Originally Posted by ISLANDRIBBER
Earlier today towed a young fella in to shore who had lost his new 6hp outboard when the engine bracket broke off the back of his boat. Need to give some form of secondary restraint some thought. First idea is a wire hawser with a couple of snap shackles but what do other people out there use?
You want your rope / wire short enough that if you undo the thumb screws you can't lift it off the transom. I've seen quite a few with a strap that will stop it plunging to the bottom of the sea but won't stop it coming off the transom and digesting a load of water.
Rope will work fine (a shackle or caribener saves you having to tie knot every time at just the right length to stop it being able to come off). Wire (or chain) has the benefit that it can be combined with a padlock to stop it going awol at lunch/pub/cafe stops - obviously won't prevent a determined thief.