Perhaps there truly is no end to the number of ways you can get things done with boat straps, but here is a clever way to repurpose worn straps and keep them doing good travel work at the same time: chop those boat straps down and turn them into Rigger Straps instead.
Sure, you can tape or wrap your riggers, but then you have to buy tape and wrap--not to mention disposing of it all once you get there. Most teams seem to prefer the rigger bungee approach these days, especially now that tarp bungees are easy to come by and just about the perfect length, but these hacked down straps are pretty ingenious: just as reusable as a bungee, but with none of the give, and pretty much no chance of getting too stretched out to work after a season or two.
We also think this is a great way to breathe new usefulness into those "sorta-worn" straps that you should be purging from your trailer-worthy stock after every few trips anyhow. All you need for to for this repurposing trick is the buckle and about a foot or so of the strap--and even a fraying or worn strap will be plenty strong to handle a bundle of riggers.
If you like this idea, then quit buying tape and wrap and bungees and start collecting, and cutting, those old straps. Then, to make it an even better hack, get yourself another strap wheel just for these short rigger straps. That will keep them organized between and also ensure that no novices try to use them for strapping shells--not to mention really solidifying your "rowing hack cred."
So, the next time you bundle up riggers to hit the road--either for a long haul or just a quick trip upstream--ditch the sticky and stretchy stuff and go the strap route instead.
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