Posted by: magooch on Mar-28-13 10:16 AM (EST)
If you really are interested in securing your boats, use soft nylon, or dacron ropes. Learn to tie a proper hitch. If you haul your boats on a trailer, they don't have to be tied down as tightly as if hauled on your vehicles roof. In any case, you should never tie them down so tight that it deforms the boat. My rule of thumb is to tie the boat to the saddles just tight enough to hold them in place, the fore and aft ropes are much more important to keep the boat in place in case of rapid acceleration, or deceleration.
I realize that many will argue about which is better--ropes, or straps, but I have used both and I've never had a rope come loose, whereas I have had straps come loose. If you choose to go with straps--don't go cheap. You can buy a lot of very good rope for the price of good straps. If you happen to know someone who works in a paper mill, they might be able to get some dryer rope--free. It doesn't get any better than that.
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