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“Better Boat” ratchet straps VS Boat Buckle straps?

Berberman

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Anyone tried Better Boat’s ratchet straps? The 2” ones go for 55 dollars, not many reviews but mostly positive, and some facebook jetboat groups mention them positively as well…They’re much cheaper than the 130 dollar Boat Buckles, and they’re both advertised to be stainless steel…

https://www.amazon.com/Boat-Retractable-Ratchet-Trailer-Transom/dp/B09FCF8NLD/ref=rvi_sccl_1/139-0500025-2156712?pd_rd_w=8aDuz&content-id=amzn1.sym.f5690a4d-f2bb-45d9-9d1b-736fee412437&pf_rd_p=f5690a4d-f2bb-45d9-9d1b-736fee412437&pf_rd_r=3FMW6TRC60QH71333DX4&pd_rd_wg=zuig1&pd_rd_r=811128c0-38ec-4056-ab7a-ff299da7111e&pd_rd_i=B09W4QP3N1&th=1
 

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I wouldn't get the 1" version, but if they have a 2" guess you could give that a go. I opted to pay the extra money and get the stainless boat buckles. They've been great on my boat for about 2 years. Biggest complaint on the boat buckles is the mounting hardware. Like everyone else I just went to Ace Hardware and for a few $ had stainless hardware to thru bolt my ratchet straps. I got lucky drilling my holes and didn't knick my wires. I should have just taken the lights off and made sure. Only way that's coming off is if it rips a hole in my trailer and I've got bigger problems if that happens. Also hit the holes with some cold galvanizing spray paint. I don't really boat in salt, BUT for the rare instances I might.
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I wouldn't get the 1" version, but if they have a 2" guess you could give that a go. I opted to pay the extra money and get the stainless boat buckles. They've been great on my boat for about 2 years. Biggest complaint on the boat buckles is the mounting hardware. Like everyone else I just went to Ace Hardware and for a few $ had stainless hardware to thru bolt my ratchet straps. I got lucky drilling my holes and didn't knick my wires. I should have just taken the lights off and made sure. Only way that's coming off is if it rips a hole in my trailer and I've got bigger problems if that happens. Also hit the holes with some cold galvanizing spray paint. I don't really boat in salt, BUT for the rare instances I might.
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Which trailer guides are you using? Came of the water last Friday just when a storm was moving. Big gust of wind turned me sideways just as I was coming on the trailer and snap off o e of mine (plastic).
 

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have any of you noticed the straps are bending the mount tabs on the Shorland'r trailers? Mine keep bending backwards( towards rear of trailer ) - my guess is that the straps might be stretching so when the boat shifts while in transport it causes the bends. i made some 1/4" steel plates im welding to the trailer to prevent this from happening. Im using boat buckles that purchased a few months ago. And i am checking that the straps are not loose before driving.
 

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have any of you noticed the straps are bending the mount tabs on the Shorland'r trailers? Mine keep bending backwards( towards rear of trailer ) - my guess is that the straps might be stretching so when the boat shifts while in transport it causes the bends. i made some 1/4" steel plates im welding to the trailer to prevent this from happening. Im using boat buckles that purchased a few months ago. And i am checking that the straps are not loose before driving.
thru bolt them. Those holes/tabs are crap.
 

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I bought these recently because I'm an idiot and had to cut one of my straps off when I forgot to unhook it while launching:

Strapinno 2PCS Stainless Steel Retractable Ratchet Straps (1 7/8 in x 4 ft) Transom Tie-Downs for Boat Trailer - Extra Mounting Brackets & Bolt Set, Safety Latch S-Hook, Break Strength 1,650LBS/750KG https://a.co/d/4e0WTKw
 
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