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Old 06 July 2005, 15:07   #31
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Jono if you read my post you will see that I use this as a back up for my winch on the trailer, not for the coupling, trailer to the car!
I was only pointing out what I believe to be a cheap & easy back up for the trailer winch.
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This is a true story.

After having my rib for 6 months I suddenly realised that the only thing holding the rib to the trailer was the winch. So I made a small safety strap with a bit of rope and a stainless clip.

On the way back from my NEXT trip out (4 miles from home to water), I noticed the bow of the rib seemed to be bouncing slightly on the trailer. I stopped and on inspection.......You guessed it.... Winch strop had broken and rib had started to move back down the trailer only a few inches until the safety catch had become taught.

I have now renewed the winch strop and also use the bow rope as well!

I also use the additional cable that puts the trailer brakes on if it becomes detached from the car.
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Old 06 July 2005, 18:10   #32
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Are you saying you don't fasten the boat to the trailer, it just sits there?
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Old 06 July 2005, 18:31   #33
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I'm only from "the colonies" however I've never seen a trailer in North America without safety chains. That has been the law for as long as I remember, at least thirty years. Two chains coming from the trailer, crossing below the hitch and hooking onto predesigned spots on the reciever. the chains can support the entire weight pull of the trailer including the initial jerk. Trailer tow balls have a nasty habit of ratcheting loose due to a dry contact between the ball and trailer, its fairly common. Trailers over 2000lbs need brakes and breakaway line to activate them, however this is still dangerous if the trailer doesn't remain chained to the vehicle. Also, who unhooks their trailer at a boat ramp? That is a recipe for disaster. I lock one chain to my truck both for theft and for safety. Are you brits saying that you don't have safety chains?. That would be tough to understand since it is standard, I believe, pretty well everywhere.
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Are you saying you don't fasten the boat to the trailer, it just sits there?
Always use ratchet straps for bow and stern when trailering and leave the bow strap on for that trip down the slipway
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Old 07 July 2005, 02:52   #35
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Are you saying you don't fasten the boat to the trailer, it just sits there?
Yes, It won't run forward because the safety chain and winch strop, likewise it won't run backwards. The point at which the bow rope joins the boat is next to a large post on the trailer with the trailer winch. The boat seems to have a deep V with the rollers being quite a way up the side of the boat. Should it be fixed any other way as well?
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Old 07 July 2005, 02:59   #36
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Yes, It won't run forward because the safety chain and winch strop, likewise it won't run backwards. The point at which the bow rope joins the boat is next to a large post on the trailer with the trailer winch. The boat seems to have a deep V with the rollers being quite a way up the side of the boat. Should it be fixed any other way as well?
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Old 07 July 2005, 03:31   #37
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Stuart, Get your self 2 ratchet straps attach them to the transom towing eyes, then to the trailer! as red lines in photo!
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Old 07 July 2005, 05:01   #38
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its very sad - but I imagine its down to lack of experience.
A trailer will ONLY come off if he hasnt been properly put on in the
first place. If you look at the ball and the clamp that comes down - you will
see its 99.999999999% improbalbe that the trailer will come off- all things being equal A saftey chain theoretically only serves to put the brakes on, -but in most cases . especially boat trailers - the brakes don't work as they need frequent adjustment due to excessive corrossion. When I put the trailer on the hitch and the clamp comes down- i then jack up the trailer - to see if it takes the
tow vehicle with it.

I think this accident was advoidable.

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Winch strop had broken and rib had started to move back down the

DONT use a polyester strop- use a steel cable. The polyester strops have a tendancy to break if left in a salty enviroement.

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very sad , i can't imagine how the family is feeling as well as the driver

only hope this brings a message 2 al of us
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