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January 18, 2005

Rigs and Tips: Pad Your Winch

Each time you pull a cable out from a winch - such as the one on your boat trailer - you're tempting fate. A frayed cable can really cut you deep. Here's how I eliminated that problem on my winch cable....

Each time you pull a cable out from a winch - such as the one on your boat trailer - you're tempting fate. A frayed cable can really cut you deep. Here's how I eliminated that problem on my winch cable.

Purchase a piece of pipe insulation at a home-improvement store or buy Hypalon through a rod-building catalog or Web site. Cut a 6-inch section of the soft, spongy material. Pipe insulation is split from the factory, so you can easily slide it over your cable in front of the hook. Secure each end of the insulation with plastic cable ties. Now, each time you pull out the cable, you have a handle to grab. Another advantage to this simple device: Anyone can easily judge where to stop the winch.

Greg Ostrom
Salem, Oregon