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Old 08 January 2013, 03:25   #1
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Tie downs when towing!!!

Hi all

I thought I would throw this out to everyone to see what the general thoughts are....
When towing your RIB do any of you use ratchet tie downs? I know the RIB will be secured at the front and back but I have been told there is no need it. I used to do it to my SIB with cushions to protect the tubes?
My thinking is that going over POT HOLED ROADS would make the RIB jump on the rollers even if it weighs 300kg+.
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Old 08 January 2013, 03:35   #2
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I would never go over the tubes, like you say that bouncing will cause the tubes to chafe, so we stick to 3 ratchets, one on the bow and two on the transom

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Old 08 January 2013, 03:38   #3
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I use the winch at the front, 2 short straps diagonally across the transom (holds the stern down and stops the rear end moving sideways) and a single strap about a third of the way back from the bow over the top, with some padding under it where it crosses the tubes. Not had a problem so far.
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Old 08 January 2013, 03:39   #4
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I always tie mine down with ratchet straps I dont even protect the tubes & there are no marks on the hypalon after 10 years
there is no way to tie mine at the stern so i guess i have no choice but even with other boats I always had a strap over the boat as well as fore & aft
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Winch alone at the bow I would have thought is brave, I use a ratchet strap with the winch strap and a safety chain on the towing eye, and two ratchet straps on the transom eyes.

Each to there own, but my boat doesn't move.
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Old 08 January 2013, 04:15   #6
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With full boat cover on, two ratchet straps on front plus the winch strap and two ratchet straps on transom, plus one slightly looser over the rib about two thirds down from the bow.
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I do it the way Woody73 had it when he sold me the boat: 1 x ratchet strap through the hardpoint at the bow and round under the trailer. 1 x ratchet strap which starts at one side of the trailer, goes through the hardpoint eyes on either side of the transom and then down to the other side of the trailer.

I would 100% not tow without the boat tied down: it shits me up enough going over potholes with it strapped down!
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Old 08 January 2013, 04:47   #8
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it shits me up enough going over potholes with it strapped down!
I love all these nautical terms…
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Old 08 January 2013, 05:35   #9
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Potholes aren't nautical! (well, apart form the ones big enough to fill with rain & go ribbing on..... )

I don't bopther with a ratchet at the front as the winch holds it down, but I do however have a 10mm wire that clips on to the bow eye and heads aft to the chassis (in case of a shunt - should stop or slow the boat on it's momentum induced attempt to keep going) it goes tight as the boat hits the snubber. There is a 6mm one that is slack, but should the winch and both aft ratchets fail stop it rolling off the back. (but by the time that happens I;d like to think I;d have noticed a flapping web or two in the mirrors) that one also doubles as a "boat on the slip" emergency cord.

As for holding it down, if the winch lets go, I'll notice the vertical movement in the mirrorr - at night the bow is lit by the car's tail lamps.


Over the toobs? No way - all I need is the sun to come up or go down & the toobs harden / soften. Fix to the solid bits!

Beamishken - I assume you have a couple of bolts holding your engine on? Why not replace them with eyebolts?
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+1 to not putting it over the tubes! I just run 2 straps front to back...but itd obviously be different for you
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