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SeaHag posted 05-31-2002 05:24 PM ET (US)   Profile for SeaHag   Send Email to SeaHag  
i'm contemplating installing the traditional turnbuckle as additional security for when I'm trailering my Whaler. Does anybody else use some other form of support other than the winch for securing the boat while trailering??
Kids2 posted 05-31-2002 11:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kids2  Send Email to Kids2     
If I understand your question, and I think that I do, then the answer is yes, I do and feel that you should back up the winch with a saftey device. I use a chain, which I thread through the bow eye and wrap around the winch post. I install the chain before I pull the boat up the launch ramp. If the winch gives way, I don't want the boat to slide. Once I am up on level ground, I add truck hitches at the bow and stern. These are 2.5 inch nylon slings with a rachet device to tighten and lock. They are available at most auto parts stores. My thoughtis that I want to make sure that no matter what happens, my boat and trailer remain as one unit.

Hope this helps.

SeaHag posted 06-01-2002 12:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for SeaHag  Send Email to SeaHag did answer my question. Thanks!

I currently have transom tie downs in place but nothing to secure the bow, beyond what the winch provides.
The hook that is on the nylon winch strap is so big that I can't fit anything else in the bow eye. As a result I am going to have to get creative.

I was trying to get some ideas.

mudpuppy posted 06-01-2002 02:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
I too just use a chain, a few links too long for a really snug fit, with an S hook as a backup. Just like the safety chains you probably have on your trailer tongue.
NEVER SCARED posted 06-03-2002 03:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for NEVER SCARED    
I installed a short piece of chain to the bow eye and looped it around the winch post, secured with a ss bolt. The locking device on the winch has a broken spring which could allow the strap to "unwind" if not in place. One day on a steep ramp I gassed it too much and saw the boat slip in the rear view mirror. Without that chain I recently added, my heart would still be aching!
where2 posted 06-04-2002 01:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
My trailer came (maybe previous owner installed) with a short chunk of chain that attaches to the same eye as the winch cable. It's a few links long, but will only let the boat move about 4" to the rear before snugging up. (You have to forget to remove the chain once, and wonder why the boat stopped gliding off the trailer after it moved 4")

My dad's trailer has a place at the bottom of the winch stand to attach a turnbuckle, but that's a 20' boat on a large aluminum trailer.

We both use alternate tie down methods, I use a strap across the gunnels, while he uses transom tie-down straps to the stern eyes.

jimh posted 06-04-2002 01:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
When my 20-REVENGE is on the trailer, three attachments are secured to the bow eye:

--the WINCH STRAP supplied tension forward and slightly upward (which helps get the boat on the trailer);

--a SAFETY CHAIN and safety link shackle the bow eye to a U-Bolt on the trailer central frame;

--a TIE-DOWN STRAP loops from the bow eye down around the central trailer frame and returns to the bow eye, supplying strong downward tension so the boat does not tend to bounce in the bow stop rollers.

SeaHag posted 06-04-2002 03:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for SeaHag  Send Email to SeaHag     
thanks for the input. I have since installed a eye - to eye turnbuckle with one end connected to the trailer via a screw pin anchor shackle (attached to an eye plate) and the other through the bow eye via the same type shackle. So now I have the turnbuckle + the winch (secondary) and two transom eyes providing additional extra security.

Thanks agian for the feedback!

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