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Old 30 April 2014, 16:09   #1
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Some of you will know but thought I would post anyway
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Old 30 April 2014, 16:43   #2
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Old 01 May 2014, 16:28   #3
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On rope hooks, am I been daft, but the only ones I have seen are the metal hooks with a strop?!?
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On rope hooks, am I been daft, but the only ones I have seen are the metal hooks with a strop?!?
Don't be daft. The rope hooks are on the trailer, not the webbing.
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Have heard loads of stories recently about VOSA stopping people and making issues about things like this - even in some cases things that their own internal memos tell them is incorrect. They seem to be on some sort of misguided crusade.

My advise - the anchor points on the trailer were designed for securing a load to the trailer, Provided the boat is within the load rating of the trailer then the anchor points are by definition suitable for securing it.
Then invite them to issue a ticket (which you then take to court) or shut the f&&k up and go after proper criminals.
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They didn't seem bothered when they stopped us on the way out of Caernarfon on Easter Weekend.
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What did they actually check when they stopped you? Or was it simply a walk around with a clipboard
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I never use the rope hooks and attach the ratchet straps round the back bar as in pics....
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Personally it's way to much money to be falling off the trailer .

So I do it my way. Wrap around trailer and secure with shackles as shown,

I also change them at the slightest nick or wear. Why take the risk for a few 's


Know the rear one is not worn its overspray dust off my bolts I coated the other day , pissed me off as there brand new lol
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What did they actually check when they stopped you? Or was it simply a walk around with a clipboard
Very pertinent point Neil. I was pulled in by the Rozzers directly behind Clam and watched as some VOSA waller with a clipboard and hi-viz walked around his rig and tapped each trailer wheel/hub with a toffee hammer.

As she was doing this, Rozzer commenced chatting to me through the open window: 'Sorry to pull you over sir but some of the Pwhelli boys have disconnected their brakes so we're just checking all boat trailers. I can see just from looking at yours that you're ok and will be on your way in a minute, or two.'

Girl with toffee hammer never even got to me before rozzer dispatched me on my way as soon as Clam pulled away.
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