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JohnNorthEast posted 07-01-2002 04:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for JohnNorthEast   Send Email to JohnNorthEast  
I have a BW outrage 18 with a load right trailer. Iíve noticed that the chain used to provide back up safety cannot attach to the boweye directly. The winch strap hook fits snugly in my boweye. This snug fit prevents me from placing an S hook attached to a chain to the boweye as well. Rather than replacing the boweye why not simply place the S hook onto the end of the winch strap hook. The winch strap hook then will hold both the winch strap and the chain attached to the trailer. This way, should the strap break loose I have the chain holding onto the end of the hook where the strap is attached. Now in the rare case where the hook itself is broken off, Iím screwed. Is it best to find a smaller winch strap hook? If so I have not seemed to locate any. Ideas?
JBCornwell posted 07-01-2002 05:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Hi, John.

Put a turnbuckle on the chain, disconnect the winch strap and hook the turnbuckle to the bow eye. Tighten the turnbuckle and you are safe.

Your winch strap is probably strong enough to hold the bow forward (but not down), but the latches in the winch can fail. Been there.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

JohnNorthEast posted 07-01-2002 06:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnNorthEast  Send Email to JohnNorthEast     
Thankyou JB, I'm not familiar with a turnbuckle. Are you suggesting that I should tow with chain and turnbuckle only and use the winch strap only for pulling in and out of the water?

Will look into this thank you for the advice


simonmeridew posted 07-01-2002 08:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for simonmeridew  Send Email to simonmeridew     
My strap hook won't allow the chain "s" hook to engage the bow eye when it(the strap) is tight, but if I release the tension, (after the boat is up all the way on the trailer) the hook gets loose and I can engage the "s" hook and chain, then I retighten the strap and away I go
whalerron posted 07-01-2002 11:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
You will be fine if you hook the safety chain through the eye in the winchstrap hook. (I assume you mean the same eye that the strap itself is threaded through on the hook. ) The safety chain is intended to catch the boat if the strap breaks or the winch lets go. If that chain is connected to the hook eye, and if the hook is connected to the boats bow eye, that boat isn't gonna go anywhere unless your winch stand falls off.

On the road, to keep the bow from bouncing around, I run a piece of 1/2 inch nylon rope from the bow cleat, down around the trailer tongue 1 complete time and back up to the cleat. It holds the boat down rock solid, provides a backup if the winch, safety chain and transom strap all fail and its faster to setup than a turnbuckle.

JohnNorthEast posted 07-02-2002 03:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnNorthEast  Send Email to JohnNorthEast     
Thanks for the advice. I will go with attaching the safty chain hook to the eye in the winchstrap hook for now. This is the solution I have settle upon for now. I also run a line from the bow cleat around the tongue of the trailer. I cannot fit both the hooks through the boweye, even with loosening the strap. I will look into this turnbuckle idea as it sounds more stable.
Landlocked posted 07-02-2002 06:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
Its would be a simple exercise to lengthen the chain. Spend 5 minutes at Home depot and explain to the hardware guy what you are doing and he'll set you up.

You may find, however that there is not enough room in the bow eye for both the strap hook and the safety chain hook. That is the case with mine.

I hook the safety chain through the eye where the strap attaches to the strap hook as you have suggested. I've never had any problems.

One note, I always come up with the safety chain hook from the underside. That way if the boat slips back, (At least in my way of thinking) there is little chance for the hook to come loose. I do the same with the safety chains to the truck.

All standard disclaimers apply.


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