simply operate the handle in the opposite direction. Speeds pass instinctively from one to the other without activating any extra mechanism. Once the tension on the rope is released, the winch will return to the initial speed. It's very fast, efficient and simple to use.

These winches are designed to last, using the latest materials: Aluminium hard anodized drum, 17-4PH stainless steel gearboxes and clutch, triple polyoxymethylene needle bearing cage, plus full five year warranty.

KSW Speed Winch

The extra speeds of the KSW provide the ability to trim much faster than standard winches. In first gear, a single handle turn pulls six times the length of rope of a two-speed winch. The gear change is simple. When the load on the handle becomes too much, simply reverse the direction to change gears automatically.

The simplicity and speed of the manoeuvres will certainly make you save seconds for the overall leader board. To hoist a main sail with a 20m halyard requires 142 turns of the crank with a traditional winch against 29 turns with a KSW Speed Winch!


KPW Power Winch

What delights KPW users is the multiplication ratio that converts minimal effort on the handle into maximum effort on the line. The manoeuvres become accessible to the whole family.

This winch is really dedicated to cruisers but racers will also have noted that at similar sizes our winches are 20% stronger than the others. This allows you to come down in winch size if needed.

On a 38-foot boat, with a 40msq genoa, in 25 knots of wind, a standard winch will require 13 kg to trim the sail. The effort required with a KARVER Power will be only 4.7 kg!


KCW Compact Winch

Total concentrated innovation in a two-speed self-tailing winch. By transposing the technology of its four-speed winches, Karver invented the most powerful small winch.

The Compact has the size of a Winch 20 but the power of a Winch 45. In first gear, you enjoy a tailing speed twice the speed of a conventional winch, and in second gear, you benefit from the power of a winch 45. The unique combination of a small size and a workload of 850 kg makes the Compact an extremely versatile winch.

The Compact winch can replace any winch up to and including size 40 and accepts 8 to 11mm ropes, providing increased comfort and improved performance.

The new improved Karver winches will be available early in 2019, and pre-orders can be made to reserve stock from the initial production batches.


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