I'm curious how everyone attaches their safety chain from the trailer winch to the bow of the boat. I've seen it done two ways. The method which seems safest is the chain is hooked directly through the loop on the boat hull. The other possibility is that the safety chain is simply looped through the eyelet on the winch strap hook. Does that make sense, hope I explained it right.
The reason I ask is that the first of these options seems the best (directly to the boat), but on my boat that's a pain. There is not enough room for both the chain and hook to move so I have to release the tension on the winch strap in order to get the chain unhooked. Not a huge deal, but then your boat is completely unhooked from the trailer.....when you have a roller trailer....(I learned what happens the hard way). It seems very unlikely to me that the steal hook on the winch strap would ever break, so why not put the safety chain through that?
So the right answer is probably to use another 3rd safety device or to "just" always remember to hook the winch strap back on and lock the winch. However it would be so much easier to just put the safety chain through the hook on the winch strap. That also removes one more thing to forget. Let's face it...when the fish are biting and there is a line of people behind you waiting to launch we all get dumb real fast.