Hobie Cat Forums

It is currently Sun Aug 31, 2014 3:22 am

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 3:09 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Deck Hand

Joined: Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:27 pm
Posts: 11
Location: Birmingham, AL
I am close to finishing building my H18 trailer. Choosing a tie down method is next. Why on earth does this Hobie tie down kit cost $90+-? The pictures of the kits for sale show a bag of straps and maybe some hardware. I don't mind paying extra for some added safety, or made in the USA parts, but this seems a tad steep. Anyone using these straps? What is so special about them?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 7:47 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Captain

Joined: Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:20 pm
Posts: 44
I could not spend that much on some straps! I use ratchet straps, but I also have 4 cradles instead of rollers.

_________________
Double Take
91 H18SX
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 8:25 am 
Offline
Site Admin

Joined: Tue May 27, 2003 12:44 pm
Posts: 8978
Location: Oceanside, California
WheelchairMD wrote:
I am close to finishing building my H18 trailer. Choosing a tie down method is next. Why on earth does this Hobie tie down kit cost $90+-? The pictures of the kits for sale show a bag of straps and maybe some hardware. I don't mind paying extra for some added safety, or made in the USA parts, but this seems a tad steep. Anyone using these straps? What is so special about them?


1794 is $81.99 (USA USD 5/2013)

The kit includes straps and 4 stainless (Bow) tangs to mount on the hull lips for easy attachment points (Bow tangs $11.99 Each List / $47.96) and attachment hardware for the trailer end as well.

_________________
Matt Miller
Director of Parts and Accessory Sales
Hobie Cat USA


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 9:04 am 
Offline
Site Rank - Old Salt

Joined: Sun Aug 26, 2007 5:40 am
Posts: 410
Location: Metuchen NJ
I installed the stainless tie-down tangs on my boat many years ago. They are convenient as the strap hook holds from the tang, negating a strap over the hulls that can cause a wear spot, or over the crossbars.

My only gripe is the tangs trapezoidal shape has corners one has to avoid, lest getting jabbed by them when climbing aboard from the water. Maybe the shape has been changed over the years?

_________________
Chris
'88 H18SE Arís


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 9:15 am 
Offline
Site Rank - Old Salt

Joined: Mon May 09, 2005 10:25 am
Posts: 2553
Location: Jersey Shore
As stated above, largely what you're paying for with this kit is convienience. The straps engage into a custom bracket that you mount to the flange of the hull and the other end of the strap remains fixed to the trailer, so no parts to lose, relocate, re-adjust, etc. It sets up the same everytime once you get the lengths sorted.

You can achieve equivalent strapping force with a $20 set of ratchet straps or $5 worth of old mainsheet. They may not be as convienent, but a lot cheaper and tend to work well enough once you get a system figured out.

sm


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 8:00 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Deck Hand

Joined: Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:27 pm
Posts: 11
Location: Birmingham, AL
Thanks guys!
Exactly the info I needed. Since I will be storing the boat on the trailer, I did not want straps over the hulls. Cradles hopefully will be fabricated this weekend. The wife will be out of town and I can borrow the oven. :wink: :wink:


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 3:43 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Deck Hand

Joined: Sat Aug 03, 2013 9:50 pm
Posts: 2
I bought a #1794 tie down kit and I'm preparing to mount it on my H18. Anyone have pictures of a correctly mounted kit? The pictures in the instructions are of an older version with different hooks. The kit I received has flat S hooks. The bow tangs have only 5/16" holes and the hooks and bolts are all 3/8". Am I missing parts? Should I install bow shackles as loops?


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Yahoo [Bot] and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group