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Old 09-19-2009   #8
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In Florida, I had cover on my little 26 Commodore for 7 or more years and never had any problem with them... actually didn't even know they should probably be serviced regularly.

In the Caribbean, on my 36 after 3 years I had one winch that would stick and not lock immediately a couple of times and had a guy show me how to clean it. Only then did I find out I should service them about every year!

I don't see anyone in the Caribbean with covers, well actually maybe twice as I recall but only one seemed to have a full complement. That may be the reason, they can be so easily lost and just something else you have to store and retrieve between sails. I think if I were someplace where lots of dirt or possibly ice could accumulate I would consider them. Until I see some $$$ value to having them in the Caribbean I'll probably pass.
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