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Using Winch to Hold Boat in Place on Trailer During Travel

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Will it hold boat in place while on moving trailer. My original has 1 3/4 center on 2 bolts and about 3 1/4 center on the length

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The Dutton-Lainson Hand Winch # DL14725 referenced in your question has a freewheel design that will not actually hold a load in the forward or reverse directions.

To hold a load in place you will want to go with a brake winch. For a similarly rated modeI recommend the Dutton-Lainson Hand Winch # DL15721 that features a 2,500 pound weight capacity and an automatic braking mechanism that will lock a load in place. The elongated mounting holes on the plate will allow compatibility with your existing mounting pattern.

With that being said though we don't typically recommend using a winch to secure a boat onto a trailer during travel. All boat winches, including brake units, are really only designed load and unload a boat. A big enough bump in the road can potentially cause a winch to release which would be bad news for your boat and any vehicles behind you.

I highly recommend using separate tie-down straps like the BoatBuckle # IMF08893 to secure the boat in place once you load it on the trailer. I have attached a link that will take you directly to our complete selection that you can look through if you don't have them already.

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As in previous conversation. Can you mount this unit on channel pad that is 3inch wide without twisting frame or do you need to add support plate.

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As long as the existing holes in your channel pad match up to the bolt holes on the Dutton-Lainson Hand Winch # DL15721 you can indeed mount it to your 3 inch wide plate. The mounting base for this winch measures 4-1/2 inches wide so you are just going to have about 3/4 of an inch of overlap on each side that shouldn't negatively affect the frame or the stability of the winch.

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