New Ronstan Orbit Winches™

Ronstan Orbit

Introducing the first range of Ronstan winches: Orbit Winches™ combine fresh design and manufacturing expertise in a new range of lightweight aluminium winches.

The experience in manufacturing Andersen Stainless Steel Winches ® defines the company standards for mechanical efficiency and attention for the user experience.

Orbit Winches™ enter the market with several attributes: easy to service, they require no tools for disassembly and maintenance. Thanks to fully machined aluminium drums and efficient gearing, they weigh little and offer a low line entry heights.


These advantages are complemented by the drum’s smooth surface finish Power Ribs™; features borrowed from Andersen winches to provide the same line grip and control with minimal rope wear. Orbit Winches™ sizes 30QT and larger are equipped with the patented QuickTrim™ self-tailer.

This system allows sailors to easily and safely ease line tension to make minor sail trim adjustments without removing the winch handle or taking the line out of the self-tailer. A small anti-clockwise rotation of the self-tailing cover allows the self-tailer to turn beneath it like a sheave as the rope is eased, with confident grip and control assured by the drum’s smooth surface and Power Ribs™.

Letting the top cover spring back into place locks the self-tailer again to resume normal use. Racing sailors can react and respond instantly to minor course corrections or changes in wind pressure and direction, providing an advantage when frequent sail trim adjustments are required.

SpecialRig is the Italian distributor of Ronstan Orbit Winches™, which are available now in sizes 20ST, 30QT, and 40QT.