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Old 08-26-2013   #11
Thronton, Colorado
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I second the webbing. I also converted last year, and I use a cam buckle on mine as well.

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Old 08-26-2013   #12
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I used a boat earlier this year that had 1" webbing as perimeter line. I hated it.
1 - Was rough on the hands when we were picking the boat up to carry it down the ramp into the water.
2 - I got my hand caught between my body and the raft while holding on to the rope when getting back in to the raft after a planned swim. As one of the guys in the boat pulled me in the edge of the webbing drug across my finger and pealed the skin off my first knuckle on my pointy finger. Bled like a stuck pig and hurt like hell.

So I'm going to stick with 5/8" no stretch rope.


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Old 08-26-2013   #13
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I went with something similar to cataraftgirl. Two loop straps off the rear d-ring and tubular webbing all the way around. Extra fabric under the cam buckle to avoid wear. Easy to adjust and the webbing is much softer than normal straps. I previously used rope and like the webbing setup much better.
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Old 08-26-2013   #14
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I used a super stiff - non flex rope on my raft, and I have regretted it every time I've launched. It has negligible amounts of flex, but that also means that it is a supreme bitch to tie knots in - meaning that the hitch that I'm using to hold it in place is ugly and huge.

I'll be switching to a version of what cataraftgirl is doing soon.
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Old 08-26-2013   #15
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In my earlier post I said I use polypro webbing. My bad, it's polyester webbing. Softer and doesn't dry out and become stiff like polypro. Polypro is stronger. It's what cam straps are made of, but it does get a bit stiff after getting wet and dirty. The polyester is softer on the hands than the polypro. Just don't use nylon webbing because of the stretch.

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