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I just had a friend suggest rather that using the dinghy line to lash it to the deck when being stored why not use a couple of those "rachet" sp? nylon tie downs...I just realized I have never seen any being used but seems like it would make a lot more sense...very strong and easy to tighten/loosen etc..
 

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I just had a friend suggest rather that using the dinghy line to lash it to the deck when being stored why not use a couple of those "rachet" sp? nylon tie downs...I just realized I have never seen any being used but seems like it would make a lot more sense...very strong and easy to tighten/loosen etc..

If you are out in salt enviroment they will corrode very rapidly and tend to be a pain when the nylon webbing is wet...
 

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If you are out in salt enviroment they will corrode very rapidly and tend to be a pain when the nylon webbing is wet...
I disagree with jody.

I think this is an excellent idea, just don't use the nylon. Find the polypropylene straps that wont rot or retain water.

Like these from Cajun TieDowns:
http://www.cajuntiedowns.com/proddetail.asp?prod=Tie_Down_2IR_Boat_SHook

Tie Down - 2 Inch Ratchet - Boat -Gunwhale - S Hook

This boat tie down has been designed with an extra long anchor end which puts the ratchet over the boat where it is easily reachable. The overall length is 12 feet. Made from the highest quality polypropylene, these straps will not rot, mildew, or retain water, and are resistant to oil, grease, and acid they also have high abrasion resistance.
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Price: $16.50


Although, UV might still break down the straps after a few years use, but at only $16 a pop, sounds like its still a feasible option.
 

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Et voila!

http://www.discountmarinesupplies.com/Tie_Downs_Accessories-STARBRITE_MULTI_PURPOSE_RATCHET_TIE_DOWN_STRAP.html

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1" polypropylene webbing with all stainless steel ratchet. Thread tag end into stainless steel ratchet and take in slack to secure any load. 16' long 1 per pack

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I'd venture, if you're to use them, that nylon is superior to polypropylene in all the areas ChicagoNewport27 cites, especially abrasion and UV resistance. My experience with them tends to support somewhat artbyjody's impressions though. Whichever type you pick, I'd get extra because it's not at all unlikely that they'll jam up to the point where you'd be most inclined to cut them off rather than fight with them any further. Other than that, a great idea.
 

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I've used a varity of these tie downs and had no problems with them. You do need to do maintenance on the cadium plated steel rackets. But that is a bit of WD-40 or other spray oils of that nature. Yes you do have to do the maintenance. About 2 to 3 minutes per tie-down. Maintenance :eek:
 

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You're better off with polyester webbing, since the polypropylene is much weaker and much more subject to UV degradation... The stainless steel ratchets are usually not marine-grade stainless, and will need to be washed down regularly and sprayed with WD-40, Boeshield T9 or something similar. BTW, nylon tends to stretch a lot more than polyester, especially when wet... so if you strap something down with the straps wet...and they dry out, you may have a problem... and vice versa.
 

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I'll stand by my original post as I tried it... the issue comes in the case of an emergency and that dinghy is YOUR life raft... do you want to fiddle with why it doesn't release due to water, humidity, or corrosion or does a simple bowmans knot do the trick to getting it off deck and in use...I did the exact idea you want to use - and it took way more time to get it to release than it it did to secure it... sometimes sailor knots are your best friend and you may want to keep that in perspective....
 

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This is a waste of money, and just makes more maintenance, more failure points, and less useful than a length of line.
 

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I'll stand by my original post as I tried it... the issue comes in the case of an emergency and that dinghy is YOUR life raft... do you want to fiddle with why it doesn't release due to water, humidity, or corrosion or does a simple bowmans knot do the trick to getting it off deck and in use...I did the exact idea you want to use - and it took way more time to get it to release than it it did to secure it... sometimes sailor knots are your best friend and you may want to keep that in perspective....
If it's an emergency and you need to use your dinghy as a life raft, I wouldn't try to undo the ratchet straps or knots, I'd just cut them. It makes more sense

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