After hundreds of hours of engineering over the past two years, Rondal has introduced the new Electric Captive Winch (ECW). The product is based on, and retains the benefits of, the well-established Hydraulic Captive Winch, while ironing out the hindrances associated with a hydraulic mechanism.
The ECW uses the same proven gearbox design as the hydraulic version, and apart from small variations, the design principle, functionality and compact format are very much equivalent to that of the hydraulic winch. However, the winch, which features an internalised electric motor, and a rope feeder mounted on a belt drive, can furl up to 100m of line in a minute.
An electric feeder (E-feeder) has been in development alongside the ECW at Rondal to complete an entire E-system for the more cutting-edge designs. The first orders for the ECW have been received – the custom foiling Baltic 142 project will feature a full set of seven ECWs and four E-feeders as part of its overall package. There will be seven of these winches aboard the yacht, upon delivery, weighing around 100kg each.
The initial development phase led to a prototype based on a RW8000 winch frame and drum and was built to exacting specifications at Rondal’s in-house facilities. The product successfully met every challenge set by the product’s designers, so it has now been released onto the market.
Rondal is determined to continue trimming the weight on the product wherever possible, so it is replacing the aluminium parts with carbon. The winch will now feature a carbon baseplate, carbon support brackets and in all probability, a carbon drum.
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