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Re: How do I keep travelift slings from topsides
I can't believe it ! When we purchased our boat, there were several strips of carpet aboard, approx 12" x 60", with a hole poked through one end and strings attached. I never figured out what they were for until just now! The PO must have tied them to the lifelines to pad the slings. He was extremely OCD, so he would have wanted to protect the painted topsides. The fibers were constantly coming out, so I tossed them some time ago, but a better carpet could have been used.
Anyway, our marina uses what looks like small yoga pads. I'm not sure they would prevent the shearing that the OP is looking to prevent, as much as they keep buckles and hard stuff from scratching the paint.
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