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Thread: "Winch Covers"

12,268 posts on 2,444 threads   •   From Mar 07, 2004 - Jan 08, 2012


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Winch Covers

Frank and Melanie Scalfano

I have a question that I have wondered about for a long time, even if it is not of great importance and has not kept me up at night. Is there any real reason to have a cover on your winches? It seems to me that unless they were totally waterproof they would not be of any use at all, and in fact would promote corrosion by keeping the winch wet. Are they the nautical equivalent of a toaster cozy?

Bud Taplin

I believe it is more important to keep water out of the winch, as it carries salt, dust, and dirt into the inside workings of the winch. A cover will prevent most water from reaching the winch.

Bud Taplin

I will have to retract some of what I said in my last post, after talking with a very knowledgable person regarding winch covers.

They will trap moisture, and since so many winches are aluminum, then the moisture can cause more corrosion than being left out in the open. The other factor is that in hot climates under a winch cover, the grease in the winch can soften and run out (that is if you have ever bothered to grease your winches).

I guess you make your choice, and take your chance, but you should regularly take the winch apart and clean and lightly lube it.

Frank and Melanie Scalfano

What about bronze winches? I sail in fresh water, and it gets pretty hot in Alabama.

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