Hi all, In a private comm, I was asked for more information: so I thought I would share it.
I bought mine at Cockles Harbor Marina at the end of Long Island Sound (Shelter Island), USA, but a few places had them. The following is an early days (6 weeks cruising) field report. My take is that many who look at the cost etc. to electrify winches will be adopting eWinchers.
It was $2,000 US.
It is a bit bulky and a bit awkward to wield around the cockpit. No big deal, but not the same as a regular winch handle.
Any item that needs re-charging is a bit of a pain and entails attentiveness to not be caught with a dead battery.
Made in France, so repairs may be an issue (this may change as they are more widely sold in the US and CA. That said, my research indicates that they are pretty robust.
Using it is not without effort, but the effort is bracing oneself to hold the handle in place as it turns the winch: again no big deal once acclimated.
Turns all winches into electric winches.
Especially nice for winches where a full swing is hard or impossible to accomplish as you hold the eWincher in one position.
Has a blue tooth connection to your phone which sets up easily and allows for setting torque upper limits and other parameters as well as feedback on stats on your usage of the handle.
It is built just like a regular winch handle, but a bulked-up winch handle. This allows the handle to be used like a regular winch handle (using no electric power), or just with power, or both for a very fast taking in of line.
So far it charges fast and holds its charge for a reasonable period (one purchase option is for an extra battery).
It has variable push button speed: High speed is faster than I can do by hand.
Electric winches have significant safety issues to crew and to the boat. I believe these to be much less of an issue with the eWincher.
Seems well waterproofed. Ours has been in the rain repeatedly.
My best, Dick Stevenson, s/v Alchemy