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Old 30 June 2013, 15:31   #1
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Securing SIB on trailer

What are thoughts on securing a SIB on to a trailer? My friend who works for RNLI swears by ratchet straps over the boat. Also been advised to secure transom via towing eyes & straps & bow via d rings, front eye via a harness & strap. I do not rely on the winch.
Your thoughts please.
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Old 30 June 2013, 15:41   #2
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recommend to secure rear via transom rings with ratchet straps and front via d rings and straps, some people use straps over tubes but can cause wear to tubes due to friction.
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Old 30 June 2013, 15:43   #3
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I use rachet type straps though I personally only use the heavy duty / commercial truck ones
the cheaper shop specials never seem to last
Only down side with the h/ d ones is that if your not careful its easy to over tighten them .
Just been sorting mine out this afternoon as it happens ,

Best ones I had was on a Humber 16 ,
The 2 webbing straps were were bolted to each side of the trailer with a quick release cam buckle similar to divers weight belt buckles that fastened in the middle .
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recommend to secure rear via transom rings with ratchet straps and front via d rings and straps, some people use straps over tubes but can cause wear to tubes due to friction.
+1 for this.

I like the belt and braces approach with putting a strap over the top as well, but be careful it can easily mark the tubes. I use anti rubbing pads designed to protect awnings from tie down straps to try and minimise this.
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Old 30 June 2013, 18:18   #5
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As the other have said use ratchet tie downs at the transom and bow.

However, I would consider straps over the tubes that were not tight and threaded through the handles or life lines. This way if your bow tie down fails then your sib isn't going to summersault off the back of the trailer. You can protect your toobs by using the padded seatbelt things that boy racers use or something similar. It just has to be a fail safe
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Old 30 June 2013, 18:18   #6
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For the strap on my rib I picked up a used pair of car temp roof rack (the padded type) and use that to protect the tubes as the cloth version still left west marks on the tubes

Oh and only have the strap on during transport.
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... only have the strap on during transport.


Sorry - thought I'd logged onto a different forum..... thank goodness for hyphens!
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..... thank goodness for pythons!
Fixed that for ya
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I modified my trailer (And my boat, but eye's are put on the stern for the purpose of strapping) so I can use two transom ratcheting tie downs. The winch gently holds the bow, and I use two more ratcheting tie downs on the front side d-rings.

Learned a long time ago "I am only going to tow a mile" just isn't safe as the rear of my boat bounced a foot off the trailer. If it moves anywhere but a parking lot it is strapped bow and stern PERIOD! Also learned bow straps break so redundancy is good.

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Strap it down and think of what could happen

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