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Old 04-02-2015   #1
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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Where do you attach your winch?

Where do you attach the winch cable when loading your raft onto a trailer? I have used the front d ring and I am afraid this might eventually cause problems with said d ring. I'm looking for any other ideas for attaching the winch cable to load my raft onto the trailer.

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Old 04-02-2015   #2
Eagle, Colorado
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One inch webbing beanered to corners of the frame (I have stainless steel rings pre-rigged for attaching to motor rigs), then down thru the front D-ring.

I cringe every time I see someone just clip onto the front D-ring, but plenty of people do it.

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Old 04-02-2015   #3
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Tow Strap Solution

I use a 20' yellow tow strap that had loops already sewn on each end. Put one loop over each oar lock and it forms a V underneath the bow of the boat. Had the center of the strap sewn so that a caribiner is centered at the v and I can load the boat by myself without backing the trailer into the water. The v lifts up the bow of the boat up as you winch it onto the roller and it can be easily loaded with just me. All of the pull weight is on the frame as opposed to one or two d-rings.
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Old 04-02-2015   #5
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I just make my kids haul the boat.
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Old 04-02-2015   #6
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Always to your frame. I've heard of people hooking onto the horns.

Nonsense, I have not yet begun to defile myself
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Old 04-02-2015   #7
Eagle, Colorado
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I use a 3 point self equalizing anchor to the front three d-rings. Need lots of webbing though. Distributes weight equally between the three. Just like peeling off a pinned boat or anchoring to two trees on the shore.
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Old 04-02-2015   #8
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Webbing loops tied to frame. Webbing with biners attached. I was was told to run it between the tube and floor. Can load it by myself.
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Old 04-03-2015   #9
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Thanks all! Going to try anchoring to my oar towers as bgarnick suggested.

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Old 04-07-2015   #10
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I run a 1" sling from front d ring inside raft through the gap between SB floor and up the front of raft. Lifts the front nicely onto trailer roller. Will at Ark Welding talked me into the 2500# winch from Murdochs. It's a beast hauled my 16' RiverCat out on about a 40 degree ramp fully loaded! Go see Will if you need trailer welding he's the best.

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