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Old 08 January 2013, 07:10   #11
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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.
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Old 08 January 2013, 11:35   #12
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Thanks for all the advice. Securing at the front and stern seems to be the preferred way.
It's good to be able to put a general question out and get so many quick replys.
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Winch strap through the transom eye, safety chain attached to the transom eye, ratchet strap through the transom eye and secured at each end about half way down the trailer, single ratchet strap from the rear of the trailer and then through each transom eye.

No way would I put a strap over the tubes.

No way would I rely totally on the winch.
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Old 08 January 2013, 12:00   #14
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Not over the tubes!!! :'( And not just on the winch either! I've seen a rib hop straight off it's trailer like that.

I just use the winch, then tie the painter onto the winchpost securely, then I run ratchet strap from each stern d ring to the trailer and then finally, a ratchet strap running from one side of the trailer, through the bow d ring down to the other side of the trailer. Easy peasy, never had a problem with it.
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so we stick to 3 ratchets, one on the bow and two on the transom

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agreed...thats what XS ribs told me to do.

1 short ratchet through the bow eye to the trailer
2 longer ratchets from the trailer through the stern towing eyes on the transom.
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Old 08 January 2013, 12:55   #16
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On "hard boats" we would link the ratchet together and go over the sides, as well as one on the transom plus the most important bow strap, this one never gets removed until at the bottom of the slip, ready to leave the trailer

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Pull down rather than ratchet on the bow, tied vertically down. Painter tied forward and winch left just tight as well. Long ratchet strap at the rear from trailer, up through tow eye, back down through other eye and secured to the trailer.

Never had one move yet
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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.
You're not.

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.
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Yep, safety chain on the bow ring to the trailer & 2 ratchet straps on tow eyes behind the transom.
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Winch and Rope to the bow.
two rachet straps one to each rear tow eye and down to the trailer tie down hooks.

never moves. solid as a rock.

I never put straps over the tubes as they wear the tubes and can put alot of pressue on the tubes if it bounces.
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