Originally Posted by funset20012
I left my lifting straps on my 5 hp for 2 yrs. After coming back from cruising to have heart surgery. The sun ate it up. So really! It is so quick to put on or off. Why would you leave it on for the sun to eat at it? It makes it harder to access the motor to repair or replace spark plugs. I don't know of any strap material that would hold up in the Texas
sun let alone the Caribbean
for that long. You must have some amazing strap material!
From my experience, I choose to remove mine until needed
Well, I made our sling from one inch tubular nylon climbing webbing. Breaking strength in the thousands of pounds, and the tubular construction means that at least half of the material isn't exposed to the sun. there are four straps that share the load, and the load is only ~85 lbs. I am simply not worried about sun damage causing failure (and I doubt if the sun in Texas or the Caribe is any worse than in the South Pacific
... everyone seems to believe that the UV in their home area is the worst in the world!).
I don't know anything about your usage of the o/b. In our case, we are full time cruisers. The outboard comes off and on frequently... sometimes ten times in a week as we move about. Having to remove the harness each time would be a PItA. So, I simply made ours strong enough to never have to worry, and as I have said, it has lasted a very long time.
It sounds, incidentally, like yours was made from polypropylene webbing... no other material would have wasted that quickly.