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Old 15 May 2018, 13:53   #11
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Towed to Spain with the cover on as do my Ribquest friends. Withe the cover on you can put luggage in the boat. However if towing to Wales my preference would be the console cover. Long distance does take its toll on the straps.

I think in the end it is down to personal preference and the quality of your cover
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Old 15 May 2018, 19:16   #12
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Some covers are designed to be able to high speed tow but most are not and will soon flap and damage. I tow my 550 pro up the coast each year on a 3000km each way trip without covers, this winter I may tow a little further to Darwin which is a 4 day drive 4700km ( each way ). My boat gets filled with light weight gear such as camping equipment and the heavy stuff goes in the back of my 4x4.
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Whichever way you do it make sure you are strapping the hull to the trailer directly not using straps over the top of the tubes/cover.
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I have never understood strapping over tubes? I cant see the logic?

The straps will rub on the tubes.
The tubes will go soft in colder climates, making them loose, and then rub more.
The tubes are soft, so under impact they will give, so the load isn't secure.
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I have never understood strapping over tubes? I cant see the logic?

The straps will rub on the tubes.
The tubes will go soft in colder climates, making them loose, and then rub more.
The tubes are soft, so under impact they will give, so the load isn't secure.
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I don't use a cover to tow and never put straps over tubes. Personally I'd be more worried about brakes and bearings. i would carry suitable tools and replacement bearings and a spare hub with bearing fitted. Happy towing!
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Sorry - my reference to straps over the tubes was in jest as PD was the reply before me and I know how much he likes that way of tying RIB's down.

For info I use the a couple of ratchet straps from the lifting points, through the freeing ports at the back and down to the trailer.
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Sorry - my reference to straps over the tubes was in jest as PD was the reply before me and I know how much he likes that way of tying RIB's down.



For info I use the a couple of ratchet straps from the lifting points, through the freeing ports at the back and down to the trailer.


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Thanks all for the reply's.


The boat isn't a rib (sorry!) and the cover is tailor made for it, but I think the movement on it over the 800 miles will wreck it, to I will just go with the console and seat covers strapped down.


Now another question, Engine up in full locked out position, or midway with a chock and straps to stop bounce? its a 150hp 4 stroke for ref.



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