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Old 07 September 2009, 06:54   #1
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Suggestions for anchor points

To secure the stern of the boat on the trailer, I have traditionally used a single 50mm ratchet strap round the trailer beam on one side, through two D-rings on the transom, round the beam on the other side and back up to the ratchet, which hooks on one of the D-rings. That method holds the stern down firm and seems nice and secure.

I've just fitted Smart tabs to the RIB (which work really well, but that's not the point of this post) and they get in the way of the strap, using the above routing. Possible alternative is strap over the top of the tubes, but this doesn't seem so secure as strapping to a 'hard' point and I'm not sure how tight I should ratchet up.

Any comments or suggestions?
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Old 07 September 2009, 08:18   #2
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I assume the problem is that the "vertical" legs of the strap run now go straight through your trim tabs?

Three thoughts come to mind:

Could you "cross" them i.e. Trailer LH beam to RH D- ring, then LH D- ring, down to RH trailer beam? - You'd need a longer strap, but then you could get one that has a short strap on the ratchet, and the long web with a hook for the other side of the trailer.... if that made any sense?

Thru' bolt something that will allow the strap to divert round the end of the tabs. (i.e a long bolt or bolt with eye nut (will be less chaffing on that) Will need to make sure it's properly sealed as it will be underwater & taking a sideways force)

Other option might be (although I imagine a Metric fine threaded stainless eyebolt isn't going to be cheap) to replace the bolts / nuts (whichever is on the outside) holding your engine on with eyebolts. than you get your anchor points further inboard and clear the tabs?
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Old 07 September 2009, 09:40   #3
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Thanks 9D280. Some good suggestions there. I'll give them a go.
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The sea bed is a good anchor point.
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I too had this problem after fitting smart tabs.

I now fit two shorter straps fitted with hooks from the engine mount to the trailer. When the engine is is trimmed right up, there are several suitable holes in the back plate fixed to the transom that you can use. I will see if I can get a picture to show you.

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Possible alternative is strap over the top of the tubes, but this doesn't seem so secure as strapping to a 'hard' point and I'm not sure how tight I should ratchet up.

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Going over the toobes and hoping to hold things down is not a good idea!


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I know this is about securing your boat to the trailer but im more interested in the Smart Tabs! I have looked at the website.
Which ones did you get?
Do they actually stop your boat chine walking & what if any other benefits have they shown?
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As promised see pictures of my arrangement, seems to work and quick to do.

Sorry about quality, it was starting to go dark

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I guess the joke wasnt appreciated then...............Ill get me coat !!!!!
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Old 18 November 2009, 06:04   #10
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Looks like it went down like an......

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