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    Help! Cannot find extra short tie down straps

    Just bought a new 2012 Yahama VX Deluxe and dealer provided a used (but good condition) Zieman J-1B trailer.

    For my tow home the dealer used tie down straps from the trailer the the cleat on the PWC used for towing skiers. Which I have subsequently read is an incorrect technique, as the strap goes around the corner of the PWC and potentially could slip.

    The distance between the stern tie down eyes on the VX Deluxe to the trailer tie down eyes is only about 13 inches on each side. And all the straps that I've tried will not cinch that short, 14" is about as short any of them will go. I have the dealer's straps, expensive straps from West Marine, and cheap straps from Harbor Freight. They are all 1" wide straps and because of the way the straps are made, cannot be cinched down that short. (size of the hooks and the doubled over section of the straps sewn together that will not go through the cam or rachet mechanism.)

    I've searched the web extensively and the more popular marine/jetski sites, but none have any specs about the minimum length the straps will go.

    I've also looked at cris-crossing the straps, but they rub on the jet pump housing or other trailer parts.

    Anyone else dealt with this problem?

    Thanks for any assistance.


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    I saw a guy hook one end of the strap on the fender mount of the trailer, run it to the back of the trailer and run it through the strap bracket then to the stern tie down points.

    These are what I use:

    http://www.discountramps.com/boat-ti...FWYV7Aod90wAZg

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    I attach the buckle end to the strap mount point on the trailer and wrap under the frame and up to the stern tie down points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fink View Post
    These are what I use:
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    I use a very similar strap. They can be cinched up pretty short. They are kinda expensive, but they hold the ski very secure.

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    Post up some photos of the rear area of the watercraft and the trailer.

    You may be able to mount and use transom straps meant for boats. These have the ratchet mechanism bolted to the trailer, then the strap unspools to reach up to the retaining loop on the hull.

    Another possibility (without seeing your trailer) is to create new attachment locations on the trailer which would better accommodate the straps you have.

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    We bought these at Harbor Freight:

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    Only $14.99 for a PAIR.

    Mounted them "upside down" from what I would have thought I would, but the plastic protective back would have been right on the corner. Here's how it looks:

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    The nice thing is that they retract themselves. You pull the handle and they reel out like a fishing reel. Then they retract as you put them in place and you ratchet them to get them tight. Cheap, too! I was surprised to find this at Harbor Freight.

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    Buy a set of these and never look back! (they bolt on)
    http://www.amazon.com/BoatBuckle-Ret.../dp/B000KORVJY

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    I ordered some from custom tie downs and was very pleased; you can specify exactly what you want, shipping was very fast, and quality was very good.
    http://customtiedowns.com/

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    Whoopsie! I guess I posted this in the wrong thread earlier. Well, not quite the boat buckle, but:

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    $25.95 each or $51.95 for a pair. I've used this seller for quite a few things for the 18-wheeler and have always been satisfied with their products and especially their shipping! I mean, they're in Oregon and I'm in Louisiana. I have received some things the very next day.

    10' Self Retractable Ratchet Tie Down Strap Enclosed Trailer Cargo Strap

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    The only word of caution is that these get dunked in the water and those straps probably are not designed for that.

    The same seller has the purpose built transom straps for the same price.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/2ea-6-Transo...40949966371%26

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