Originally Posted by Mark Halliday
Not suggesting, I know it to be a fact.
We get that a lot down here with only the front winch (also no lights, just boat on trailer), frightening to see in some cases, more so when it's on a rusty old trailer with wheels that wobble around
When towing, I use the 2 straps supplied with the boat from Humber over the tubes, one just ahead of the a-frame, and one just ahead of the console, the winch strap on the bow, and chain and a shackle on the bow.
I won't put a strap through the eyes at the back of the boat to the trailer 'cos that to me is trying to pull the boat forward which is not what I want if I am involved in a head on collision. As it is, the overhead straps hold the boat down very nicely, and would probably also stop the boat from flying forward if the chain/winch setup failed.
Looking at the chain thing, I snap the break away cable onto the van itself, and not the towball, so if the towball came away with the trailer, at least the trailer breaks would stand a chance of kicking in on the slipway.