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For complete metallic winches, covers may not be important, but for winches that have polymer stripper rings, the covers will reduce the UV exposure and subsequent UV aging. For my Barient 27-48's the upper stripper ring is a polymer for now, but I have a plan to make a metallic one. Parts are few and expensive should you find them.
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Not just frippery, IMHO, and not really about protection from the rain. It's UV that I'm thinking about when I cover my Lewmars and their plastic parts. UV-weakened stuff works great right up until it snaps, like the handle on my old line clutch and one of my original mainsheet blocks.
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Why would you cover your winches, when you could always just build a proper boathouse to keep your boat docked in?

Lifelines, spreader boots, running rigging, glazing in the hatches, the gelcoat on the deck and topsides...All these things need protection just as much if not more than the winches do.

I suspect you'll need a lot more Sunbrella if you're going to leave your boat parked outside of the boathouse!
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We had them on the last boat and now on our current. IMO they keep the winches cleaner and help keep the sun from baking the grease inside of them. And yes they do look nice with all the other canvas. BTW mine have elastic inside of them so they wont blow off.
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