Tramps...I had a company that manufactured tramps for cats and tris. We did a lot of Corsairs. Company name was Mentor Marine Products. When we started we set our sights on Sunrise Yacht Products in Pinellas Park Fla. I know we gave them a run for their money
because we got quite a bit of business from customers that checked them out first.
We started doing Hobie cats and grew from there. I have made tramps for most popular boats up to $5million cats. I no longer am in the business but have a very good understanding of tramp building, tramp materials etc. If some of you know Philip Berman, I made tramps for one of his boats.
Just from a quick read of this thread, mesh tramps are NOT GOOD for blue water
boats. I made some for a 65' tourist boat being built for Hawaii
, it was one of those fake sailboats (big engines, not much sail). I told them to take off the tramps prior to leaving. Coast Guard made them keep them on for delivery
. They hit some rough seas and the tramps literally tore the mounting rails off the boat. The tramps survived, but hardware
ripped off, the boat had to get repaired. One of our prouder moments in tramp building though.
Flat webbing is really heavy, and expensive to make due to high labor costs. NEVER use nylon, always use polyester (not polypro).
I have made nets out of spectra net. I even had a boat net being fabricated by my old spectra supplier that got bumped out of line by Playstation, because it was "more important" .
We've done a number of open knotless netted tramps. That is a good compromise, except it is often difficult to find netting that has a smaller hole with large gauge twine.
If any of you have questions on tramp designs, hardware
or materials, feel free to ask questions.