Winch covers--are they worth it?
Obviously, your winches are one the most important, and expensive pieces of equipment on your boat. Is it worth it to get covers for them? I can see it both ways:
Pro: they sit outside in the elements, all the time. Shouldn't they be protected?
Con: they're designed to be outside. Freshwater rain on them might not be that bad--rinse away the salt and dirt. Additionally, metal usually does better in the elements when exposed to fresh air. Closing it up under a cover could restrict airflow, and promote corrosion.
What do you think?
Catalina 350 "Golden Handcuffs" sailing out of Galveston Bay, TX