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Old 04-04-2012   #1
 
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Organizing Cam Straps

Hello... long time boater, first time poster & boat owner.
I'm looking for the best ways to organize my straps.
Rowing a 13' cat, working with 2' - 3' - 4' - 9' - 12' straps.
Usually tangled in my bag. There's gotta be an easier way, right?
Searched threads here, found nothing useful.
Remember, I'm a new boat owner and ANY help is appreciated.
Thanks!

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Old 04-04-2012   #2
 
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Either braid them or roll them, then throw them in the bag. If you don't want to do this, find a first-timer to go down the river with you and have them do it. Talk up how big the water is going to be, what it's like to swim through huge waves when the boat flips, etc., and they'll do whatever you say. That's how it went for me in my first bucket-boat ride anyway. Bail, keep bailing!!! Re-roll the straps!!
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Get a strap tree from Zbaird at Raft fix. It's a couple of pieces of webbing sewn together that you feed all your different lengths on to short chunks of strap. It works great for managing a lot of shorter straps. longer ones are managed best rolled, but you'll need to bag them in between finding time to roll them.
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I have the colored coded NRS straps so it isn't as much of an issue finding the right length- but I take pairs of them and do a daisy chain with them. Then I throw them in a big mesh bag. When I need some straps- no tangles.
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What I've fallen into:
2'-4' - thread all the cam buckles onto a single strap of the same length
>6' - daisy chain together the number that I usually use for a rig (i.e. 4-6 cams in a single chain), then daisy chain a couple more to have ready to use on the river.
Roll everything else. For the rolls - fold the strap in half and pull a few inches of tail through the buckle. Roll it up from the fold, leaving the buckle on the outside. Thread the tail through the cam, cinching the whole thing. Won't unroll into a mess when you take the rig bag down the river with you.

Keep it all in a mesh bag. Be sure to wash the sand out periodically if you run desert rivers, it seems to eat away at the cam buckles faster than just fabric.
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This thread seemed to have a good setup, I use it and am a lowly kayaker:

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f...ion-32432.html
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Folded and tied.

I make each strap into a loop, fold it and then tie it in an overhand knot. Four ft or less just an overhand knot, 4-8 ft fold once then tied, 12 ft folded in thirds, etc. It is a lot faster than rolling and the straps don't tangle.
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I make each strap into a loop, fold it and then tie it in an overhand knot. Four ft or less just an overhand knot, 4-8 ft fold once then tied, 12 ft folded in thirds, etc. It is a lot faster than rolling and the straps don't tangle.
This is what I do too. Just fold it a few times and tie.

I have loop straps all over my cat though so most of my straps are already where I need them.
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I took my Dremel tool and marked the side of each buckle with its length in the same spot. I try to do all the other ideas suggested already but, when life is good, I spend more time using my straps than organizing them and find that if they are jumbled in a knot I can look at the buckles and know that the one I choose to untangle is long enough.

The bigger problem is searching for a strap of a certain length and then realizing my eyes and brain are not sychronized in their place in space and needing to pretend I have a use for 4' strap I intended to reach over the entire gear pile.
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I stopped rolling mine up. I just have some loose straps (no buckles) that i string up my straps on. I never have to unroll and reroll, or wait for them to dry

Each loose strap holds the same length straps. 2', 4', 6' etc
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