View Poll Results: do you tie boats on with straps or rope?
straps 40 83.33%
rope 8 16.67%
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Old 12-11-2006   #11
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Ropes, because Marty Cronin only steals straps.

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Old 12-11-2006   #12
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Originally Posted by COUNT
"The owner of the car must always tie the boats on. He knows how he wants it done."-Corran Addison
Yup, Corran's got it right.

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Old 12-11-2006   #13
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if my boats are getting tied on top of someone else's car, i like to at least have some input if i'm right there. how someone else wants it done isn't always good enough. the two times that i spoke of earlier that my boats fell off someone else's car, i was not there to load my boat. both times i drove up on my friends picking up boats off the road. when your boat hits the pavement at 50mph it does a lot of damage. keep that in mind when you are hauling your friends boats around, and always use a bow and stern line.
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Old 12-11-2006   #14
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We (some members of our group, I actually had nothing to do with the boats, driving, or tying) lost a 2Fun off the roof doing 75 on I-25 driving home from the Poudre. The nose slipped out from from the front strap, the wind caught the boat and flipped up (vertical) off the car and landed in the middle of the highway. It got tagged by two cars before a semi hit the stern and it flew up in the air. Amazingly, the other three boats stayed on the roof and the only damage to the boat was the set of tire marks on the stern!

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Old 12-12-2006   #15
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ropes. I had a strap buckle fail once. I have never totally trusted a buckle ever since. I have never had a rope failure.
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Old 12-12-2006   #16
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Why not just throw em in the back o your truck?

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Old 12-12-2006   #17
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Rope or Straps

Cowboys use rope, sailors use line, boaters use straps (usually those of other boaters - Hey, that's MY strap! ) for tying down boats or girlfriends.
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Old 12-12-2006   #18
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Thin straps (1/2") & knots. Properly done knots never fail. Cams, on the other hand, do break occassionally.

If I'm driving, I tie 'em on my vehicle, then usually get the owner to inspect & approve, so it's their responsibility if they don't like my tying method. If someone else is driving, I usually ty my own, with the exception of a few well-trusted friends.
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Old 12-14-2006   #19
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Straps really can't trust them. They always seem to loosen up so i end up tying a half hitch at the buckle anyway!
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Old 12-14-2006   #20
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Jeez, what straps are you guys using? I have an NRS strap holding two large aspens together in my yard for 2 years. No stretching, breaking. They are 40 ft aspens and yes its a little ghetto but it keeps em from rubbing on my deck.

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