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Old 02-27-2008, 12:27 PM
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I use a 3'' strap from one side of my trialer over the rear hatch to the other. It'r a ratcheting strap and gets it nice and snug.

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I thought about this before but was worried about scuff marks from the strap. You haven't had a problem with that?
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Old 02-27-2008, 01:35 PM
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I have not had a problem so far. Longest I tow is about 65 miles, usually much shorter. You could probably use rubber/foam pads under points of contact. I do snug it down pretty tight.
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try lowering the tabs so that they are not in the way....just remember to raise the tabs before you launch the boat......works for me.
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WOW that really sucksssss..What hit you??What gave on the drive that alowed it to twist like that?That is my worst fear is some one running into the rear of the boat while Im towing around town.

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Believe it or not, it was a Chevy Cavalier at 50mph. The 82 year old woman told the police that she never saw us and the guy following her said she never hit the brakes. That's scary!

Anyhow the drive had a broken gimbal ring, a broken helmet (helmut? I have seen it spelled both ways) and a broken skeg. Other than that and the trailer, we had no other damage. With the force of the impact, I just knew that whoever hit us was dead, but she had no injuries. The bad part of the whole thing is that the boat and trailer were only 2 months old. All I can say is thank goodness for the drive guard and that I will have one on every trailer from here on out. It probably saved her life and it certainly saved us a lot of damage.
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Anyhow the drive had a broken gimbal ring, a broken helmet (helmut? I have seen it spelled both ways) and a broken skeg. ...
Will, do you think a VI drive would have held up better? Let's ask GLH.
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Holy $hit Will!!! Thats Crazy $hit there
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Hey Will, Does my avatar look familiar?
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Will, do you think a VI drive would have held up better? Let's ask GLH.
Brian, What happened with GL? Did this happen recently?
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I have a similar situation tying down my boat
with the K-tabs in the way , sort of. I just let the strap going on the side of the tab .
Never had a problem with it .The strap could also be put in the gap between the transom plate and tab .



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