# Boat Strap Math

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.

*The Math – Trailer and Strap Math and Budgeting**Our Conclusions –*

## THE MATH – *Trailer and Strap Math and Budgeting.*

Let’s start by figuring some basic numbers.

- New 8+’s range from $35,000 to $55,000 depending on the manufacturer.
- Lets say the average new 8+ is $45,000.
- New boat straps range from $8 to $15.

### How’s your high school algebra? Do the math with me:

We are assuming:

- Most people put 3 straps on an 8+ and 2 straps on a 4+, 2x, and 1x when trailering.

The Math for a 4 rack tall trailer typically means:

- SIX 8+’s
- SIX 4+’s

[[3 straps per 8+] x [six 8+’s]] + [[2 straps per 4+] x [six 4+’s]] = 30 straps

30 new straps x $10 = $300

*$300 is 0.66% of $45,000 [remember, this is the cost of a new boat].*

5 rack trailer?

5 racks high [typically] equals a maximum of nine 8+’s and six 4+’s or 39 straps.

[[3 straps per 8+] x [nine 8+’s]] + [[2 straps per 4+] x [six 4+’s]] = 39 straps.

39 new straps x $10 = $390

*$390 is 0.86% of $45,000*

## 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. 40 of them.*

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 $390 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.