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BoatBuckle G2 Retractable, Ratcheting Transom Tie-Down Straps - Stainless Steel - 500 lbs - Qty 2
2" Wide x 43' long G2 tie-downs make securing your boat's stern to your trailer hassle-free. They feature a quick-release, self-retracting design, stainless steel construction, and permanent bolt-on installation. 1,500 lbs Max load.
BoatBuckle's second-generation transom tie-down straps bolt to the rear crossmember of your trailer and simplify the securing and unloading of your boat. These corrosion-resistant, stainless steel tie-downs are designed to keep constant tension on the strap and require minimal ratcheting to secure your load. Instead of always having to find and store tie-down straps that hook to the transom anchors on your boat, you will find that BoatBuckle's straps are always right where you need them. Just pull up on the hook and strap, attach the hook to the transom anchor, and then operate the ratchet several times. No more dealing with extra webbing or looking for the tie-down strap. And when unloading, simply push the release button on the ratchet, free the hook from the transom anchor, and let the strap retract back down into the ratchet.
You can mount the ratchet with the included bolt directly to the trailer frame or crossmember. If you need to angle the ratchet strap or move it a little farther off the frame, a universal mounting kit (IMF14254; sold separately) is available.
Note: Transom tie-downs should always be used along with a winch strap and a set of gunwale tie-downs. All straps and cables should be chosen according to their safe working load limit (WLL). To determine the maximum load, or break strength, of the strap, simply multiply the WLL by 3. The WLL is always one-third (1/3) of the maximum load. It is recommended that you always use straps in pairs.
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Today we are going to review Part Number IMF14256. These are the BoatBuckle G2 Retractable, Ratcheting, Transom Tie-Down Straps. These tie-downs will make securing your boats transom to your trailer quick and hassle free. They feature a quick release, self-retracting design. They are stainless steel construction and are a permanent bolt-on installation. These will tighten down quickly with the sure-grip rubber coated handle which makes it easy to grip and control with one hand.
The dual push button release is on each side and when the button is pushed, it releases the strap to extend out and it does retract back automatically. They do have a vinyl coated steel S hook which will help protect your boats finish. They do include the mounting hardware which will allow you to permanently mount to your trailer with the one bolt on each one. They do have a stainless steel body. The ratchet is a seatbelt quality polyester webbing all inside a sturdy plastic housing and on the inside is a stainless steel spring.
The dimension on the strap is 2 inches wide and 43 inches long. They have a maximum load strength or a breaking strength of 1,500 pounds. The actual safe working load limit would be one-third of that, or 500 pounds. This part number does include two transom ratchet straps and the mounting bolts. They do come with a one year limited warranty.
Just a quick demonstration; you actually bolt these ratchet straps to the rear cross member of your trailer and then you just extend them out and attach it to the transom anchors on your boat, like that. With the release button down, that will allow the strap to move in and out. When you pull up on the handle, it will lock in the release buttons. Underneath there is a little lever that when you hold up on that and then move the handle, that will allow you to ratchet it up and tighten down the transom of your boat to your trailer. Once it is all tight, you are ready to go.
When you are ready to unload the boat, you just push down on either side, the release button, remove the S Hook from your transom anchor and the strap will retract back into the housing. That should do it for Part Number IMF14256.
Average Customer Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (265 Customer Reviews)2" Wide x 43' long G2 tie-downs make securing your boat's stern to your trailer hassle-free. They feature a quick-release, self-retracting design, stainless steel construction, and permanent bolt-on installation. 1,500 lbs Max load.
by: Bobby S.11/07/2016
I only gave this product 3 out of 5 stars because of the hardware associated with the boat buckles. I bought these to replace boat buckles on my boat trailer that were old and tired. I have always had great luck with these on my boat trailers and wouldn't replace them with anything else. The installation is normally extremely simple but not with this set. This set is the stainless version and it comes with stainless fine thread bolts and top lock nuts. I have had experience with fine thread stainless bolts before and knew their tendency for galling. I did not know how these top lock nuts would work with fine thread stainless and galling but I got out the antiseize anyway. I coated one bolt with antiseize and started installation very, very slowly. Heat started to build immediately every time you would turn the nut a few revolutions. I began the process of turning the nut a few times and then walking away for a while. Then I would come back and do it again. I made it half way and the bolt galled and completely locked down. Once this happens, it will not turn either direction. I knew this but tried anyway and ultimately had to cut the bolt off the trailer with a hacksaw. What a major pain! The instructions do not tell you anything about this problem either. I have experience with this issue and tried my best to prevent it and completely failed. The boat buckles are great. Do yourself a favor and throw the hardware in the trash. Get some coarse thread bolts and nylocks to replace the junk that comes with this product. You will thank me. 314672
by: Gerry in Houston04/29/2014
Same comments/issues as with the bow tie down. The supplied bolts and nuts, in this case stainless steel material, could NOT be made up all the way and had to be cut off and replaced with bolts and nuts from a local hardware store. The supplied bolts and nuts have a self locking design that gets very tight after the nut is threaded on one full nuts worth. Then, no matter what tool, or size of cheater bar you use, you cannot tighten the nut the rest of the way on the long bolts. Especially laying on the driveway under a boat trailer, where your movements are constrained and all wrench slippage is punished by busted knuckles on a galvanized trailer. I had to cut the supplied bolts and nuts off and replace them with SS bolts and nuts from the hardware store, and use lock washers instead of the self locking nut design that came with the tie-down straps. I suggest the manufacturer drop their self locking design and start issuing lock washers immediately. Otherwise, the buckle design is convenient and good to use. 127896
I can't believe that etrailer has done nothing in three years to address the problem of the mounting nuts and bolts being incorrect, and therefor useless. The bolt and nut have two different threads. I read where people had complained about this problem back as far as 2013 and yet etrailer has done nothing to fix the problem. I just received my boatbuckles and when I went to mount them I couldn't with the supplied hardware. I ended up going to a hardware store and spend around ten bucks to get the correct nuts and bolts to use to mount the buckles. I just can't understand why they're aware of the problem and continue to ship them with the incorrect fitting nuts and bolts. After about fifteen years of buying from etrailer, this is my last order. It's incomprehensible that they'd do this knowing the end user can't mount the parts without having to discard the parts they paid for in the package and have to go out and spend more money getting what you need to use the buckles. Unbelieveable! 247787
by: Mark B07/07/2014
Thanks for asking. I love the service. I love the ratchet device, just what I wanted. The two mounting bolts that came with the unit were unusable. The first lock nut seized a good quarter inch before it could be tightened. I could not move it in either directions. Had to take reciprocating saw and cut bolt shank to remove. The second one I tried in my vice before I tried on boat trailer (just encase, the ole fool me once deal). This lock nut also seized about half way down the bolt shank. I literally bent the bolt shaft trying to back the nut off with a breakover bar. So, I used the bolts and nuts that I had removed from the old ratchet device I was replacing. It appears nuts and bolts were cheaply made from China. Nut should not have seized, and, I should not have been able to bend a 7/16" shank. 139638
by: Wayne G07/03/2015
Great product and easy to use and install. I don't know why I didn't buy these years ago. Ordering was easy and fast free shipping with tracking. Would recommend to anyone. 209055
Great product! My only complaint is with the mounting bolt provided. Stripped right away. Replaced it with a stainless bolt and good to go. 133765
by: Ray T.10/20/2016
I have had the Stainless Steel (SS) Boat Buckles for a year. They installed easily and perform flawlessly. I find them much more convenient and just as strong as any tie-down I've used with my 1500 lb. boat. Reviews on other websites indicated that the SS bolts used to install them suffered from galling. So I cut them shorter to eliminate excess threading, chamfered the cut end, polished them, used lithium grease as lube and STILL suffered galling on one of them during installation. I cut it off, bought a new matching bolt, repeated the steps and it went on fine. My boat is used in both salt and fresh water; the Boat Buckles have not suffered corrosion and work perfectly. I highly recommend them 309096
Straps are great. However, none of the nuts thread on the bolts. Need to buy new bolts in order to use the product. 222504
We purchased the stainless steel Boat buckle and we like the boat buckles themselves but the hardware that comes with them are useless. We spent 1/2 of a day trying to put them on but they would only screw down 1/3 of the way, I even put them in a vise and tried to screw them down but they still would not screw down any farther I finally went to the hardware store where I spent another $10.00 to buy new bolts and nuts that took us 5 minutes to put the buckles on the boat, we threw the ones that came with it in the garbage. So if you buy the boat buckles save yourself all the trouble and buy your own hardware. 200932
awesome product! If you have used the old cam buckle type straps then this will change your fishing/boating experience. Easy to install and easy to use. Pull the strap up and hook it on your boat, pull up on the ratchet handle, and done. When launching, use the release lever and the strap retracts. You will not have to remove the straps and store them while on the water. What took me so long? Well worth the investment and I bought the stainless that should last forever. Buy these and you will thank yourself, buy them as a gift and they will thank you every time they put the boat in the water! 110243
Bought these stainless steel G2 boat buckles to replace some on my ranger z522 boat trailer. Put them on boat trailer today, removed old ones and replaced with new in about 10 minutes. Was not able to use the accessory bolts that came with the G2's, they were not long enough...read some of the reviews about stainless hardware being a problem seizing...i bought some anti-seize at oreilly automotive just in case...stainless bolts and nuts will heat up and seize without the anti seize. I like the G2 boat buckle, especially the stainless steel, no more corrosion i hope? Time will tell. 297892
by: Boat Captain06/12/2013
I had these on my boat trailer for 5 years and they are awesome. I believe my original ones are not stainless so I opted for the upgrade to stainless this time, at almost double the cost, I think these will last even longer than the previous buckles. I mostly boat in salt water so stainless is a must. They fit great and work great, much better and easier than a transom strap all the way across the stern of the boat, these hold the boat tight in place. 84349
big heavy duty tie down strap. the only problem i had were the bolts that came with the strap. After removing old straps, i wanted to install new one with the "stainless" bolts that came with the set. Using a socket wrench i was unable to tighten the nut/bolt. The nut is self tightening, than the bolt broke. I had to cut and drill the broken bolt from the trailer. Ended up using older bolts with new straps. Straps are great tho. 258408
by: Ron L10/25/2013
I Purchased a set of Stainless Steel G2 BoatBuckel from e trailer. The same product is used by Ranger boats for their boats except with a Ranger logo. at twice the price. I found BoatBuckle was more expensive on other internet sites including e bay when shipping is included.. e trailer provided free shipping. I am very please with my purchase and would purchase other products from e trailer in the future. 105134
by: Randall Lee03/27/2013
I am extremely satisfied with my new stainless retractable boat tie down ratchet buckles.With the stainless I don't have to worry about corrosion either from salt water, or early season road salt here in the midwest.GREAT product REASONABLE price. R. Van't Hof LaPorte,Indiana 72823
by: Marcus R03/16/2015
I use the BoatBuckle Cargo Cargo Tie downs to secure ladders to my ladder racks so that do not blow off. They are easy to use and keep the ladders from rattling against the ladder racks as I drive down the road. I have been using them for over a year and just bought a 2nd pair to hold down the ladders on my new work truck. They hold up great to weathering and the corrosive environment that I work in. 178742
by: Brad E.07/30/2014
Combined with the free shipping I could not come close to matching the Etrailer price anywhere on the web and I am an avid Internet shopper. The communication of orders processing was quick and thorough and the product was shipped and delivered in the time expected. They even packaged the products well to make sure of no damage. I will definitely recommend this company to a friend. 143417
by: Robert C06/05/2014
You will need the universal mounting kit in most applications unless u want to drill holes in your trailer. The stainless steel nuts and bolts are junk and will lock up after a turn or 2. Both of mine had to be replaced. Just so you know the universal mounting kit is steel and the hardware is steel so while your at the hardware store make sure to get stainless nuts and bolts for those also. 134398
by: Patrick Mc12/19/2014
Discovered the bolts and nuts were not matched, causing severe damage to the bolt threads. Contacted manufacturer and they apologized, explaining that their hardware supplier inadvertently got a batch of the bolts and nuts mixed up. Replacement bolts and matching nuts would be sent to me asap - problem solved.....otherwise it is a great product and the hardware is tops, very strong!! 166243
The straps work great but the hardware that came with it did not work. The nut appears oblonged. I couldn't advance or back the nut off on the one bolt and had to cut it off. 259503
by: Keith O04/22/2014
Fast shipping, great price and good product. These blow away the rod saver retractable ratchet hooks that I had on the boat until now. Stainless is a must in the back of the boat. The mechanisms get doused in water every time the boat gets launched. The rod savers were on the boat for 3 years and they were already too corroded to work well. 126635
by: Robert C10/03/2014
The threads of the bolts and the nuts did not line up. I was very careful not to cross-thread, but half way on the threads would bind up no matter what I did. I have only mounted one at this point because I had to use the bolts from the optional mounting brackets. They worked fine. There is a problem with the bolts that are included. 154370
Although not installed on my trailer yet, these are obviously a quality product. They are of heavy, solid construction and are easy to operate. These are bolted to the boat trailer, with provided bolts and the strap simply retracts when not in use. Etrailer sells some of the best marine products on the market at very good prices. 129479
I wish I had learned about these sooner. They changed my life! No more fumbling around making sure the buckle is tight. Super easy to use. No more stolen straps after a long day on the water. I've had these for a year, used exclusively in salt water and they look and function like the day I bought them 261538
by: Frank B.10/06/2016
The buckles work great ! My only complaint is the nuts don't seem to fit the bolts provided,seems like they have different threads and lock up like they are cross threaded. I have bought several pairs and it's always the same,but the price is good so I just provide my own nuts and bolts. 303696
by: Ron E.06/05/2016
Product was as expected. Etrailer service was excellent. Only reason I gave four stars is because the bolts supplied are impossible to tighten. I threw them away and put 7/16x1 1/4 stainless bolts on. Scared up threads to prevent theft after I tightened them up. 257478
by: Jim kl07/04/2013
SS bolt and nut are very poor quality. It is almost impossible to turn the nut and bolt, so hard to turn it that it gets hot and you can even smell it. Made in Taiwan, maybe it is just a bad batch I have not contacted the mfg yet. Also, instruction suck! 87637
What were BoatBuckle thinking when they included the bolts for the transom tie-down straps? The crossbar is 2" but they shipped with a 1.25" and 1.75" bolts, I had to buy bolts/nuts/lock washer to do the install. The straps itself looks very good. 259815
The straps have held up for over a year now. They make it a breeze to tie down your boat after a day on the water. I would give them 5 stars, but the nuts and bolts provided for installation were not matched correctly, and had to buy the correct ones... 248017
by: Pete B. Massachusetts11/19/2014
Just received Boat Buckle G2. They will be replacing a non stainless set that came with my trailer. I launch my boat in salt water and these should prove to be corrosion resistant. Best price and shipping I could find. They arrived when promised. 161855
by: Nelson P.03/09/2015
IT IS A VERY GOOD PRODUCT!! IT WORKS VERY WELL IN SALT WATER BECAUSE IT IS STAINLESS STEEL. IT IS ALSO VERY NICE BECAUSE YOU DO NOT HAVE TO REMOVE IT FROM THE TRAILER AT ANYTIME, IT ALSO AUTOMATICALLY SECURES YOUR TRAILER! I AM VERY SATISFIED!!! 177693
Hold downs are easy to use and simple to install. the nuts that come with them are not match the bolt threads the bolts are 7/16 fine thread (7/16 X 20). I had to cut the bolt off with a grinder and purchase new ones at the hardware store. 265153
by: Tony O08/13/2016
Really easy to use fast and reliable. I would have rated them 5 stars but the nuts and bolts that come with it do not work. They would not tighten down all the way I ended up having to cut them off. Had to get new Stainless steel hardware. 283454
by: Chuck D.08/02/2016
Very satisfied with the pair of boat buckles. Can't say that about the bolts and nuts they provide. Had to buy new bolts and nuts(ss). After over three yrs. they still haven't fix this problem. Should be reimbursed for the cost. 278429
The Boat Buckles were received in a reasonable time and appear to be everything advertised. Installation on the trailer was easy and the product works great. The stainless steel should make these last for many years. 137296
by: Steve S08/18/2016
Absolutely awesome product. Works like a dream, easy to tighten and release. No chance to lose it and don't have to walk it back to the truck. Very high quality. Would buy again and recommend whole heartedly. 285275
by: Leon P03/19/2015
Received the package today and in good shape. Items looked great and will be placed on our boat trailer this weekend. Jennifer was a great help and very easy to work with during the ordering process. 179783
by: Dan B.06/27/2016
I am only giving a 3 star rating because mounting bolts are way to short. The bolts that came with the tie downs are only an 1 1/2" long and I need 3" because my trailer frame is 2" thick, 265671
So far this product is excellent after first day of use. Works very well and make tie down very easy. No more lost straps. Fishing partner was impressed and will get a set for his boat. 89011
by: Greg L.07/20/2016
I purchased the Thinline LED Trailer Tail Light, and BoatBuckle G2 Tie down Straps, love both products and I am very satisfied with them. Great pricing and great products! Thank you!! 274152
by: Tim R09/19/2016
These items are even better than the BoatBuckles that came with the boat, new design keeps the spring from eventually working loose. Great Product and delivery is quick as always. 296389
by: Capt Will R07/21/2016
I've had these on my trailer for a year and use the boat alot. SO far they have been great...I would highly recommend them. They are so much easier than strapping the boat down! 274709
by: Bruce H.07/17/2014
no more digging for straps they stay on the trailer for fast loading and unloading great product and easy to use . I would recommend the stainless steel ones 141876
product was just what I was hoping for. They shipped it quickly and was in perfect condition. I would order from them again for sure, good job. 70518
by: joe tantilla02/05/2013
Fabulous.....just super....love em....love em.....love em.....just super...unbelievably amazing ....amazingly awesome.....life changing device 65073
Perform as intended. I mostly launch my boat into sea waters and so far (~1 year of use) no visible corrosion or performance degradation. 178313
by: Lee M.04/16/2014
These boat buckles are very easily attached. After a hard day of fishing it sure is nice to buckle the boat down in seconds and go. 125368
by: Gerry B07/15/2016
Great product makes loading and unloading my boat much easier and quicker. Product is holding up well even in saltwater. 272289
by: Larry L.06/16/2016
Will put them on my boat trailer for easy tie down.Fast shipping good price.Will buy from etrailer.com again. 261927
Straps are a great design. Dont use the bolts that come with the kit. They lock up and you have to cut off. 303256
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