Originally Posted by HughN
I don't know about anyone else, but just the winch at the front wouldn't stop my boat flying forward in the event of 'sudden stop' (when the straps at the rear wouldn't help too much). I have a ratchet from the bow eye to the trailer at as low an angle I can manage.
I don't fancy a boat coming into the car in an accident, but I could be paranoid.
There was a pic in the Laser class association newlsletter many years ago where a laser (58Kg) on a trailer was in an accident. The laser was poking out through the back window of a Vauxhall Nova. Only the beam of the hull wedging in the window pillars stopped it carrying on. Probably just as well for the driver it was a Nova- a wider window would have allowed it further in.
I have twin 8mm wires secured to the trailer chassis at the point where the drawbar "splits". One is slacker than the other, and both are o nthe U- clamps. Theory being I get "graded" stopping of the boat. If both of them let go it's next stop painter.
Unless of course the bow eye pulls out in which case I'm going to get a sore head... Hopefully will never have to test it.