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russlars 02-12-2008 01:29 AM

Transom Tie Down Straps
I was curious as to what people are using for tie down straps on their MasterCrafts. The attachment eye on the boat and trailer are positioned to the inside of the swim platform bracket and with such a small distance between the platform and the transom of the boat, it looks like the only way that I could get a transom strap hook in there is to remove the swim platform everytime I strap it down. As a result, I have not been using straps. However, it makes me nervous to not strap down the transom on a longer trip. Also, how do you protect the transom of your boat from the straps and hook rubbing on the gelcoat and leaving a mark? By the way my boat is a 1999 Prostar 205 and the trailer is a DHM with a boat buddy loading system.

h2oskifreak 02-12-2008 01:59 AM

I have an "old school" Stars & Stripes" so I don't know if this will work for you but I have the slickest "ratchet style" tie downs. I had trailer work done and they mounted the straps and ratchet right to the trailer so they always stay on the trailer. They are as long or as short as you want. I had the same issue before these guys set me up. I bought 3 sets (all too long). I have owned lots of boats and these are killer. I hope you can find them and they will adapt because they can't be beat. P.M. me if you don't understand and I will get the brand from the trailer place that installed them.

Chicago190 02-12-2008 02:07 AM

I use a ratchet strap across the top of the boat (above the engine cover) that attaches to the two eye hooks on each of the trailer fenders. I put small towels underneath the strap where it touches the hull.

KnoxX2 02-12-2008 04:41 AM

Never use them!

Chief 02-12-2008 06:58 AM

I use them since I had the opprotunity to see how my boat bounces around on the trailer.

ShamrockIV 02-12-2008 09:09 AM

i am waiting to get my ratcheting straps that attach to the trailer delivered!! i have never used them in the past but it is a haul to CSM!

flipper 02-12-2008 12:08 PM

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I have these and love them. Don't have to worry about remembering what you did with the straps, and they work great.

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sand2snow22 02-12-2008 12:18 PM


Originally Posted by flipper
I have these and love them. Don't have to worry about remembering what you did with the straps, and they work great.

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These are what I use, they work well....

ShamrockIV 02-12-2008 12:23 PM

anyone got a pic of them on boat?
just wondering how they fit with transom saver and also where they come up with the platform on? thanks

TMCNo1 02-12-2008 12:29 PM

I never use them, cause the transom eye bolts are above the platform and the platform is in the way. I don't care to use the gunnel strap, from trailer fender eye to trailer fender eye across the boat in front of the rear seat and if the boat would bounce it can pinch the boat sides/deck in and create stress crack on the gelcoat.

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