BoatBuckle G2 Retractable Ratcheting Tansom Tie-Downs Review

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Review of the BoatBuckle G2 Retractable Ratcheting Transom Tie Downs

Today we're going to show you the BoatBuckle G2 Retractable Ratcheting Transom Tie-Down Straps part number IMF14256. With this part number, you get two tie-downs plus hardware to attach it. The construction of this one is actually stainless steel with plastic covering on top. So this may be good for your saltwater applications--very easy to use. You need to ratchet it, press the lever--nice big easy lever to work with. It also has a grip on it. To release the strap, there is a button right here as well. The strap is going to be 2" wide by 43" long. Pull out a little bit more.

You see the construction of the strap itself is actually more like a seat belt weave, very comparable. It's actually nice and has a very tight weave to it. Now a couple of other things to know. This has a break strength of 1,500 lbs. It has a safe working load limit of 500 lbs. Now I'll go ahead and show you how we install it. We'll take our strap, hook it onto an attaching point on our boat.

We'll pull the strap down--down to the frame on the trailer. Then we go ahead and just do a couple of tests to see where we want a ratchet to sit at--its best place. Now you definitely want about a 30-degree angle from here left or right. We should be okay with that. Try to be in as straight a line as possible. inaudible 00:01:38 here, this is going to be in the way.

It's going to keep it from being exactly straight. So at a little angle; that will be fine. Let's go ahead and put it into place and mark our hole. We're going to mount ours here. We're lucky that our trailer has a cap on the end. Go ahead and pop it off and get it out of the way for now.

Now we'll go ahead and drill out a hole. We'll start off with a 1/4-inch pilot bit first; then work our way up to a 7/16. Now before I put mine completely together, I'll use some anti-seize material on the stainless steel hardware just in case you ever want to take it back apart. This is also a locking nut as well so don't thread it in all the way at first. That'll help to leave it a little bit loose so you can move it around as needed. All that remains is we'll go ahead and trim our end cap right here and allow it to fit. We just use a rotary tool to make a simple notch in it. The grip here is pretty thick so I'm not too worried about it being too loose. Let's push it back in, get it started, and tap it back into place. I've got both buckles ready for service. Push the release down, pull the strap up, hook it to an attachment 00:03:14 point, then use our ratchet with its big, nice easy grip. I'm going to ratchet it down tight. When you tighten it up, if you grab just the handle itself it doesn't grip; so grab this little tab right below. Right there, and it ratchets up. To release it, either side push down on the tab that says release. With that, that will finish it for part number IMF14256, the Stainless Steel BoatBuckle G2.

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