Originally Posted by Conundrum
Polyester>polypro>nylon for strength to weight, stretch resistance, sun fading, and mildew. Strapworks has a good selection of each type.
Iíve had different types of ropes and straps for perimeter lines on a few different rafts. What Iíve settled on as my favorite now is two long 1Ē polyester cam straps ran through the d rings. You can adjust tension at either end of the boat, take off easily when you want, less likely to snag flies when youíre fishing, good breaking strength, doesnít sun fade, and doesnít stretch. I donít tie off at each D ring. If you need to cut it in a rescue, you can cut anywhere to free it.
I like this idea but I'm going to modify it a bit.
I just bought some tubular polyester webbing and some of those double cam buckles on an earlier post from strapworks. I'm going cut it into 2 pieces, tie each piece to the stern d ring, then put the double cam buckle on one side of the bow d ring.
My current single strap is sun faded and tough to get fully tight sometimes because all the friction through all the d rings means only part of it wants to slide when I tighten... having 2 pieces should make that easier to fine tune but my plan will only be adjusted at the front.
If my plan doesn't adjust as easily as I think it will I'll until from the stern d ring and put another double cam there.