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Old 12-19-2004, 04:21 AM
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Thanks for the story!! I just drove my boat on the freeway without straps. I was so nervous! I will never do it again!
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And people laugh at me when I'm hooking up transom straps and dual safety chains to my 25 footer!! Thanks for the story it will come in handy if and when I do tow. (Hi and Dri for the last 4 years)
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Been looking for some beefy transom tie downs. Where's the best place to look, Boat US etc. are wimpy.
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Been looking for some beefy transom tie downs. Where's the best place to look, Boat US etc. are wimpy.
I make beefy tie downs, check out the 3" winch strap thread.
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Old 12-20-2004, 12:37 AM
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Transom tie-downs are kind of a "top-of-the-ramp" item.
The safety chain ensures that you GET to the top of the ramp. Or at least clear of the water, so you can install your transom tie-downs. . . .
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thanks for the wake up call..............my winch strap snapped recently also, good thing the ramp was not that steep......safety chain going on before the boat hits the water again
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I always use my safety chain and I still replace my winch strap once a year whether I "think" it needs it or not.

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Warparty36 makes a great 3" strap.
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Yep, Saw a 31 AO cat at LOTO pop off the hitch. It only had safety "cables". The cable crimped ends pulled out, the whole rig rolled down the ramp into a dually. Hell of a collision. Very lucky no one was killed.
Also saw a winch fail on a brand new 26' open bow. Slid off the trailer while launching, bounced a couple times, then slid part way into the water. The owner unclipped the strap, gave it a shove into deeper water, and went boating! Never even checked for damage!
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