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Old 24 January 2008, 21:22   #1
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Why you need to tie the stern down...

Just found this. Definitely a lesson on why the stern needs to be held down with a ratchet strap!
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Old 24 January 2008, 23:20   #2
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His method does make it easier to back-up though...
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and the bow...
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Ingenious - completely removes the requirement for a trailer

Interesting thought - I never tie my stern down but then I only travel very slowly to and from the slip so the chances of that are minimal.
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and the bow...
Read the legend on the side of the boat!
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Just found this. Definitely a lesson on why the stern needs to be held down with a ratchet strap!
Actually Nos I think it's a bow tie-down/back stops this. Most boats I see the rear straps are led forward quite a bit to get on to a beam allowing the boat a metre or more movement up the trailer in a sudden stop. Not everyone realises the dynamic effect of the boat moving that much can break a strap that could lift multiples of the boat's weight. I always tie the painter or a strap back along the trailer to avoid this and also to help the rear tie-downs stay tight by preventing the boat inching forward.

Brilliant picture - keep 'em coming!
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Old 25 January 2008, 07:01   #7
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No I think you've all missed the point! The reason he was upset was his second boat had slid off the back of the trailer and was half a mile back up the freeway The one on the 'roofbars' is fine.
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As said above, I think this is a case of not tieing the FRONT down. Your winch stops the boat from rolling back, but what about rolling forward?

Usually if i'm travelling any great distane the boat is held:
On the winch (Stop it from falling back)
Another strap on the winch-eye, tied about 2m back the trailer (To stop boat rolling forward)
2 x on the stern

Still though, priceless picture!
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I'd second the front one for braking. I've got a totally independent rope goes from the bow eye on the rib back to the trailer chassis so it's already tight if the boat moves forward.
What the rear does is stops the back of the boat being impaled on the rollers by the weight of the engine etc should a pothole manage to separate them. Also should something really nasty happen and it rolls then there's only one flying lump instead of two.

As Daibheid says - the dynamic loading is huge - even a small rib will weigh around half a ton, and you've all seen the ads for wearing rear seat belts, and that's only at 30mph..... There was a pic in the Laser class association mag a while ago iof someone who managed to put their boat in the boot of their Corsa with an E- stop on the motorway- and those things only weigh 58Kg in full sailing mode and don't tend to sit on roller trailers!


On a more humourous note, do you think his truck has bearing savers?
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Ok, so this is what happens when you don't tie down properly
I get the impression it had neither bow or stern ties given how intact it is on the top/transom.
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