The synthetic materials industry has made its way to boat winches, and we’re happy they’re here! While steel rope still has its purpose for some winches, boats can often get by with its modern nylon compatriot in their winches.
Why do we like nylon winch straps?
The material is lightweight and easier to wind. Even heavy duty straps are reasonably light, like this one that has a 10,000-pound break strength and 3,300-pound working load and only weighs eight pounds! Unlike steel rope, it is less likely to get odd kinks as it is wrapped around the drum and this in turn lessens the probability of odd internal wearing.
What are the negatives of nylon winch straps?
Nylon winch straps are more prone to wear from the elements and from constant abrasion. Regularly checking the strap for fraying and tearing will prevent an accident the next time you use your winch, and will give you a nice heads up for knowing when you need to purchase a new one.