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whalerron posted 04-23-2002 07:58 AM ET (US)   Profile for whalerron   Send Email to whalerron  
I bought a new winch strap and as I was putting it on the winch last night, I noticed that the hook doesn't fit completely through the eye of my 1969 Whaler. Where are you guys finding winch straps with the proper sized hook and who is the manufacturer? My original came with the winch so I don't have any of this info for the strap.


Arch Autenreith posted 04-23-2002 08:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
I don't know if this helps but if you can't return the strap just cut the hook off and use a bowline or other smilarly good knot and tie on the hook of your choice.
Dick posted 04-23-2002 08:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
One step better when replacing the hook on a winch strap is to take it to a shoe repair shop and have the strap sewn back together.
whalerron posted 04-23-2002 08:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
My problem here is that the strap is frayed badly and the hook is rusted to the point that it is cutting the strap. Somebody must make a strap with a hook that fits in the smaller Whaler bow-eye.

What are most people doing with older Whalers to get around this problem?

- ron

Whaler Proud posted 04-23-2002 12:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler Proud  Send Email to Whaler Proud     
I used the hook off of a standard tie down strap. The smaller hook goes to the boat and the winch strap hooks to that. Total cost $5.99
maverick posted 04-23-2002 05:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for maverick  Send Email to maverick     
If you can return it, I'd trade it in and get a stainless cable with hook. Straps are okay but seem to rot after awhile. The cable is there for a while! Mav
CarlRobert posted 04-23-2002 10:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for CarlRobert    
I had the same problem. Using a hack saw, I carefully cut the supplied hook to free the sewn strap. I then purchased a hook that that had a slight gap ( a little larger than than the thickness of the webbing strap) in the eye and threaded the new strap onto it!


lhg posted 05-01-2002 04:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
If you want a REAL winch strap, go to Walmart and for $15 get one of those super HD yellow vehicle tow straps with hooks on both ends.
These things are rated at 10 or 15,000#. As mentioned, hacksaw the hook off one of the ends and bolt on to your winch, using same factory sewn loop. This is what I am now using on my 25 Outrage rig, with no fear of breaking.
andygere posted 05-01-2002 05:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I bought the standard strap at West Marine, and used a grinder to very carfully remove a little material from the hook so it would fit in the bow eye. I didn't remove enough to signigicantly compromise the strenth, but I was irritated that the hood will now be forever rusty in that spot. Of course, I always use a safety chain as a back up.
andygere posted 05-01-2002 07:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
That's hook, not hood; strength not strenth :)
JimCha posted 05-12-2002 02:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for JimCha  Send Email to JimCha     
Had the same problem with the hook on winch strap I bought at West Marine. At Wal Mart found Winch Strap with hook that fit bow eye. 20 foot long, 7000 lb capacity strap, drop forged hook for $6.95. Brand: "Rod Saver, Marine Accessories". Hook design a little different and just fits in eye on my 1988 Outrage 18.
gunnelgrabber posted 05-12-2002 09:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
i'll definitely try one of those real winch straps when the braided nylon rope that came on my trailer gives up...steel cables have those little wires sticking out that hurt my sissy fingers...lm
whalerron posted 05-12-2002 05:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     

That is exactly how I solved the problem. I used a Dremel with a stone to open the hook up just a little. When I was done, I painted the whole hook with rustoleum. That inner surface is going to rust anyway because the bow eye will wear off any protective coating that is on it.

- ron

maverick posted 05-12-2002 05:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for maverick  Send Email to maverick     
My brother had a strap on his like you're talking about - it let loose on the interstate at 60 mph. Boat went off the trailer and slid (didn't flip). Wore the gel off the bottom but no major damage. Was lucky. Not to say that a strap isn't okay, but that cloth nylon stuff rots over time. About $14 for a stainless steel cable at Wal-mart. Cheap insurance. No grinding, either. Mav
triblet posted 05-12-2002 10:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Maverick, your brother should have had a
safety chain on the bow, and rear tie down
straps. Attaching your boat to the trailer
with only a single strap is dangerous.


whalerron posted 05-12-2002 11:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
triblet is right. Every trailering manual states the same. I have a gunwale strap at the rear of the boat and a chain on the bow as backup for the winch strap hook.

If you don't use a gunwale strap, your boat is bouncing around independently of the trailer as you go over bumps and that cannot be good. Also, any winch strap or cable can fatigue and break so you should always have something at the bow as a backup.


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