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06-05-2013 04:03 PM
Re: Ratchet straps

If you can reserve 1 hour of the canvas mans time to take them to the shop and wait it shouldn't take more than that to set the straps into a loop and any other reinforcements you want around your original rachets..

I watched my wife replace ours and sew the replacement straps in less than 1/2 hour on her Sail rite machine.
06-05-2013 01:18 PM
Re: Ratchet straps

I second the recommendation above for StrapWorks
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They have many combination of ends and loops. Hardware and ratchets are available in stainless. Webbing is available in UV resistant materials in verious load ratings (widths & thicknesses). My experience was good. Good luck, Bob
05-22-2013 03:38 PM
Re: Ratchet straps

Buy some cheap ones from Home Depot as a temporary measure. Then, have your old ones restitched at the canvass shop. If you want and the temporary straps look no worse for ware return them to HD for a refund - they weren't suitable for the intended job.

The straps at HD are around $14 to $18 for what you need. So even if you don't return them you'll only be out less than $20 and they are useful on land as well.
05-22-2013 12:18 PM
Re: Ratchet straps

Originally Posted by cvsheppard View Post
Here is a site that might offer you a suitable rachet.
Thanks for the link. I'm not sure if 304 stainless is good enough or not. The ratchets don't typically soak with salt water, but I'm sure 316 is better. I know what I have are SS, but no idea what grade.

The most interesting thing is that no one, including this vendor, seems to sell a ratchet with a loop on one end to tie off with a larks head. It seems so simple. I really don't want a clip on the stanchion and even wrapping the stanchion and then clipping it back on its own webbing would seem to allow for chafing.

I got through to the prior owner who claims to have only purchased from Kato, including the odd looking third tie down.

I can't believe I may dump a couple hundred dollars on tie downs. That's crazy.
05-22-2013 11:15 AM
Re: Ratchet straps

Here is a site that might offer you a suitable rachet.
05-21-2013 09:56 PM
Re: Ratchet straps

Originally Posted by Captainmeme View Post
What is wrong with just replacing the strap? And why do you have to leave it at the canvass shop? The canvass guy just needs to know the width and length of the strap and how long to make the loop
The strap is permanently sewn onto a hook at one end and the ratchet on the other.
05-21-2013 10:04 AM
Re: Ratchet straps

They all have sort of a loop where the hook is sewn on. I would personally just use a pair of hardware store ones (they make some nicer ones these days although not stainless) as a spare while the others are repaired and keep them as a spare. The issues with using hardware ones long term are the rust and the fact that most of the webbing on those is not designed for long term UV resistance although I suppose you could use 303 to help in that regard.
05-21-2013 10:03 AM
Re: Ratchet straps

bigger loop and a luggage tag/larks head knot.
05-21-2013 09:55 AM
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I see what your concern is now, makes sense. I think I got mine from Costco, it does have a loop in the end but how to get it around your stanchion? Mine have a hook the I put through the loop, not 100% secure but your right, it could fall into the drink. Maybe a carabiner ?
05-21-2013 09:52 AM
Re: Ratchet straps

Got a sewing machine? Done.
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