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Friday, August 8, 2008

• Replacing A Rod Strap

On many boats, a rod strap is attached somewhere on the floor. Two screws hold down a bracket on one end and a band stretches across to a hook nearby. These straps are not always immune to the elements of summer. Damage may occur for any number of reasons. In my particular case, the heat of the Sun beat down and took its toll on the strap. Upon uncovering the boat, I found that the strap had split in half. I have to replace it. I could not find many options. What I did find was the Rogers Super-Strap.
Replacing a broken rod strap may be a straightforward task for most, however for some of us, a few problems might arise along the way. The problem I faced had to do with the included hardware and attachments. The bracket that screws into the boat did not fit the holes already drilled in the floor. The original bracket was larger than the new one. This problem was remedied with a few steps that I will now explain.

The Rogers Super Strap comes with two metal brackets, four screws, and the strap. The strap on my boat only requires one bracket because instead of a second bracket, the V-18 All Fish has a hook in the floor. Since the new bracket isn't going to fit, I'll have to find a work around. With a little work, you can slide the strap off of the bracket it is attached to and then slide it onto the old original bracket. Here's how you go about doing that.

Step 1:
First, have a pair of pliers handy. Spritz the metal bracket with a little bit of WD-40. With a small amount of pressure, you will be able to slide the rubber loop on the strap off of the bracket. It may take some effort, but it will slide right off.

Step 2:
Take the old plastic bracket and use both of your thumbs to slide the loop of the new strap over one end of the bracket. Again, this may require a significant amount of force, but the loop should be soft enough to allow some give.
Step 3:
Screw the bracket back into the floor of your boat, secure the strap against the hook, and you're done.
On the front of the package, the company has a lifetime guarantee and also claims this strap is "resistant to sunlight, oil, and other elements for a lifetime of use."

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