Re: Ratchet straps
Minne, all ratchet straps aren't created equally. I bought a set of lightweight ones at Home Depot last year for my bimini and they didn't make it through the season (ratchets broke).
I'd think the expensive part is the stainless steel ratchets and you should be able to buy a better quality set at Home Depot and use the straps.
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