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Old    ajmac            06-10-2010, 8:12 AM Reply   
Hey everyone, just wondering if there is any better way to attach the bow of the boat to the trailer than I already have. I have the winch strap and then a strap around the bow hook and trailer just to keep the bow from bouncing a bit. You can see in the pictures that there is a little tab that I can hook something on to near the bow, but it's a little more under the boat than I would like. Thanks for your help!
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Old    Joe Sellhausen (joesell)      Join Date: Apr 2001       06-10-2010, 8:20 AM Reply   
Get a boat buddy. It's the fastest, easiest way to put you boat on the trailer.
Old    D H (dhcomp1)      Join Date: Mar 2010       06-10-2010, 8:50 AM Reply   
Instead of that strap, just make sure your bow is tight to the roller with the winch strap.

Then setup another cable or chain with a clip as a hard mounted 2nd tie down. This one would just be an aux tie down, and doesn't' need to be tight.

Do you have rear tie town straps? I highly recommend the boat buckle tie downs.

Yep, they're more expensive....but they are ALWAYS there when you need them. Everyone i know has lost a strap or 2 off the back, and you never need to replace these ones.

http://www.dhmtrailers.com/online/pr...&cat=78&page=1
Old    ajmac            06-10-2010, 10:51 AM Reply   
Thanks D H. I was looking for some more ideas that are for safety, so that chain makes sense to me. The convenience of the boat buddy sounds great too. And yes, I do strap down the rear of the boat.
Old    M-Dizzle (liquidmx)      Join Date: Jun 2005       06-10-2010, 10:59 AM Reply   
I bought those boat buckles (in stainless) a few years ago and they STILL work flawlessly! I have seen the "stocker" retractable straps on the older DHM trailers and these are FAR superior. They ratchet and retract every time without fail. One of the best add ons I ever did to my trailer.
Old    Jacob Ruppert (jacobs0222i)      Join Date: Sep 2008       06-10-2010, 11:00 AM Reply   
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...box.jsp.form23

they make one for the front too. i have the two on the back but my trailer isn't set up for one in the front.
Old    D H (dhcomp1)      Join Date: Mar 2010       06-10-2010, 4:43 PM Reply   
Again, don't like teh orientation of that strap. I want that auxiliary tie down strap to keep my boat from moving backwards on teh trailer, not to keep it from moving up.
Old    Matt Laird (Matt)      Join Date: Mar 2010       06-10-2010, 8:15 PM Reply   
I broke a strap on the way home from Texoma on Memorial day, I didnt have a safety strap.... I'm just glad I installed the boat buckles prior to the trip... The boat slid back 4-6" scarey... I ordered a heavy duty winch strap from west marine... I need some kind of safety chain also..
Old    Chris (rio_sanger)      Join Date: Apr 2007       06-10-2010, 8:31 PM Reply   
I've always used a bow eye safety chain in addition to the winch strap. just added measure, cause you never know what may happen.

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