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Old 22 January 2011, 02:48   #1
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Strapping your RIB down

I have on recently bought a rib and was wondering what is the best way to secure it to the trailer? Currently I put a large ratchet strap over the tubes. I do have concerns that this make over pressurise the tubes. My Ribcraft 585 is on a rollercoaster trailer Ive tried to use the rear towing point on the transom without much joy as there isnt really anywhere to secure it on the trailer. I you could let me know what you do with your RIB it would put my mind at rest.

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Old 22 January 2011, 02:53   #2
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I use the bow eye and the two towing rings on the stern. I attach the ratchet strap on one ring then loop it around the trailer and back onto the other.

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Old 22 January 2011, 03:46   #3
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the method chewy describes is the "preferred method" - see Nos' guide for beginners in my signature - with the title something "begin using it"
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Old 22 January 2011, 04:24   #4
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My SBS trailer has two big rings at the stern on either side, standard fit, so a ratchet strap from one of those, up through the transom towing eyes and back down to the other one, and at the bow end, the winch rope (I threw away the stupid polyester strap that comes with the winch as it started to fray after about 10 uses and I fitted 6mm Dyneema winch line which is much better and at 3200kg breaking strain is also a lot stronger).

There is then a second 10mm nylon rope with a carabiner which clips onto the bow eye then the rope takes 3-4 turns up and down from the eye to the the main trailer frame (not the winch post) and is then tied off to the frame.

The hand winch ratchets are crap and should not be relied upon, but I wouldn't strap over the tubes if I could avoid it. A second rope to the main trailer frame takes minutes to fit and unless the bow eye comes out is unlikely to let the boat start planing on concrete
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Old 22 January 2011, 04:59   #5
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My preferred method is as per Bog Monster and has never let me down over the years.
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Old 22 January 2011, 12:20   #6
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Nothing wrong with ratchet straps if you get good quality ones

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Old 22 January 2011, 16:01   #7
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Our boat is on a roller coaster trailer.
We have two eyes on the transom.

We use two ratchet straps. One on each side, through the transom eye, down the transom and then round the rear swing beam back up to the eye. The hook on the swing beam isn't really suitable for a strap coming from aft.

At the bow, for short journeys we rely on the winch. The strap passes through a yoke with two rollers so should prevent the boat coming forwards. For longer journeys we use an additional ratchet strap at the bow.

Have had some stainless ratchet straps for over 7 years now and still in good order. About £30 each.
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Old 23 January 2011, 02:15   #8
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Originally Posted by jambo View Post
My preferred method is as per Bog Monster and has never let me down over the years.

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Old 23 January 2011, 03:13   #9
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good advice so far

You'll notice nobody has recomended strapping across your toobs, that's no good.

I run straps from the eyes on the transom down the transom to points about a third of the way towards the front of the trailer. and vice versa at the Bow. thiss ensures the boat cannot slide to and fro at all and holds the boat down.

at the bow for piece of mind I have a substantial chain attached to the winch post which shackles onto the Bow eye

Bog Monsters strapping points are Fab they should be mandatory on trailers evey 150 cm
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Old 23 January 2011, 03:28   #10
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Don't forget to prevent the boat moving forward on the trailer - if your straps go from the ski eyes forward then you will need a strap going from the bow eye towards the rear of the trailer - I have seen one or two boat trying to mount the car as everything is trying to pull the boat forwards!
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When a boat looks that good who needs tubes!!!
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