How to Make a Winch Cover


Winches are important pieces of equipment on sailboats that need to be kept clean and well serviced. To help keep your winches clean, why not cover them when not in use? A canvas cover on your winches can help protect them from rain, dust, UV exposure and other damaging elements. Winch covers are a project that you can easily make yourself and today, we’re going to show you how!

The winch cover design that we will make in the video features an inner shock cord choker, which helps to keep the cover from blowing off the winch. Winch covers are usually made from a Sunbrella Marine Grade Fabric in the same color as your boat’s sail cover, bimini, and other canvas projects. On our Islander 37, for example, we chose Sunbrella Jockey Red to match our cockpit cushions.

In this video you will learn how to measure your winches, pattern the fabric, and sew the covers together.


At Sailrite, we carry complete kits that contain all the materials needed to make your own winch covers. Each kit contains enough fabric to make four 7”x9” covers or eight 5” x 6” covers. You can also find downloadable PDF instructions online. In addition to your kit, here is a list of a few helpful tools for completing your winch cover:

You can find winch cover kits and all the tools needed to make your own winch covers at

Have you made your own winch covers? Do you have any tips for the process? Share your ideas in the comments!

  1. greg said:

    do you have any how-to’s for how to make removable seat protectors for a pontoon boat>
    IE so I can take off only what covers needed to use the boat, and leave the rest covered, vs going through the hastle of covering up with a moring cover. thanks

    • Nikki said:

      Hi Greg,

      We don’t currently have a tutorial like that, but it’s a great idea! I’ll be sure to add it to our project list.

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