Originally Posted by lakelandterrier
Thanks for the replies,
I wonder if I should just cut off the corroded spring gate - the hook is always under tension once it's attached.
On anther point, I always leave the boat winched hard againsed the snubber in the trailer. I wondered if I was leaving the boat for any time I should relax the tensionn on the winch strap a tad to reduce wear / strain.
Leave the gate on if you can. Yes release tension when stored, particularly if there is any downward moment to the tension as this may hog the hull. protect expose part of strap from elements by wrapping with an old T shirt.