The Seldén winches are manually operated and of self-tailing type with two gears forward. You start winching clock wise on the fast gear, shift down to low gear by rotating the winch handle anti clock wise. So far, exactly as we are all used to.
The ingenious feature with the new Seldén winches is that you can let the line out by reversing the winch drum. The purpose made winch handle has a button which is pushed down with your thumb to prepare the winch for reverse drive. The winch handle is rotated clock wise and the line is eased out. The line remains in the self tailing jaws all the time which means it's a one hand operation to trim the sheet, the halyard or the spinnaker guy. The triangular handle of the winch handle provides an ergonomic grip.