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Old 14 June 2015, 02:24   #1
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Winch strap

Last night when bringing our boat the Winch strap snapped, no extra strain as I had powered onto the trailer it was simply when I dropped the power off, now luckily I had a back up line tied on which did the job as it should and stopped a VERY expensive accident, the trailer is pretty much brand new probably only 3 months old and you don't expect these things to happen, so two things one always have a back up line, and two whats a stronger replacement to a winch strap? if there is anything?
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People use dynema rope rather than webbing. But if that was 50mm webbing that wasn't damaged the breaking strain is big.

Backup line? How does it stay short as you winch in?
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How wide & thick was the webbing?
Has it snapped the webbing or has the stitching given way?
On a 3 month old trailer I'd be speaking to the suppliers as I would expect there is a warranty?
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Do you mean it broke as you drove up the slipway and not when winching?

I use a 2nd webbing strap from the d ring to the trailer to try and mitigate this, seen more than 1 boat left half on / half off a trailer.

At 3 months there is an issue - as others have said, warranty time.
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Winch straps break all the time. I use one rated for 2 tonnes and I've seen it's either torn or snapped on a couple of occasions. Granted, I've used it under strain if it's been too shallow to recover properly. They tend to go at the stitched hook end. Cut it back 12" or so and use a figure of 8 loop knot to re-fix. I tend to replace the strap annually. Good advice, about never driving up a slip with just the strap holding the boat on. It'll be like watching Thunderbirds 2 launch into the briny if it breaks.
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10-12mm Dyneema + short safety chain, simples. I've had/seen so many winch straps break over the years.
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Safety chain for me too when going up - or down - a slip. Stays on when towing.
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Yes so i had trailer in water, I then powered on trailer up to the bow stopper thing (not sure on technical term) mate hooked it on and the took bow line and tied that onto the tractor that launches us, as I took power off and tractor pulled up the slip the strap snapped @ the stitching part and then the bow line connected to the tractor took the weight.

How much am I looking @ for one of those replacements for a strap? (Forgot name as posting can't see on iPhone) Hopefully after next launch it will be staying in the water for the rest of summer and only coming back out again when it gets delivered back to winter storage so have some time to play with to get the correct set up, the boat with kit and one person on board is probably verging towards to 1.5t
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I bought the hook 6 then 8 m of dyneema hook spliced on and an eye at tother end circa 50
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