I think winch covers were born back in the days when winches were made of stuff other that stainless steel (Tufnol, et al) and needed protecting from the sun.
Maybe the non-stainless parts of a self-tailer could be protected but my winches are nearly 20 years old, been in the sun all that time and are still good.
The mission of covering, uncovering, stowing covers, fixing covers, making new covers every 2nd season, doesn't have any appeal for me.
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