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post #6 of Old 06-15-2009
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Originally Posted by Cruisingdad View Post
This is similar to how we do it, but without the ratcheting straps. How do those hold up in salt water?

- CD

PS MAKE SURE YOU TAKE OUT THE PLUG!!!!!! Or you may wake up to ripped out davits/dink.
I buy the ratchet straps from Costco, a set of four good sized ones for under $20. The boat cruises six months a year and then sits on the hard for the other six months. The straps and dink are on the arch 12 months a year. I use a new set every two years, the ratchets still work fine (lube them every so often) and although I have never had a strap fail I am afraid of the nylon straps going due to degradation from the sun, so new ones every couple of years does it. . The boat is in FL and the Bahamas all year and gets lots of sun! The ratchets are far superior to trying to secure a dink in davits with lines.

Rick I
Toronto in summer, Bahamas in winter.

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