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Boat Trailering Guys:,
I am placeing my 23ft Grady White (6000 lbs.) on a bunk trailer. What type of strap is best for my boat and trailer (alluminum)Gunnel or Transome? Some people say the transome straps are not adaquate and will not hold a heavy boat. I was trying to avoid climbing on and off of the boat to attach a gunnel strap but secutity and safety are more important. What do you recommend?
Answered on: 2/2007
If the boat fits the trailer properly my preference is to use transom straps. Transom straps prevent both vertical and lateral movement whereas gunwale straps (in some circumstances) only prevent vertical movement. If the end of the trailer is flush with the transom of your boat the transom straps should work fine. If the transom of the boat extends beyond the trailer then you should use the gunwale straps. Don't forget to put a safety chain on the bow eye of your boat as well.
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