View Poll Results: Do you use tie down straps?
I use straps AND a safety chain
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I JUST use a safety chain and winch
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No straps, No safety chain, just a winch
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8.09%
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Old 06-12-2005, 11:45 AM
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Towed 16' Donzi(s) 18 Donzi(s) 20' Cigarette, 24' Pantera, 27' Magnum, never in 35 plus years of trailering boats has a strap been used. Never a problem, learn how to tow a boat, for God sakes. If it is a 13' or 15' Boston Whaler I have used straps to tie down the transom. Alwats have had a chain at the bow eye to keep the boat form coming forward. This is an issue that is way out of proportion on this site.
OldSchool I think you are confusing good luck with Safe Practices.

Any one know what the law is on this?
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Old 06-12-2005, 01:22 PM
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Use them all! I have a friend that swears he can take off all his straps on the launch, backup fast and lock up the breaks without losing the boat. He has yet to prove it to me.
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Old 06-12-2005, 01:38 PM
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on my first boat, a 18 ft runabout I didn't use them for several years until I had to swerve off of the road to avoid someone else. The boat ended up sideways on the trailer, not real bad but bad enoughI have always used them since.
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Old 06-12-2005, 05:54 PM
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Towed 16' Donzi(s) 18 Donzi(s) 20' Cigarette, 24' Pantera, 27' Magnum, never in 35 plus years of trailering boats has a strap been used. Never a problem, learn how to tow a boat, for God sakes. If it is a 13' or 15' Boston Whaler I have used straps to tie down the transom. Alwats have had a chain at the bow eye to keep the boat form coming forward. This is an issue that is way out of proportion on this site.

and you wanna know the kinds of people who lose boats off their trailers....
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Old 06-12-2005, 07:32 PM
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Bow winch, bow strap, transom straps.
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Old 06-12-2005, 10:17 PM
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and you wanna know the kinds of people who lose boats off their trailers....
Not me But I absolutely agree with the merit of strapping the transom down. Experience and conservative towing behaviors do go along way, but accidents can and do happen, I cannot disagree with taking proper safety precautions.
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Old 06-12-2005, 10:25 PM
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You know, a 10,000 lb boat out of control on a trailer will most likely snap a strap or pull a transom or bow eye clean out. There are 10s of 1000s of pounds of pull on these things, most of the time the s hook or clip bends and releases. They are without a doubt a must and the law in most states and can help, I use them all the way around, What works even better is keeping your distance, being defensive and paying attention. This way you could leave the ball hitch latch off and be OK, until you back down the ramp that is
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What works even better is keeping your distance, being defensive and paying attention.
Amen, Bruddah.
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Old 06-13-2005, 01:39 AM
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who asked you skater cat guy.. you used to be cool when you had a v.. now your weird, and i dont like you...
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Awwww. Now I am really sad. Steczy doesn't like me 'cause his 600hp doggies still can't hang. What WILL I do???
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