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Old    J (Jmorlan)      Join Date: May 2013       04-12-2014, 7:27 AM Reply   
Last summer my buddy had a set of retracting ratchet tie downs mounted on his trailer. They came with it and I thought they were pretty slick.
No fiddling with transom straps, nothing to take on and off. Just pull out the strap, attach to your tie down point, and ratchet.
When you put the boat into the water , nothing to take off, just loosen, and it retracts into it's own housing.
I sprung the 60 bucks and picked up a set of the cargobuckle G3 last night and was wondering who else are running these slick gizmos.

http://www.etrailer.com/Cargo-Tie-Do.../IMF18800.html

Well worth the $60 imo!
Old    Tim (dukeno1)      Join Date: May 2006       04-12-2014, 7:42 AM Reply   
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Originally Posted by Jmorlan View Post
Last summer my buddy had a set of retracting ratchet tie downs mounted on his trailer. They came with it and I thought they were pretty slick.
No fiddling with transom straps, nothing to take on and off. Just pull out the strap, attach to your tie down point, and ratchet.
When you put the boat into the water , nothing to take off, just loosen, and it retracts into it's own housing.
I sprung the 60 bucks and picked up a set of the cargobuckle G3 last night and was wondering who else are running these slick gizmos.

http://www.etrailer.com/Cargo-Tie-Do.../IMF18800.html

Well worth the $60 imo!
Yep...been running these for 8 years and still work great!
http://www.amazon.com/Rod-Saver-40-i.../dp/B000C5BK02

Thank I paid less than 50$ back then
Old    Skippabcool (skippabcool)      Join Date: Mar 2011       04-12-2014, 8:29 AM Reply   
My trailer came with them on and love them. We picked some up for my dad to use with his waverunners. They work just as good. I have a buddy and brother that are going to switch to them as well.
Old    Ron (Nordicron)      Join Date: Aug 2011       04-12-2014, 8:31 AM Reply   
I put them on mine last year and love them!!!! I also put one on the front as a bow tie down. Awesome!
Old    J (Jmorlan)      Join Date: May 2013       04-12-2014, 9:09 AM Reply   
I am way stoked. I don't think I've been this excited over something so insignificant in a long time! Hahah
Old    Tim (srock)      Join Date: Mar 2002       04-14-2014, 11:00 AM Reply   
I like them alot. Purchased them in stainless.
Old    BLAIR BARHAM (jonblarc7)      Join Date: Jul 2006       04-14-2014, 11:08 AM Reply   
The one thing I wish I didn't sell with my last boat.

So the first week I went out and bought a new set from overtons.

http://www.overtons.com/modperl/prod...System&i=80594
Old    Dave (bcrider)      Join Date: Apr 2006       04-14-2014, 11:56 AM Reply   
did it last year too. The only issue I find is for some reason I keep having issues with them not winding back up.
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Old    Derek (camassanger)      Join Date: Oct 2009       04-14-2014, 6:20 PM Reply   
I just saw a cheap version of these at Walmart - $30. Anyone have them? they look like they would work well - they're pretty beefy. I think they were attwood(?)
Old    L W (501s)      Join Date: Feb 2010       04-14-2014, 6:34 PM Reply   
I had the Orange Cargo buckles and they too stopped retracting the first year too. My slightly more expensive Boat Buckles with the grey handles have lasted years.

These seem to last better: http://www.amazon.ca/BoatBuckle-Retr.../dp/B000KORVJY
Old    Charlie Zulu (Pad1Tai)      Join Date: Jan 2013       04-14-2014, 6:47 PM Reply   
^^ second that on the Boat Buckles^^

Drop the extra coin and get the gray ones.. they will last years hassle free..
Old    J (Jmorlan)      Join Date: May 2013       04-14-2014, 7:38 PM Reply   
I went with the orange cargo buckle, only because the length was longer. Did I F up? I'll send these suckers back for the boat buckle!
Old    L W (501s)      Join Date: Feb 2010       04-14-2014, 10:21 PM Reply   
My buddy has the orange ones on his Mojo and both his stopped retracting too. Personally, I'd get the Grey Boat buckles.
Old    210 SANTE (Paxdad)      Join Date: Jun 2013       04-15-2014, 4:42 AM Reply   
What the heck is the pipe and ball valve sticking out of the transom of your boat???
Old    BLAIR BARHAM (jonblarc7)      Join Date: Jul 2006       04-15-2014, 5:22 AM Reply   
My buddy had the cheap walmart ones from a few years ago they where terrible. They were hard to work and never worked right.
Old    Rusty Beckner (rbeckner27)      Join Date: Oct 2013       04-15-2014, 7:26 AM Reply   
I have the boat buckle ones and they are awesome. I try to pull my boat up as far as I can on the trailer to avoid any rubbing from the strap on the transom but haven't had any issues with that yet.
Old    Dave (bcrider)      Join Date: Apr 2006       04-15-2014, 9:05 AM Reply   
210 Sante: The ball valves I installed to replace the brass plugs so I could empty my ballast once on the trailer without having to get a wrench out every time. It also allows me to lean over when on the water to gravity fill the tanks opposed to running the pumps to fill as it fills faster. Once it stops, I shut it off and run the pumps to top the tanks up. They aren't for the hull drain so it doesn't matter if they decided to fail for some reason. They have been on there since 06 and have never had a problem.
Old    Ben R (brichter14)      Join Date: Jul 2010       04-15-2014, 9:15 AM Reply   
That fills your hard tanks? Interesting
Old    Dave (bcrider)      Join Date: Apr 2006       04-15-2014, 10:00 AM Reply   
^Yup.
Old     (nitrousbird)      Join Date: Sep 2008       04-15-2014, 12:24 PM Reply   
I got my Boat Buckles last year and wonder why I never did it sooner. The time saved is crucial time...well worth the cost. I'm probably going to order the one for the bow for this season as well. Normally I don't tie the bow down (other than the winch strap) except for long trips, which I just use standard strap.

Edit: Amazon had a Warehouse Deal on one for $33 for the bow so I decided to score it. These things are great.

Last edited by nitrousbird; 04-15-2014 at 12:29 PM.

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