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Old 18 January 2006, 18:51   #11
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that's still very butch for a ribtec looks good.

Do you need any drivers for those seariders?
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Old 18 January 2006, 19:04   #12
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correct Unbraked is the operative word. Is is a very short chain/cable which effectively emmulates the towing hook but without slack. if you have no brakes then the tow is less than 750k and that doesn't have doesn't have such a dramatic effect as a bigger payload when attached but not secure.
In unbraked trailers, the (short) length of the chain should also prevent the trailer coupling from dropping to the road. This will maintain some degree of attachment between the tow vehicle and trailer (but may scratch your bumper)
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Old 18 January 2006, 19:18   #13
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that's still very butch for a ribtec looks good.

Do you need any drivers for those seariders?

Cheers for your nice comments and help.

We are always looking 4 staff but the kushti jobs like rib driving go to all the old boys who have work for us for years!!!

Now what the hell can I re-use a 2ft wire strop for???

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Old 18 January 2006, 19:29   #14
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Go back to the monkey and ask if he'll take it in part/ex for a breakaway cable
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Old 18 January 2006, 19:36   #15
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you could make a towing bridle out of it
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Old 18 January 2006, 19:47   #17
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Not long enough for a towing bridle plus I don't want to take the paint off the outboard shaft!

I'm sure I can find something to use it for.
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Apparently, I've got things differently than you guys on the other side of the pond.

In my opinion, the chains are not there to protect your boat, the tow vehicle, or the operator, but rather, their job is to protect all the other people who happen to be on the road at the time your hitch decides to take a vacation.

The laws in the UK may be different, but I believe this is the way it's supposed to work here in the US (or "there in the US", depending on your locale):

Safety chains should be short enough to prevent the coupler from hitting the pavement if the tongue comes loose from the hitch. They should be long enough to allow for max turn without getting taut. Breakaway cable (brake activation device, if equipped with brakes) should be short enough to trip before the weight of the trailer is supported by the chains.

Unbraked or braked, when the hitch fails, the weight of the trailer falls onto the chains. If adjusted correctly, there will only be a few inches of sideways play, so the trailer will still be steered by the tow vehicle. Tow vehicle may take a battering from the trailer surging underneath under braking, but should still be somewhat controllable. If it is a braked trailer, the brakes will be applied, which will aid in keeping the trailer straight, as the drag from the wheels will keep the tongue in-line.

Alternative is to have 2000 to 6000 lbs or more of boat and trailer wandering down the road looking for a victim (which, no doubt, it will find.)

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The laws in the UK may be different...
Yup... they are...
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