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Old 20-03-2013, 12:12   #1
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Winch Covers?

So I just installed new, rather expensive, Harken self-tailors. Is there any point in using winch covers? I've heard various theories, such as using covers to prevent the oil inside the winch from heating, etc, and of course I suppose over time it might keep the winch looking newer, but is it worth an extra few bucks and the trouble putting them on and off?

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That black plastic top that grabs the line does suffer from UV and looks less than new after 10 years or so, other than that nothing will harm them
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I put new Harken self-tailers on my boat 4 years ago and have been using covers since. They still look, and act, new.
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Re: Winch Covers?

Mamma made covers from Sunbrella that match the rest of the canvas. Works great.
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That black plastic top that grabs the line does suffer from UV and looks less than new after 10 years or so, other than that nothing will harm them
Exactly.

So I cover my Harken's but not the Lewmars (which are all stainless).
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Re: Winch Covers?

Hi, guys,

We've been cruising continuously since March of '89 (24 yrs.) and have never covered the winches. During that time, we have not had the plastic jaws fail from UV exposure, maybe because where they grip the lines the jaws are shaded. We did, at one time, use "winchers" a plastic add-on to non-self-tailing winches to make them self-tailing, never covered them, either. We've never seen sun damage on winches of ours. FWIW

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So I just installed new, rather expensive, Harken self-tailors. Is there any point in using winch covers? I've heard various theories, such as using covers to prevent the oil inside the winch from heating, etc, and of course I suppose over time it might keep the winch looking newer, but is it worth an extra few bucks and the trouble putting them on and off?

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Yes, you should cover your winches to keep them looking new.
You can make them from Sumbrella or just purchase them for as low as $20 usd each.

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Re: Winch Covers?

I find winch covers very handy when I sail naked, (I grant you wearing a winch cover is not "naked" per se)--but let me tell you that the chafing of rosey-pink, tender skin is no laughing matter, and don't even get me started on the hazards of facial wrinkles-- I also strongly recommend a wide brimmed hat.
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