View Full Version : Tie down on a Stars and Stripes

05-24-2012, 09:56 AM
I just aquired an '84 Stars and Stripes. Is there a way to use transom tie downs when hauling the boat on the trailer? It looks like the only way is to run through the teak deck which I am assuming would mess that up. My buddy's Ski Supreme's deck has about a 2 inch gap so he runs his without issue. Any ideas of what someone else has done? Pics?


05-24-2012, 10:42 AM
I covered the "S" hooks on the tiedowns with rubber hose and hook them to the swim platform brackets.

05-24-2012, 11:31 AM
Great idea. Did you have to have some hooks or something welded to your trailer?

Miss Rita
05-24-2012, 12:29 PM
I covered the "S" hooks on the tiedowns with rubber hose and hook them to the swim platform brackets.

I'm skeptical that the screws/bolts on the swim platform brackets, or even the brackets themselves, are strong enough to use as tie downs. They're designed to hold the weight of perhaps 2-3 people standing or sitting on the platform, not the high momentary loads that occur while trailering. You may want to rethink your options.

05-24-2012, 12:54 PM
I just dont use rear tie downs since I trailer it a mile to the ramp...

Let me go hide in the corner and put my flame suit on now ;)

05-24-2012, 01:14 PM
Try going from the trailer frame, up over the hull and back down to the other side of the frame. Works well and more secure.

05-24-2012, 02:19 PM
Think I may go with the last post. Thanks for all the input.

05-24-2012, 03:40 PM
We also have been known to throw towels under to protect the hull.

05-27-2012, 03:20 AM
Even the 04 209 I have has Stainless U bolts going through the transom under the swim platform on each side, pretty simple process vs re-inventing the wheel,
and ends up about a foot long cam action strap to trailer grab point.

ted shred
05-27-2012, 04:41 PM
I go from the u bolts down the sides of the platform to the tie down points on the rear of the trailer.