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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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Re: Winch covers--are they worth it?

My self-trailing winches are 14 years old and show discoloration. After doing maintenance, the plastic appears brittle but is fine. I am considering the purchase of covers to reduce maintenance. It seems a small price to keep water out of the winch and limit the weathering of the plastic parts
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Re: Winch covers--are they worth it?

I have some older winches on my boat that I think are chromed, and they have considerable pitting. I suspect chrome winches are particularly prone to pitting and would be protected by covers.

I think a saltwater environment is harder on winch surfaces than a freshwater environment, such as on freshwater lakes. I'm more inclined to cover winches in the former.

I recently replaced my primaries with some darned expensive stainless steel winches, and I plan to keep them covered in the hope that the covers will keep them nice as long as possible. They might not help, but they're a cheap way to try to protect my investment.
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Re: Winch covers--are they worth it?

I made a pair of covers. No big deal. I made the cover to protect the wood base the winch sits on.

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Re: Winch covers--are they worth it?

Winch covers will never blow off if made with a bungee cord on an inside flap that goes around the winch.

I made a full set but stopped using them a couple of years ago. I don't think that they do anything substantive. I keep our SS winches lubed and polished and they look far better than covered. I WOULD use covers if I had painted aluminum winches.
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Re: Winch covers--are they worth it?

Mostly for looks and before stainless there was good old bronze and the right size o ring sewn to strips on the inside keeps them on n a real blow never lost mine even in 50 knot winds

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Re: Winch covers--are they worth it?

I kind agree with Gilligan above. How lazy are we. The winches should be serviced at least annually if not more. But then newer winches do have plastic parts that would benefit from the shade, and the heat and water certainly degrade the grease. So I guess if you don't mind looking like a sissy that has more money than time for maintenance, go for it. Sew some beer holders into them.

Consider a nice full tent to cover everything. Probably the same price.

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