"I won’t go back to my conventional winch handle…"
A winch handle is one of those things that you tend to take for granted until dropped overboard or it gets stuck in the winch mid tack. I have yet to do the former (knock on teak) but the latter became the norm with my “MegaMarine” brand conventional locking winch handle.
As a family cruiser I find the need for smooth, reliable and stress free tacks and sail adjustments to be as critical as any racer. A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Dax One Touch winch handle and absolutely loved it, it vastly exceeded my expectations (it’s just a winch handle right?!) and it stood out as a dramatic improvement over my conventional locking winch handles.
There are three reasons why the Dax One Touch stands above the others: ease of use, reliability and superior sail trimming.
- Ease of use. With the Dax One Touch winch handle, I was able to quickly put the One Touch into my winch with one hand and remove it with one hand. As a righty, I placed the One Touch in the winch with my left hand, the cranked with my right. Then grabbing the handle anywhere on the throat/grab bar with my left hand again, I quickly and without any sort of hassle at all was able to remove the Dax One Touch from the winch. Compared to some of the two handed mid-tack wrestling matches with my conventional winch handles, this was a breeze. Operating the One Touch was so easy that my 13 year old had no trouble at all in using the Dax One Touch as described above. If you have ever found yourself focusing on your winch handle rather than your sailing, you will appreciate this point.
- Reliability. I don’t know exactly how the Dax One Touch locking mechanism works, but I can assure you that it does, and every time. With my conventional winch handles, some times the locking square at the tip of the handle would be lined up and sometimes not. I always found this uncertainty to be stressful. With the Dax One Touch, I’m confident that it will work reliably every time I need it.
- Superior sail trimming. The Dax One Touch with the large orange knob lets you get a good purchase on the handle with two hands when cranking in your jib. This design helped me get my jib trimmed into position more quickly than with my conventional winch handles
I also happen to really like the way the Dax One Touch looks and feels. The One Touch is light weight, the bearings are ultra smooth and on a subjective level, I like the orange handle. I think it looks good and helps me easily find it pre-tack.
You can find out the details of the technology behind the Dax One Touch on the One Touch website, there is a lot on the technical side of things that sets this apart from the conventional products
Having tested and reviewed the Dax One Touch, I won’t go back to my conventional winch handle. The One Touch let me focus on my sailing, not my winch handle. Do yourself and your family or crew a favor and try a Dax One Touch, it will be one of those purchases that you won’t fully appreciate until you try it and once you do, you won’t want to switch back.