WARNING: This article contains high school level algebra.
We have a pretty simple philosophy on boat straps and this article will break it down for you into two simple sections.
- Basic Math – Trailer and Strap Math and Budgeting
- Our Conclusions –
- Bonus Section: let us do the leg work for you.
- BASIC MATH – Trailer and Strap Math and Budgeting.
Lets start by figuring some basic numbers.
New 8+’s range from $35,000 to $50,000 depending on the manufacturer. Lets say the average new 8+ is $42,500.
New boat straps range from $8 to $15. Lets say the average is $11.50.
[<<strap that we took off a boat headed to us.
not a good strap to use.
throw this away!]
How’s your high school algebra? Do the math with me:
[note: we are figuring that most people put at least 3 straps on an 8+ and 2 straps on a 4+ when trailering.]
Do you have a 3 rack trailer?
3 racks high [typically] equals a maximum of six 8+’s and three 4+’s.
[[3 straps per 8+] x [six 8+’s]] + [[2 straps per 4+] x [three 4+’s]] = 24 straps
24 new straps x $11.50 = $276
$276 is 0.64% of $42,500 [one new boat].
4 rack trailer?
4 racks high [typically] equals a maximum of nine 8+’s and three 4+’s or 33 straps.
33 new straps x $11.50 = $379.50 >> $379.50 is 0.89% of $42,500 [one new boat].
5 rack trailer?
5 racks high [typically] equals a maximum of nine 8+’s and six 4+’s or 39 straps.
39 new straps x $11.50 = $448.50 >> $448.50 is 1.05% of$42,500 [one new boat].
2. Our Conclusion
You might think we are nuts. We operate a repair shop and rely on broken boats to make our business run, but believe it or not, we STRONGLY recommend budgeting for a trailer full of new straps each year. Yep. ALL NEW.
If you drive a trailer with 15 boats loaded on board, you are likely driving a trailer that is worth at least $250,000. In my mind spending $448.50 on new straps each year, should be almost a no brainer. Keep some straps as extras, or back ups, but if there are any straps that look even slightly like this pictures, cut the buckle off [so no one tries to use them] and THROW THEM AWAY.
Its simply not worth the risk of driving a trailer with a broken or cut strap.
Hot Bonus: We did the work for you. In no particular order.