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10-07-2013 12:38 PM
Re: Winch covers?

Halloween is coming. You've given me an idea. The largest winch cover might fit by big head. ;-)
10-07-2013 12:04 PM
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They look cool
10-07-2013 12:00 PM
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Plus if you're stuck for a costume party or Carnival parade idea, they make a decent fez ;-)
10-07-2013 10:57 AM
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As a newbie I'm using them. ?? I'm assuming they will help the winches look new longer. My boat was new when purchased but nearly a year old since built. I had already noticed some corrosion etching on the drums of my Harkens. I'm using Blue Performance Covers (Defender) which were slightly less expensive or about the same as having them made with Sunbrella. The fit is fairly snug and on my primaries you just need to make sure you align the seam with the Genoa Sheets to get good fit. They have these plastic retainers inside that snap on to the top of the drum. You have to give a pretty good tug to get them off.
10-05-2013 10:52 PM
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Yes you can order direct. if you go to, 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.

full address ..
10-05-2013 10:46 PM
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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.
10-05-2013 10:22 PM
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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.
10-05-2013 07:15 PM
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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.
10-05-2013 08:27 AM
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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.
10-04-2013 11:03 PM
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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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