I never understood why some products are so poorly engineered. For instance the transom straps that came with my Crestliner Superhawk fishing boat. When you ratchet the straps down they dig into the back of my transom, they scratched and gouged the paint so now I’m going to have to touch it up. The straps did come with a vinyl strap to cover the metal from digging in, but it doesn’t work properly. And when they are tightened up, during driving they loosen up and become insecure. They were just very poorly designed, I’d like to call up the company who made them and bitch them out! Something so simple, yet some company manages to screw them up.
This article is just a rant by the way, I thought about posting it in the forum but I thought my readers needed to read this first thing on the frontpage blog.
Well, I just got back from West Marine in St. Clair Shores Michigan, picked up a nice set of stainless steel tie downs specifically made for the transom. Right away I could tell these straps are so much better than the stock ones that came with the Crestliner boat. They come with sur-grip Kwik-Lok buckle that works really well when tightening the straps. They pop in nicely and securely. Once you’re done ratcheting the straps down, there’s Velcro straps that go over the ratchet so it won’t pop loose. The stock straps were doing this all the time! And the backside of the West Marine tie downs come with a rubber protective pad, so there’s no way to scratch the paint on the boat.
It just drives me nuts, we’re in this time and age with great technology, yet some manufacturing companies can’t fab up a good set of straps for the back of the boat. I’m just glad I have a West Marine close by!
Here’s a picture of what the West Marine transom tie downs look like, you can see the yellow rubber protective pad in back and the beefy ratchets in front. I’d take time to snap a photo of the stock transom straps, but I feel they don’t even deserve a spot on my website they pissed me off so bad. Now I need to find the color code of my boat so I can match the paint in back. I guess I would have to do this eventually for normal wear and tear on the boat, it just pisses me off because the boat is practically brand new. Rant off!
Sorry rant on, almost forgot to mention, I’m into the muscle car hobby as well and it’s just as bad. Been there where brake pads won’t fit and custom hoods, can piss you off even more because performance car parts can be very expensive. Rant off!