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Old 17 June 2004, 11:30   #1
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Securing your rib on the trailer???

Hi all our club rib when in use last sunday had all one side of the rubbing strake come unstuck, now our dive club use those big lorry type ratchet straps 2 per boat over the tubes to hold the boat on the trailer and they distort the tubes quite a lot to my way of looking at it, I am thinking maybe the straps put a strain on the rubber moulding, anyway what method do you guys use to secure your rib onto the trailer.

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Old 17 June 2004, 11:45   #2
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Winch strap and safety chain to the bow eye. A pair of ratchet straps from trailer chassis to eye bolts on transom.

If you put any straps over the tubes, they won't mind being distorted, but you will wear the hypalon with abrasion.
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Old 17 June 2004, 11:49   #3
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Old 17 June 2004, 12:02   #4
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Put straps over tubes - but run them through foam pipe lagging tube so as to prevent marking/ wearing tubes. Rope tied from front eye to winch post.
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..baling twine and sellotape.....
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Old 17 June 2004, 12:33   #6
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Was waiting for that... I thought Rougue wave would be the one, but he's been run out of town by the Ribeye posse
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I agree with Richard B, works very well, boat does not move even on long journeys
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Actually it's top tip no. 387 from Pete7 and handover suggestion no.402 from Alan
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If you put any straps over the tubes, they won't mind being distorted, but you will wear the hypalon with abrasion.
Must be the quality of your hypalon.
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Must be the quality of your hypalon.


Anyway, I was under the impression that most of it came from the same factory!
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I had mine strapped down with big ratchet straps over the tubes bringing it home from Humber. I was too lazy to do anything better when constructing the boat so the first few times it was out this is how it was secured.
However I found that it bounced on the rollers as the straps didn't hold it securely to the trailer, going over potholes and bumps you could see the boat bouncing!
I put two transom straps to u bolts and one onto the bow eye and apart from being neater and quicker to use, the boat is securely held to the trailer.
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Agreed, why risk damaging the tubes as the boat bounces around on the trailer ?

Also if you tighten the straps up late afternoon the trail home during the evening the temperature falls and the tubes go soft so the straps don't hold.


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i know its best but i can,t see why you need to fix the transom to the trailer
if you go over a bump its still the same pressure point if the boats fixed or not the loading would be the same on each roller i keep forgeting to fix the transom to the trailor with my strap i have two fixings on the front the whinch
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i know its best but i can,t see why you need to fix the transom to the trailer
if you go over a bump its still the same pressure point if the boats fixed or not the loading would be the same on each roller i keep forgeting to fix the transom to the trailor with my strap i have two fixings on the front the whinch
and a strap
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Well if you do not mined you boat jumping up & down on the back of your trailer I gess you do not kneed the transom strapped down!
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Also if you tighten the straps up late afternoon the trail home during the evening the temperature falls and the tubes go soft so the straps don't hold.


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i know its best but i can,t see why you need to fix the transom to the trailer
If you follow a RIB going down the road, you'll see how much movement there is. I reckon that you want to make sure it's reasonably well tied down for a number of reasons, including:
1. If you don't, you could very reasonably be prosecuted for towing an insecure load. And in the worse case you could cause damage and huge misery to yourself and others.
2. If your hull moves around on the trailer, it could cause damage to the surface and to the spray rails.
3. The greatest mass is at the stern (engine) so that's the bit which will be causing the bouncing. Tie off as near to it as possible otherwise there will be a moment (leverage) the further away your fixing is.

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I have seen some nasty abrasion from ratchets tied over brand new tubes, i would advise anyone from using this method........it is totally pointless
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Old 17 June 2004, 17:46   #20
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Ditto also with RB.

Why wear out your tubes needlessly?
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