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Old 19 June 2004, 05:38   #31
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Ratchet straps are OK unless you have a slow tube leak like our "mature" "classic" delta. One solution I saw which looked very neat was a reasonable sized bottle screw fron the bow D ring to a similar D ring on the winch post. Did think there wasnt any give in this arrangement though. Have also seen larger trailer-able (just) RIBs with twin bow D rings.
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Old 19 June 2004, 06:08   #32
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I never bother with a ratchet at the front, just at the back. Surely the winch will hold it in place (sure it could fail, but then I've had ratchets fail too)

I towed my RIB without any ratchets (just winch cable) once about 20 miles along a bumby road, and the boat stayed glued to the trailer.
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Old 19 June 2004, 06:10   #33
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Ratchet strap through the two U bolts to the trailer. One strap at the bow holding the bow back and down so it doesn't want to jump up over the bow roller, this strap is also a failsafe in case the boat wants to go back as it is routed through a steel loop in the trailer and will only leave the bow slide back 2-3 inches. Winch strap and security rope at the front holding the bow forward also. Can never be too sure on Irish roads. Towed the RIB home from London to Pembroke and never heard a thing. 30 seconds on Irish roads and you could hear the trailer jumping!!

Never had any troubles towing like this, and my towing routes can sometimes resemble off road dirt tracks/ building sites!! In my opinion putting straps over tubes is a definite no-no!! The three strongest points on most RIBs are the 2 transom U bolts and the bow eye, so why not use them.
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Old 19 June 2004, 07:33   #34
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I never bother with a ratchet at the front, just at the back. Surely the winch will hold it in place (sure it could fail, but then I've had ratchets fail too)
Tim, your winch ought to have a backup attachment - rope, chain or ratchet strap.

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I towed my RIB without any ratchets (just winch cable) once about 20 miles along a bumby road, and the boat stayed glued to the trailer.
Not clever. The consequences of something going wrong could be quite serious.

A few years ago my Dad was top bean counter for a transport company. One of their lorries transporting agricultural equipment had a ratchet strap fail. The arm of the equipment swung out over the opposite carriageway and decapitated a motorcyclist.

The directors of the company decided to pay the insurance claim immediately, directly to the bereaved family. My dad got the job of taking the cheque round to the bereaved relatives.
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Old 19 June 2004, 08:04   #35
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I towed my RIB without any ratchets (just winch cable) once about 20 miles along a bumby road, and the boat stayed glued to the trailer.
What glue would that be then?
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Old 19 June 2004, 15:47   #36
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Re Glue It's certaly not eruldite

I think capt mainnering has a good method he has a big chain which is permanently attached to his trailer. when the boat goes on he pdlocks the chain to the d ring.. bot is secure from both theft and winch failure
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if you go over a bump its still the same pressure point if the boats fixed or not the loading would be the same on each roller

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Not quite true. Having the boat firmly tied to the trailer means the cushioning effect of the suspension/tyres will decelerate the boat vertically less severely than the boat hitting the rollers AFTER they have slowed down but the boat hasn't. Remember how you were taught to catch a cricket ball by 'pulling' your hands away? Same effect. To get technical there's less 'g-force'. (Same reason why you should make sure your seatbelt has no slack - just for interest!!).

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I prefer straps around the tubes. But most of the time the craft is on water and not on the trailer.
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Old 22 June 2004, 03:02   #39
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I prefer straps around the tubes. But most of the time the craft is on water and not on the trailer.
Why would you do that to your nice new rib, can you think of one good reason why you use this method?
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Becuse it feels very secure and I anly have the RIB on a trailer once or twice a year - only moving it for some few kilometers everytime. It does not seem to "unlike" the strapping.
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