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    1. Bruce Sutherland

      Bruce Sutherland

      Brilliant  thanks - but sounds a bit of a mess for them.

      Have you got an email for Daryl please - the link is just to the Pontos site?

      We will see what they have got but bit of a tricky dilema - do you fit an expensive winch that you may not be able to get spares for.....

  9. Hello Bruce,


    I apologise for not answering your email by return and the news is not good.


    Pontos as financed by friends and family plus a high level of bank debt needed to finance the development and industrialization of our winches. Unfortunately, because the sailing industry is too “niche” and because of our high level of debt  we have been unable to attract an institutional investor to help us support the very high cost of holding inventory.


    We have been working since February on a merger with another French company and the deal was supposed to complete last week. However, we were totally unaware that the other company was in the process of being sold to a 3rd party via an LBO. To cut matters short although the new owner wants to buy Pontos the banker who is financing the LBO debt has refused to take on board the Pontos debt and so the merger deal has ended. We are obliged to declare ourselves bankrupt.


    The good news is that our winches have a solid reputation in the market place. For example in the recent Transat Jacques Vabre boats fully equipped with Pontos winches took 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 10th place. Quite an accomplishement in not even 4 years on the market.


    We know that the French company I mentioned above will make an offer for our assets (now there is no debt), and I fully expect other players to make a bid. I am not sure of the timing, but remain optimistic that production will recommence by next spring.


    Given the situation I understand that you may wish wait and see the outcome. If you wish to proceed I can see what inventory is available in the retail network to help you out. What size Trimmers were you interested in ?





    Darryl Spurling


    7 rue du Mottais

    35400 Saint Malo,










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    Customer e-mail address: sailingrp@gmail.com

    Customer message: Hello Darryl,

    It has been awhile. I found this question on Sailing Anarchy which I found disturbing. Please read below.

    Warmest Regards,


    Bruce Sutherland
    Bruce Sutherland
    93 posts
    Location:United Kingdom
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    Posted yesterday at 01:00 AM
    Can anyone shed any light please as there is normally someone who knows out there?

    We are thinking about 2 pontos trimmer winches but have been told by the UK dealer that Pontos has been bought and that there are none.......

    So does anyone know what is going on and when there will be some? 

    Many thanks 

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