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Winch covers?

I have had mine off for several months now. Just don't seem to find time to fix the velcro. What are these things supposed to do anyway? The winches look great, not even any seagull poop on them. Are they just there for looks?

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I suppose it stops them from getting sun burned. Never could get my brain around that one.

If someone designed a mast cover someone would probably buy it.

My boat also came with handrail covers. My friends make fun of me because if I put them on I forget to take them off before I go sailing.

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I suppose it stops them from getting sun burned. Never could get my brain around that one.
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Not so fast. Winch covers prevent rain intrusion (or at least decrease it) which results in less corrosion.
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Not so fast. Winch covers prevent rain intrusion (or at least decrease it) which results in less corrosion.
Respectfully... Never seen a waterproof winch cover so stopping the water from getting in might be moot. They might slow the water evaporation down keeping them from drying out ...Then again, I'm no expert.

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Respectfully... Never seen a waterproof winch cover so stopping the water from getting in might be moot. They might slow the water evaporation down keeping them from drying out ...Then again, I'm no expert.
They don't have to be waterproof, just shed enough water so it does not get drenched inside on a regular basis. Sunbrella does this (ever sit under a sunbrella awning in the rain?)
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the plastics do degrade with sun exposure. Maybe not so much up north, but definatly down in the tropics. They start off smooth and black and eventually get chaulky with what looks like crystals in the surface

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My family's boats have always had them and so have my boats. But lately I've questioned it too. There really isn't much of anything to corrode - the winch is chrome plated bronze and covered in grease. Only the springs and pawls are steel, and they're slathered in grease too.

My car stands a better chance of corroding and it doesn't have a cover.
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Hello,

My previous boat had Lewmar self tailers. The tailers had a plastic part to prevent the line from going under the self tailing part. The sun degraded that part and it broke. I think a cover would have prevented that. The part was like $5 so it was no big deal to replace.

My current boat has old Barients that are all metal. It came with winch covers that I used for the first year. Now the covers just sit in a lazarette.

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Not so fast. Winch covers prevent rain intrusion (or at least decrease it) which results in less corrosion.
Rainwater would disperse the salt water/residue - maybe that's a good thing.

Winch covers could retain salty moisture under them unless the winches are thoroughly dried out before putting the covers on - maybe that's not such a good thing.

I've never had winch covers and I've also never had a problem with winches - maybe that's just a coincidence.


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Re: Winch covers?

winch covers are for being blown off by winds over 15 kts so someone else can have em.


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