Please select your home edition
Edition
Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW LEADERBOARD

Karver's Double Whammy at the DAME Awards

by Prinal Shah 19 Feb 01:00 PST
Karver's Double Whammy at the DAME Awards © Nauticexpo

The Dame Awards are the leisure marine industry’s equivalent to the Oscars, awarded every year at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS), held in Amsterdam each November. They are awarded to recognise products that demonstrate excellence in design and innovation.

For the 2019 awards, French sailing hardware manufacturer Karver Systems entered two products into the 'Deck equipment, sails and rigging' category and came away with a remarkable double category win.

Their KCW Compact 45 winch AND their KWH Carbon winch handle impressed the judges so much that they gave them joint Gold medal position over the other 18 products in the category.

Karver KCW Compact 45 Winch

When you put the KCW Compact 45 winch next to equivalent sized winches in the market it doesn’t take long to work out that Karver has a unique and innovative product.

Karver KCW Compact 45Andersen 40Harken Performa 40
Weight (kg)360049033000
Base Dia. (mm)130152157
Height (mm)143172175
Drum Dia. (mm)847580
Power Ratio 16.058.913.5
Power Ratio 2454039.9

The two-speed KCW 45 is a lightweight, compact unit with a very small footprint. However, it is its gear ratios that make it really stand out from the crowd. In its size range, it has the fastest first gear and then the most powerful second gear, making it a perfect halyard winch for any boat up to approx. 40ft.

The step change between the two gears is pronounced which doesn't necessarily make it a good racing sheet winch. You can see from the Harken Performa gear ratios that they assume the crew can contribute plenty of their own power and speed to bring in the bulk of the sheet by hand before requiring the first speed, with medium power. Then there is a gentle transition to the full power for the final few inches. The cruising-orientated Andersen winch, on the other hand, provides more speed in gear one, assuming the crew will use the winch to bring in the bulk of the flogging sheet. It is then a significant step change to the maximum power which means it will take some time to bring in the last few feet of sheet to achieve full trim.

The KCW Compact Winch is therefore a real cruising winch but in a performance racing package. For any boat under 40ft which either races short-handed or with older crew members, it will beat any of the competition out there for a perfect cruising sheet winch. At the same time its compact size, lightweight and power make it the ideal coachroof halyard winch on any performance race boat.

Karver KWH Carbon Winch Handle

The KWH carbon winch handle on the other hand is an out and out racing product. Karver are a racing hardware manufacturer at heart. Working closely with the French offshore racing teams, every gram matters and weight reduction is at the heart of their design philosophy. Made of carbon fibre, the KWH is the lightest locking winch handle on the market. It also has a simple, lightweight locking mechanism that can be used either left or right handed, high performance stainless and ceramic bearings, and the ability to order custom handles with your boat name added to a veneer laid over the carbon. However, its weight alone was enough to put it in the joint pole position, with the KCW, in the 2019 Dame awards.

This double category winner award is a fantastic achievement for a company that has always stayed true to its mission to stay focused on technical performance, using new, highly designed, ultra-resistant textile materials. Congratulations Karver Systems!

If you have any questions about your winches and would like to know more, please Contact upffront.com using the contact form or if you have a specific winch enquiry, complete the enquiry form here.

Related Articles

Morf Block merges into Morfrac Systems
Upffront.com speaks to the inventor, Nicolas Goldenberg At upffront.com we're big fans of the Morf Block. The lightweight, 3D-printed block started as a DIY kit and has expanded into two ranges: high performance and high load. Posted on 8 Jul
The Low-Down on High-Load Dinghy Blocks
Allen, Harken, Ronstan and Morf compared At upffront.com we love looking at the data and comparing products to gain insight. In this blog we look at the rapidly evolving world of high-load dinghy blocks and compare leading products on the market from Allen Brothers, Harken, Ronstan and Morf. Posted on 26 Jun
Spinlock's XTX available at upffront.com
The latest innovation in rope holding Widely known as experts in rope holding, Spinlock is the go-to solution for many sailors when it comes to clutches and jammers. We've been looking forward to the launch of their new product, the XTX Clutch, ever since we got our first look at METS 2019. Posted on 19 Jun
Ubi Maior X3M Flight Blocks
The compact high flyer reviewed by upffront.com Where does the Ubi Maior X3M Flight range sit relative to other blocks? Posted on 12 Jun
Allen Brothers overview from upffront.com
Dedicated to manufacturing excellence We are pleased to introduce the Allen Brothers 20mm and 30mm Dynamic Block ranges on the website and decided to take the opportunity to have an in-depth look at this fascinating UK manufacturer of performance dinghy hardware. Posted on 5 Jun
nke - Finding Their True Course
Upffront.com look at these high quality, precision navigation instruments nke is a specialist marine electronics manufacturer which has built a reputation, over 35 years, for high quality, precision navigation instruments for sailing yachts. Profiling companies like this is part of Upffront.com's raison d'être. Posted on 28 May
Ewincher - An alternative to electric winches?
A power-assisted winch handle requires no installation Electrification of winches can be a great benefit; reducing the strength and manpower needed on your boat and allowing many to sail short-handed or continue sailing longer in life. Is the Ewincher a viable, cost-effective alternative? Posted on 11 May
Extend your reach with Ronstan
The Battlestick is the self-professed 'next generation of sailing weaponry' Ronstan is an Australian born company who has developed hardware for both small and big boats since 1953. In this article we will look at their extensive range of tiller extensions which have become a brand in their own right: the Ronstan Battlestick. Posted on 30 Apr
Bamar's got your back... stay!
Looking to upgrade from a block and tackle system to a backstay tensioner? Looking to upgrade from a block and tackle system to a backstay tensioner? This blog will look at the Bamar BTV and BTM mechanical backstay tensioners and compare them with alternatives on the market. Posted on 23 Apr
PROtect Tapes SPK: Wooling spinnakers
An environmentally friendly and innovative system for solving an old problem PROtect Tapes provide solutions for the owners, boat captains and race teams who recognise that protecting the boat and reducing maintenance plays an important role in enhancing performance. Posted on 15 Apr
Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW FOOTER