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Retractable Ratchet Straps Photo © by Craig Nicholson

Have you ever tried Retractable Ratchet Straps? Used to be that every time I fastened the backs of my two Sea-Doo GTX S 155 watercraft to my Triton PWC Trailer, I thought to myself…“There must be a better way!” Like experienced Sea Doo riders and beginners, I’d tried ropes, regular tie down straps and ratchet straps. None are as quick or easy as I’d like. Sure, if I take my time, I can make my PWC’s secure, but there’s too much fiddling around and untangling of straps. Then I spotted a Triton trailer with built in tie downs (now included on most Triton PWC Trailers) and discovered the functionally named “Rear Retractable Ratchet Straps” and here’s my product review…

How Retractable Ratchet Straps Work

Rear Retractable Ratchet Straps bolt on to the trailer frame so they’re always in the right place and handy when needed…one under each rear corner of each PWC, four in all. The ratchet mechanism works similarly to others, enabling me to loosen them off or tighten them up conveniently – and because of their location, the Rear Retractable Ratchet Straps snug each watercraft down effortlessly aided by the weight of gravity from each PWC. So far they are working great and I love not having to be constantly taking off and messing with my old tie downs. But are there any downsides for self guided, Sea Doo tour adventures?

Possible Downsides to Retractable Ratchet Straps

One is that because Rear Retractable Ratchet Straps are permanently installed, I have to be careful with the hooked ends after they are unhooked from each Sea Doo. They can’t be left dangling loose because they might get sucked up into the impeller when a PWC is backed off (or driven on) the trailer. To avoid this, I hook the loose ends onto the trailer frame and take up any slack with the ratchet.

Another potential downside is getting the ratchet mechanisms wet, which could lead to rust and seizure. Same goes, I guess if the trailer is used on many dusty roads where grit and sand could jam it up. I’m trying to avoid either complication with generous sprays of WD40, but only time will tell if this is the best way to keep the ratchets operating properly.

Finally, although I haven’t encountered this problem yet with the Rear Retractable Ratchet Straps, I have occasionally had trouble getting other ratchets to release after being tight while transporting my PWCs. I finally figured out that sometimes, the watercraft might have shifted forward slightly putting more strain on the ratchet mechanism than was present when I originally closed the lever. I resolved this by either shifting the unit a bit or having someone sit on its end to lower it fractionally. It’s also less likely to happen if I snug up the front end to the trailer prior to fastening the back.

These considerations aside, I don’t have to be concerned about losing a tie down anymore, while releasing and fastening my Sea Doo watercraft at any launch is a breeze. My verdict is that this added value product is a must-have for ease and convenience, especially if you do a lot of towing like I do for your Sea Doo tours! Rear Retractable Ratchet Straps are available from your Triton dealer and included on most of their PWC trailers.

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The tips and advice in this article are the opinions of the author, may not work in every situation and are intended only for the convenience and interest of the reader, who has the personal responsibility to confirm the validity, accuracy and relevancy of this information prior to putting it to their own use.

 

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