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Old 10-01-2022, 08:38 AM   #1
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Default Replacement trailer winch strap

Just noticed my winch strap is a bit frayed at the hook end. Mostly UV exposure. The winch itself is fine. Any recommendations on a decent strap replacement? From what I've seen polyester is the go-to for strength and minimum stretch. Also, a forged hook would be nice but maybe not essential.
Strap is standard 2" x 20 ft and boat is typical 21 ft bowrider ~4000 lb. Shoreline, Rhino, Fulton, Boat Buckle, others????
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Old 10-01-2022, 09:07 AM   #2
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A note: I bought a couple new ones off Amazon that are really nice, BUT they're "heavy-duty," which means they're thicker than what was on there and, to use them, I had to cut them way down because the bolt on the arm that holds the winch was cutting into them.

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I would stick with polyester. It is soft, strong, doesnít stretch, and doesnít absorb water. Because a boat is considered a rolling load and you probably have bunkie boards or rollers on your trailer you only need a strap rated for 2,000/2,500 lbs. That said, when replaced the strap on my 4,000 lb boat I put a 10,000 lb strap on. It was cheap in the overall cost of boating and it just made me feel a lot more comfortable. I donít remember the brand but I got it on Amazon. It had the most & highest ratings compared to others.


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A note: I bought a couple new ones off Amazon that are really nice, BUT they're "heavy-duty," which means they're thicker than what was on there and, to use them, I had to cut them way down because the bolt on the arm that holds the winch was cutting into them.

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Curious, how did you cut them down? Did you cut off the winch end loop and re-stitch?
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Curious, how did you cut them down? Did you cut off the winch end loop and re-stitch?
I cut the loop at the end that wraps around the bolt on the inside and sewed a new loop.

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Ended up with Rod Saver brand at Amazon. Spent too much time thinking about it. Too many choices. 16 footer instead of 20 but not important for what I do. When I unwrapped the old one I think about 15 feet of it looked new. Should have brought it to Think to do his seamstress magic on it.
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Ended up with Rod Saver brand at Amazon. Spent too much time thinking about it. Too many choices. 16 footer instead of 20 but not important for what I do. When I unwrapped the old one I think about 15 feet of it looked new. Should have brought it to Think to do his seamstress magic on it.
I assure you it is not seamstress level quality, but it works!

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You can just cut the worn end off and tie a bowline knot in the strap to attach the hook.
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You can just cut the worn end off and tie a bowline knot in the strap to attach the hook.
Thanks Dave. That would definitely work in a pinch if needed. Ratchet straps that I keep in the truck would also take care of it till I got home if it did break while loading.
New one is inexpensive and already purchased.
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I'm late to the party on this one, but I usually look to Harbor Freight or Tractor supply for things like this. Glad you found something.
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