View Poll Results: Do you use tie down straps?
I use straps AND a safety chain
225
72.82%
I JUST use a safety chain and winch
40
12.94%
No straps, No safety chain, just a winch
25
8.09%
Allan4 is a putz
19
6.15%
Voters: 309. You may not vote on this poll

Like Tree0Likes

Who uses Tie down straps

Reply
Old 06-13-2005, 01:55 AM
  #81
Registered
 
stecz20's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: San Francisco CA
My Boats: I am Jersey's B!tch
Posts: 7,772
Default Re: Who uses Tie down straps

you used to be cool...
stecz20 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2005, 02:59 AM
  #82
Charter Member #394
Charter Member
Trade Score: (1)
 
SFOcean's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: San Jose, California
My Boats: 88 22' Avanti; 03 32' Activator
Posts: 449
Default Re: Who uses Tie down straps

The straps hold the trailer up to the boat (it's lighter than the boat); sorta like strapping down a load onto an 18 wheeler's trailer, keeping the load/trailer one unit.

Don't forget to loosen the straps while is is parked, strap tension adds that much more weight to the bunk area, potentially damaging the hull's shape.
SFOcean is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2005, 10:11 AM
  #83
Registered
 
Budman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Kentucky - where the women are so fast we have to put a governor on 'em!!
My Boats: Hot rods, Hot boats, Beer & more Beer
Posts: 471
Default Re: Who uses Tie down straps

"The straps hold the trailer up to the boat (it's lighter than the boat); sorta like strapping down a load onto an 18 wheeler's trailer, keeping the load/trailer one unit."

I found out how that works the hard way back in 2000. I was almost to Lake Cumberland, just outside of Jamestown on the way to the dam, and a lady in a Toyota Tercel pulled out in front of me and proceeded to attempt a sudden left turn into a driveway for a yard sale. I would have creamed her if I had tried to stop, so my reaction was to yank the wheel hard to the right and put it over a 4 foot deep ditch. That was the only place I could steer without hitting something. The guy in back of me said truck, trailer and boat had about three feet of daylight under them. The landing was pretty rough, broke motor mounts on the truck, bent the frame, ripped the receiver from the frame in the back, bent the winch tower, broke all four bunks on the trailer - but it STAYED on the trailer instead of landing on top of us in the truck! Only damage to the boat was a trim tab getting ripped off, a few small chips in the keel, and the transom assy got knocked loose - which neccessitated pulling the engine and drive, which gave me the excuse to upgrade said engine and drive...

All I can say is, I am GLAD that I used transom straps and a big turnbuckle through the bow hook. Could have saved my life!
Budman is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2005, 10:27 PM
  #84
Registered
 
itilldo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Hopkinsville, Ky
My Boats: It'll Do - 2004 , 29'--Fountain
Posts: 2,544
Default Re: Who uses Tie down straps

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wally
I once let a buddy who i thought new what he was doing hook up the trailer while i paid the repair bill for some work done......and took off thinking eveything was cool.......went over a set of train track and saw the font of the boat go and easy 2' higher then the back of my truck!!! for the life of me i dont know how it landed back on the ball of the hitch! But i pulled over and wouldnt ya know it...the reciever lock down was open!!! No one to blame but myself for being to trust worthy of someone else!!! Thank goodness it didnt turn out worse

And before that happened i used to never use straps thinking the boat was heavy enough to stay on the trailer......all it took was one time over some rough roads at 65mph and to look back and see daylight under the boat as it was coming up off the trailer to make a believer out of me!!! never again will i go without strapping the back down!!!
Hey if you could do it again but call a photographer out in a helicopter to capture it.
itilldo is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2005, 02:39 AM
  #85
Registered
 
rouxsterre's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
Posts: 1,747
Default Re: Who uses Tie down straps

Re: boat ramps
I am re-posting this from another thread:
Hopefully it will keep someone from ruining their WHOLE day. . .
.................................................. ......................... .......................
Don't Forget Your Safety Chain . . .
OR your transom tie-downs . . .

OK - they were stacked up at the Ramp like airliners over O'Hare in a snowstorm.
There was a diesel spill in Huntington Harbour.
I need to quick fetch my boat to top it up with street gas. . . seeing the traffic at the Ramp, I want to execute the perfect "dip and go" retrieval. I get the trailer in quick, and the boat on the trailer. PERFECT. As I'm headin up the Ramp, the tongue pops off the ball and the trailer rolls ( STEEP RAMP ) back down toward the water. The trailer safety chains catch, but the bunks are slippery from the diesel spill and the boat slips backwards on the bunks.
The winch-strap then - SNAPPED - at the hook.

The only thing saved me from the resounding crunch of fiberglass on concrete was the safety chain from the bow eye to the trailer. I did not have transom tie-downs. The chain was still vibrating like a banjo-string when I got to it.

LESSON: Don't let the traffic at the Ramp influence your safety check. Take EVERY precaution before starting up the ramp. Because I was in a hurry, I almost waited to connect the safety chain until I was clear of the ramp. Figuring the strap was enough.

IT WASN"T . . .

* UPON EDIT * . . . I will continue to post this experience on EVERY "Tie-Down", "Safety Chain" thread, as long as I draw breath as a human . . . you DON'T want the alternative to good, safe, launch / retrieve procedures . . .

Last edited by rouxsterre; 12-09-2005 at 02:45 AM.
rouxsterre is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2005, 04:27 AM
  #86
Platinum Member
Platinum Member
 
CAP071's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: USA
Posts: 16,430
Default Re: Who uses Tie down straps

I don't use any.










My boat is in a slip I don't trailer anymore
CAP071 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2005, 05:30 PM
  #87
Registered
 
itilldo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Hopkinsville, Ky
My Boats: It'll Do - 2004 , 29'--Fountain
Posts: 2,544
Default Re: Who uses Tie down straps

Quote:
Originally Posted by Strip Poker 388
Thats why mine a has a cable for a winch strap .My buddy wants me to change it out to a strap because the cable doesent roll up neetly

I had this 10k ratchet strap made for the front I hope its strong enough?
Strip388
Who needs all of those straps when you got "good luck bunny" on the wench.
itilldo is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2005, 06:41 PM
  #88
Rob
VIP Member
Trade Score: (6)
 
Strip Poker 388's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Madison,Mississippi
My Boats: Hustler 388
Posts: 21,567
Default Re: Who uses Tie down straps

Yea one of the joints here had a playmate given them away.I figured it would get some girls atention


Rob
__________________
.

The Only Time You Have To Much Ammo Is When Your Swimming Or On Fire.
Strip Poker 388 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2005, 12:18 PM
  #89
Registered
 
rainorshine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Elkhart, IL
My Boats: 2004 Sunsation Dominator
Posts: 222
Default Re: Who uses Tie down straps

The question of whether or not tie downs are used wouldn't have to ba asked if all you guys drove on Illinois roads!
rainorshine is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2005, 09:13 AM
  #90
Registered
 
sleeper_dave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 725
Default Re: Who uses Tie down straps

I use the winch strap and the safety chain, usually. When i bought the boat, i had to trailer it across the state (MI). I asked the seller about the lack of straps on the transom, and his reply was "i've towed it all over the state and it's never had straps on the back".

So of course i stopped at the hardware store and bought some straps. Guess what? No place to attach them. There are two eyes on the transom, but when i hook the other end to the trailer it interferes with the trim tabs. When i have to tow long distances, i put them on, but they start to fray right away from rubbing on the edge of the tabs, and i'm sure it's not good for the tabs (water was getting in). I have some dinky straps not nearly strong enough, but real straps would probalby take the tabs clean off. I need to figure out how to fix that over the winter, somehow. I've had it on some pretty rough roads and been okay so far, though. Usually when i tow it's only 40 mph for 2-3 miles to the ramp.

On lighter boats i've always strapped down the transom, you have to or it'll fly away.

I'll reiterate that you should always attach the safety chain before pulling the boat out of the water. I've broken my winch strap just pulling the boat tight to the trailer. I need to get a cable to replace the strap, the strap just isn't going to cut it.

Last edited by sleeper_dave; 12-13-2005 at 09:16 AM.
sleeper_dave is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Jassman
General Boating Discussion
17
10-24-2007 07:03 PM
harsin
General Boating Discussion
5
09-02-2007 09:24 PM
CN24
General Boating Discussion
3
03-17-2006 08:56 PM
lukiepal
General Q & A
6
12-03-2004 08:39 PM



Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:15 AM.


Copyright 2011 OffShoreOnly. All rights reserved.