Originally Posted by Cruisingdad
This is similar to how we do it, but without the ratcheting straps. How do those hold up in salt water?
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.