Friend has the fancy (read $$$) yakima bow/stern tie-downs for his kayak. I went to buy them & thought the $40 price was ridiculous, vs the Riverside Canoe $13 one of same length. Only difference is the yakima has the rubber boot around the metal cam, to avoid scratching your car. I was thinking of making some rubber boots out of Sugru or something similar. Anyone ever tried anything this? Or is there a place to buy those rubber parts? I have googled everything I can think of & can't find them. Got a new car and am worried about my cheap straps.
And no, buying the yakima straps isn't an option, as I've got 3 boats & $120 in straps isn't happening.
Thanks for any help.
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What is Wrong with Cheap Straps|
Posted by: dafishman on Jun-09-13 9:16 PM (EST)
So what is wrong with the cheap straps? Are you worried about scratching your car or your kayak? I have the Yakima rubberized straps, but when I tighten the straps I place the cam section in the open space between the kayak and the cross bar. Therefore it doesn't contact the boat or the car. I also assume you are talking about the straps around the kayak and cross bars and not the bow and stern tie downs as stated. My Yakima set doesn't have rubberized bow and stern tie downs. I don't use them anyway as I use paracord for tying down the bow and stern. Thule makes a rubberized cover that goes over the cam, but I actually hate them as the rubberized section never stays put.
Posted by: jackl on Jun-10-13 5:28 AM (EST)
I had a set of those with the rubber boot on them, and threw the boots away. -Just extra stuff to get in the way.
If Thule "boots" will work|
Posted by: trvlrerik on Jun-09-13 10:09 PM (EST)
you can get them special ordered from REI.
Want something cheap that won't scratch?|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jun-09-13 10:51 PM (EST)
Posted by: Al_A on Jun-30-13 12:04 AM (EST)
Put me in the rope (or line) camp, too. Only thing that's good about straps is that you can't get them tight enough to dent your Royalex canoe, while when using a trucker's hitch you can get rope so tight that it will leave a mark on the surface of the canoe, so you have to be careful and use thicker diameter rope to make it less likely. But I'm SO much more confident in rope tie-downs than I am straps.
Posted by: Waterbird on Jun-09-13 11:37 PM (EST)
Buy a $10 closed-celled foam camping pad at Walmart (about 1/4" or 3/4" thick). Cut it into rectangles, whatever size you want. Make a slit in one end and thread the strap through the slit. Problem solved.
REI Riverside straps|
Posted by: morayreef on Jun-10-13 1:29 AM (EST)
Not the same boot as the expensive straps, but they work for me.
Posted by: mintjulep on Jun-10-13 7:30 AM (EST)
cheapest tie-downs i can find|
Posted by: tallyn on Jun-10-13 6:03 PM (EST)
even 13 bucks seems like a rip-off ;)
Posted by: jerrysmith on Jun-10-13 8:32 PM (EST)
Cut a piece of neoprene to the approximate size of an index card. Fold in half and stitch or glue along two sides to create a pad that is open on one side. Use scissors to cut a slot in the obvious place. Thread the strap through the slot.
Was going to try this|
Posted by: Swampthing_18 on Jun-22-13 6:40 PM (EST)
After I posted this I saw a company that sells their straps with neoprene wrapped around the buckles.
Can you spell "rope"?|
Posted by: g2d on Jun-22-13 11:01 PM (EST)
Polyester rope? Easy to tie, doesn't stretch when wet.
I can indeed!|
Posted by: Swampthing_18 on Jun-27-13 7:44 PM (EST)
I was going to reply that every real boater I know calls it "line", not "rope", but then I'd be like a lot of the people on here who throw out snippy comments over non-issues.
Rope versus line|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jun-27-13 10:50 PM (EST)
Posted by: Swampthing_18 on Jun-29-13 2:09 PM (EST)
But once you assign the duty of "tie-down" to your "rope", it became a "line", no? Because you assigned it a specific duty. Therefore by your definition, it is now a line, not a rope.
Posted by: NateHanson on Jun-29-13 11:39 AM (EST)
Your original post mentions bow/stern tie-downs. If that's what you mean, I wouldn't use webbing straps for that. They vibrate and hum annoyingly when used as bow/stern lines. Use rope for that, and save the straps for strapping the boat to the bars. No need for the fancy rubber thingies, just wrap the extra strap around the buckle, or position the buckle so it's not resting on the fiberglass.
I like the yakima rubber things|
Posted by: FrankNC on Jun-29-13 11:03 PM (EST)
I can toss the strap to the other side and not scratch the car or the window. Without is have to have really long straps so I can walk them around the end of the car instead of throw them over the car.