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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.
My problem is the other way around. The ratchets I have from Kato are solid. It's the webbing that is old and chafing. I could just have new webbing sewn on, but would like another set anyway. It's often haunted me that one could break underway, or end up in the drink and I would be stuck to move on.
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