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Old 03-18-2021, 10:27 AM
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Towed the boat from Ohio to Florida for a couple weeks. While on the road in Georgia to Florida we were pretty much back and forth with a guy from Michigan on 75. I couldnít believe he had a 22í center console no straps on the back or gunnal strap. Just the winch strap was all he had. Not that Iím a saint but thatís crazy. I donít even drive 2 blocks without straps! Maybe Iím not the norm.
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Get a ticket in Florida.
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Old 03-18-2021, 10:45 AM
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Everything is always fine.... right up until it isn't!

Lot's of people use the likely incident as the lowest common denominator for safety and preparedness- it's just us "overprepared" guys that plan for what could happen... and usually don't end up on youtube..
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I use my stern straps. That said, I think they serve little purpose beyond keeping the boat properly positioned on the bunks over rough roads. While that alone is a worthy consideration to use them, I donít think itís quite the matter of public safety some would believe. Iíve never seen a boat wreck with the boat still perfectly strapped to the trailer. When the shit REALLY hits the fan...I doubt they do much good.
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Old 03-18-2021, 11:05 AM
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See it all the time. WOuld never do it myself beyond very short trips close to the house at low speed. I don't think twice about running the 1 mile to the gas station or from the neighborhood ramp to the house, but that's my limit.
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I use my stern straps. That said, I think they serve little purpose beyond keeping the boat properly positioned on the bunks over rough roads. While that alone is a worthy consideration to use them, I donít think itís quite the matter of public safety some would believe. Iíve never seen a boat wreck with the boat still perfectly strapped to the trailer. When the shit REALLY hits the fan...I doubt they do much good.

It may not help much if there is a serious wreck as you say, but how many times is there not a serious wreck and the boat comes off the trailer? There are many times where someone gets cut off, slams the brakes and a boat comes off the trailer, usually more of a danger to the boat than the public as you say but it happens way more often than needed.
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At highway speeds it’s extremely stupid. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen boats bounce a few inches up and down off the trailer over bumpy sections of road, can’t be good for the stringers or anything for that matter. That being said, I frequently tow without them to the ramp but it’s exactly 1 mile from my house and I stay 25 mph or less.
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Chain and turnbuckle on the bow eye so you don't wear it as a hat.
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I never use my stern straps on my normal trip to the ramp a mile away, but anything longer I try to remember to put them on. I’m pretty sure it’s the law around here.

last summer I towed my square back canoe about 6 hours. When I got there the ratchet strap I had run over the stern was gone. I thought to myself, that’s why it seemed like the trailer was bouncing so much... it was tossing the canoe in the air on all Bumps characteristic of the good PA roads.
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I used to be more casual going short distances to the ramp. Then one day I saw a 30+ Contender half on / half off the trailer in the middle of the road near the Wrightsville Beach NC boat ramp. The story I heard is that he was heading 1/2 mile back to the house and cut a corner a little tight. Trailer wheel went up on curb, boat bounced off the trailer on to the road. I'd prefer not to be "that guy".
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Not only do I use straps on the transom, I use straps at mid-ships as well. Not your ordinary flip-buckle straps either, but 8,000-lb working-load ratchet straps. - My dad experienced what can happen if the coupler comes off the ball of the truck. The chains did their job, but he believes if he'd not also been properly strapped, there's a good likelihood the boat would have separated from the trailer. Apparently, the trailer swung back/fourth wildly as he slowed from 60MPH.
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Straps on the transom serves no other purpose then to keep the trailer and boat as one unit if something were to happen.
Ever notice the pictures posted on here of boats in FLA separated from the trailer. Boat in the middle of the road and the trailer somewhere else?
TRANSOM STRAPS, when properly secured to transom eyes and trailer, restrict vertical and lateral movement of the boat to safely secure the boat to the trailer. Transom straps also restrict bouncing of the boat on the trailer bunks or rollers.
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When I bought my 20’ center console in 2009, I asked about tie down transom straps - the dealer said the boat was heavy enough it didn’t need them. First stop after parking the boat in the storage barn was West Marine for a set of straps, which have been in use ever since. Working for a dealer years ago, I have seen too much damage to boats, tow vehicles, and other vehicles because the boat came loose during a panic stop or shifted due to bumps in the road. No way I would tow without them, even for short runs to the ramp.
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Unless I am traveling more than 20-30 miles I don't use transom straps. Been doing that my whole life.
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Lots of people have gotten away with stupid stuff their whole life. Doesn't make it safe or okay.
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Not as dangerous as not wearing your lanyard but most people donít do that either.
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In Florida you're not the norm.
Maybe you should be more concerned about Ohio.
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Originally Posted by Ryan H. View Post
Unless I am traveling more than 20-30 miles I don't use transom straps. Been doing that my whole life.
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Lots of people have gotten away with stupid stuff their whole life. Doesn't make it safe or okay.
Depending on the study; 50-75% of auto accidents occur within 5-15 miles of home... All the more reason to secure your load properly, regardless the distance. It's tempting to skimp on-occasion, but it only takes a couple minutes. I for one would feel horrible if someone got hurt because I was lazy.
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I didn't always use them coming home from the local ramp, about 5 miles all under 35. Then one day the cop said to me he going to let me off with a warning because in Florida not having the back tied down is not a traffic violation but rather a criminal violation. He didn't want to give me a criminal record over this. That got my attention, now the straps are always on.
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Quite hard to justify laziness.

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