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    Ski tow ring repair

    I have been using the tow ring on a '96 SLTH to tie down the stern onto the trailer during transport and have noticed that it is cracking around this ring. How do most people tie down the stern? Any ideas on how to repair the ring?

    I thought I would make a larger SS plate for the back side of the ring and either epoxy or fiberglass it in the inside of the hull. Any thoughts?

    Thanks.
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    Click avatar for tech links/info, donation request K447's Avatar
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    How exactly have you been strapping it down to the trailer?

    How tight?

    Any photos of the ski on the trailer?

    I am wondering if something is flexing or bouncing while the trailer is in motion, and adding stress to the rear strapping.

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    She likes the bike. But the ski gets her wet!!!! xlint89's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    How exactly have you been strapping it down to the trailer?

    How tight?

    Any photos of the ski on the trailer?

    I am wondering if something is flexing or bouncing while the trailer is in motion, and adding stress to the rear strapping.
    What he said ^^^^^^^

    And I think a nice thick piece of aluminum plate would work to repair it. Like 1/4" plate.

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    I was tying it down with two straps at angles to the trailer.(see picture) They were pulled tight, not the ratchet type, so I don't think I could get it too tight. The picture shows how I did it and what I was thinking of changing to. Is the strength of the handle sufficient for this arrangement?
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    The ring looks like it is twisting/rotating with the left side strap tension

    Perhaps part of the problem is using the ring rather than the hook for the straps

    With proper reinforcement and repair, the tow hook should be strong enough to handle the straps.

    The seat handle may not be - it is only plastic.

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    The ring is loose now and can rotate until I repair it. I thought maybe the ring is not designed to be side loaded. How do people without the tow ring tie down the stern?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiweeds View Post
    The ring is loose now and can rotate until I repair it. I thought maybe the ring is not designed to be side loaded. How do people without the tow ring tie down the stern?
    Usually like this:

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    ...at least that's the way I see it done most of the time.

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    that is how i do mine two seasons now and no problems and i don't have a bow stop just a strap at the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkindt View Post
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    ...at least that's the way I see it done most of the time.
    Exactly how I do it.

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    Thanks. I will attach the tie downs per the picture.

    I took the tow hook apart and the washer on the inside was bent concave. I replaced it with a 1/4" SS plate 4"x2" and reassembled it with caulk. Will have to see next summer to see how it holds up.

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