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Old 09-05-2013, 10:43   #1
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Davis vinyl turnbuckle covers

I am thinking of buying Davis vinyl turnbuckle covers. They are inexpensive and seem like they would do the trick, but I am concerned about the fact that stainless steel needs air to avoid corrosion. Does anyone have any experience with them?

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Duct tape is fine. You just want to prevent something snagging.
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Old 09-05-2013, 14:54   #3
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Re: Davis vinyl turnbuckle covers

Doesn't that starve the stainless for air and thereby promote corrosion? A little messy too after a while, isn't it?
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I am thinking of buying Davis vinyl turnbuckle covers. They are inexpensive and seem like they would do the trick, but I am concerned about the fact that stainless steel needs air to avoid corrosion. Does anyone have any experience with them?

Thanks.

I don't really see the point of them, but my boat came with them, and I left them on. Then when a boat sailing too close suddenly had its autopilot go ape$#!t, that boat suddenly turned 90 degrees to port. Its claw anchor caught my starboard split backstay -- but ROLLED OFF because of the stay cover. I've left that one on, torn up, and left the others as well. They're like my lucky talismen. I guess the mast would have come down otherwise.

I wasn't at the helm at the time. From where I was sitting it looked to me like that anchor was going to hit my friend at the helm in the chest, but she could see it was going to miss her. The woman has nerves of steel.
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Old 09-05-2013, 17:16   #5
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Re: Davis vinyl turnbuckle covers

We used to use pvc water pipe cut to the right length for turnbuckle covers. Allowed air circulation, kept lines off cotter pins. Cheap, worked fine.
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I don't cover the whole turnbuckle, just the rings.
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We used to use pvc water pipe cut to the right length for turnbuckle covers. Allowed air circulation, kept lines off cotter pins. Cheap, worked fine.
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Re: Davis vinyl turnbuckle covers

I use monel seizing wire to secure the turnbuckles. Neat, easy to do and cut away if required. A blob of silicone on the chainplate clevis pins finishes the job off.

Put the money saved from buying fancy covers towards beer.
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Thank you all for your replies. I appreciate your taking the time to chime in.
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