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Old 01 February 2014, 15:56   #11
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I think 'Nelly' is showing
Mine go from the transom eyes, and round the corner so to speak, under the hull to a tie down point forward of the transom. so the straps are always hard up against the hull proper to transom corner. Inspected the hull and no obvious rub marks in this area. Besides, they would be easy peezy to polish out
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Old 01 February 2014, 16:54   #12
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Thanks guys going with recommendation and order tomorrow ... Follow up question! I know best practice is to use transom eyes to secure to trailer but I've always been nervous about straps rubbing gel coat so on my hard boat always strapped across the top and used an old wet suit leg to prevent chafing that way I could see in mirrors if they became loose. Obviously this is not best practice and totally unsuitable for a RIB .... Do you cushion the straps with old carpet or something similar or am I just 'nervous Nelly' worrying about damage to gel coat??
One carpet tile under each strap as it passes under the transom.
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Old 02 February 2014, 11:59   #13
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If the trailer attachment points are positioned correctly and a flat hook is used, you really shouldn't have to worry about the gel coat at all. Usually you can set the ratchet part to rest below the hull. I have had to remove one side and turn it around before so the hooks face opposite. If the ratchet part must be next to the hull I would find a way to permanently attach a small section of the carpet tile to the ratchet part so it is never misplaced or accidentally lost on the highway.
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I use Union Industries in Leeds. They will make up anything you want, any length & any combination of ratchet/hook/clip. The prices are very reasonable & they also do a 5 ton ratchet in stainless
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Old 02 February 2014, 13:17   #15
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If the trailer attachment points are positioned correctly and a flat hook is used, you really shouldn't have to worry about the gel coat at all. Usually you can set the ratchet part to rest below the hull. I have had to remove one side and turn it around before so the hooks face opposite. If the ratchet part must be next to the hull I would find a way to permanently attach a small section of the carpet tile to the ratchet part so it is never misplaced or accidentally lost on the highway.
With an endless strap you have no such worries, loop it back on itself and position the ratchet handle so as to not contact the hull.
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This is where the good stuff is :
Buy Stainless Lifting Slings and Ratchets at www.rapidmarine.co.uk
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