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Re: Winch covers?

Although we've never used winch covers as such we do use these to keep rainwater from collecting in handle socket.



Poor image I'm afraid but its the only one I could find.
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Re: Winch covers?

The "Winch Hats" in the photo look like a great idea. Does anyone know where I can find some as i have done a search online without success. Seems like the only way for water to get into winches (unless you put the deck underwater) is for rain to work its way in from the top and this would stop it.
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The "Winch Hats" in the photo look like a great idea. Does anyone know where I can find some as i have done a search online without success. Seems like the only way for water to get into winches (unless you put the deck underwater) is for rain to work its way in from the top and this would stop it.

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We bought ours from Whitworths in Australia. I have no idea if you can buy them in America.

They are branded Whitworth but I find it hard to believe that Oz is the only market for them.
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Re: Winch covers?

Thanks!. I found them using "Whitworth winch hats" as the search criteria and they are $27Aus a pair. Not had any luck finding them in the US but will keep looking. How do they handle strong wind??
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Re: Winch covers?

For anyone else reading, wind and/or water has never been a problem. They've also handled UV without a problem as well.
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Re: Winch covers?

The self tailers on my primaries clearly show UV bleaching. I don't expect it to cause a problem, but suspect a cover would have prevented it. I also tear down the winches about every other year to clean and re-grease (btw, pawls are oiled, never greased). There is always way more dust and crud in there than I expect. Not sure if a cover would help that.

I'm not inclined to add them, as I leave the jib sheets attached to hold the furler in place.
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Re: Winch covers?

One of the things I like about the winch hats is that they cover the top of the winch so hopefully preventing much of that bleaching problem you mention Minnie. Otoh, because they only cover the top you can still leave lines in place.

I pulled down and serviced our primaries a few weeks back after three years use. (Yes I meant to do it a year earlier but but but). While they need a bit of grease and oil they were surprisingly clean inside.

Huzzah for the winch hats ? Maybe though out side curtains do cover the winches when we are not on board. Even so I'm sure they didn't hurt.
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Re: Winch covers?

Funnily enough I was at the boat the other weekend and thought to myself "I wonder if anyone makes a sort of hard rubber hat to keep the water out of the winch". Turns out they do, even though it doesn't seem to be available in this part of the world. I might see if my assorted brothers down under can send me a pair.
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Re: Winch covers?

It is more than passing strange that they are not available in the Evil Empire. Usually the other way round.

Whitworths do have a mail order online shopping thing. Maybe you could order direct.

If I can help in any way please let me know.
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Re: Winch covers?

Yes you can order direct. if you go to whitworths.com.au, search winch hats (they are a bit hidden but will appear on page two) you can order for delivery world wide.

They are made in Oz.

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