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Old 02-24-2008, 06:49 AM
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Is anyone using something like Amsteel Blue as a winch cable on an electric trailer winch? Like to hear of first hand experience, especially with heavy boats. Its time to replace my cable and this stuff looks promising. My boat is about 8500 lbs on a bunk trailer and I use a PowerWinch model 912.

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Old 02-24-2008, 06:55 AM
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I always preferred a strap. My concern with synthetic...would it tend to slide and bind on itself?
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Change to a strap.
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Old 02-24-2008, 07:32 AM
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While I don't use it on my boat trailer, I do use 9/16in Amsteel Blue on my Jeep with a Warn 9000lb winch. It has a breaking strength of 13,900lbs. While the benefits for a a Jeep/Offroading are numerous, I don't necessarily see the advantage for the little use a boat winch gets.

Main Advantages:
Lighter
Easier to Handle
No wire frays, no gloves needed to handle versus steel steel cable
If/When it snaps, it simply drops to the ground versus a steel cable which carries high energy and will recoil possibly causing injury/death

Like I said, I don't think there is much load on a boat winch, I would probably agree with everyone else and say just get a strap.
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I've had good luck and long life with straps on my other (previous) boat trailers. They were smaller aluminum boats and much lighter though. Can someone point me to a suitable strap for this application?
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I have used 3/8" Amsteel and also Purple Plasma, as well as 1/2" It is all Spectra fiber, and is super strong. I works well, and will last until you get a decent cut in it, which I have yet to happen. It splices easily, too.

If you load this rope to a high level, on a curved sheave, for an extended period of time, it will heat up from the inside and eventually fail. No chance on a boat trailer, though; just some fyi.


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I've had good luck and long life with straps on my other (previous) boat trailers. They were smaller aluminum boats and much lighter though. Can someone point me to a suitable strap for this application?
http://www.thehulltruth.com/forums/t...ts=31#M1937468

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Old 02-25-2008, 07:57 AM
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Thanks for the link BW23. Have you launched/retreived since you added the strap to your winch? How did it go?
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Twn8587 - 2/24/2008 7:32 AM

While I don't use it on my boat trailer, I do use 9/16in Amsteel Blue on my Jeep with a Warn 9000lb winch. It has a breaking strength of 13,900lbs. While the benefits for a a Jeep/Offroading are numerous, I don't necessarily see the advantage for the little use a boat winch gets.

Main Advantages:
Lighter
Easier to Handle
No wire frays, no gloves needed to handle versus steel steel cable
If/When it snaps, it simply drops to the ground versus a steel cable which carries high energy and will recoil possibly causing injury/death

Like I said, I don't think there is much load on a boat winch, I would probably agree with everyone else and say just get a strap.
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Yeah. Agree.
Synthetic winch line/rope is extremely good for an off-road vehicle winch. As the amsteel blue rope is of high strength. For a boat winch, strap does it work well enough. If you would take a piece of synthetic winch line for it's special advantages, please refer:
Synthetic rope, 3/16"
Synthetic rope, 3/8"
These kind of rope is made by Dyneema.

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Old 01-10-2009, 08:11 AM
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I have taken cables off of winches and replaced with straps . . . I was tired if cable rolling over and under itself . . . up to an 11,000 lb boat

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