Aside from the legal implications of overhang, which can be substantial
both in distance and money, almost any vehicle can carry a single as long
as the boat is well supported. I have a standard Thule rack with the
load bars place about 3.5-4 feet apart. This distance is too narrow to
properly support a boat for numberous or long trips. Thus I have a
wooden rack about 5-6 feet long permanently bolted to my load bars. The
side rails are 2x4s and the end pieces are flat 3/4" slabs with areas cut
to fit the chine of my decks. Another alternative is to have web slings
on the end pieces.
The important thing is that the boat is supported fore and aft in front
of the splashboard and behind the stern combing.
Such a rig as described above is adaptable to about any car rack.
> Is any car too small to carry a single? I am planning to purchase a car,
> and want to be sure a single can eventually be transported on top of it.
> Right now I am considering a Saturn, and I have never seen a single on
> one. I am also considering a Toyota Tercel, or a small pick-up truck.
> Does anyone have any advice on guidelines to follow so I don't rule out a
> single with the purchase of the wrong size car? Thanks!
Ore State Crew '85-'88
<We put the boats on a ski rack on the roof and>
<tied the bows and sterns with rope to the bumpers. So we went to a>
<little more effort than one would if a bigger car were being used. >
I would strongly advise anyone transporting any shells on car top to
always tie the boats directly to the car, usually the bumpers. This will
serve two purposes: it will help keep the boats from whip-sawing in the
wind, and, more importantly, will keep the boats from flying off should
the roof rack or boat rack come unattached.
BTW, I once transported 3 brand-spanking new Peinert racing shells from
New Bedford, MA to Washington, DC on my Honda Accord hatchback with no
I find that a red bandana works well, and also helps following drivers to judge
where the end of your load is. You do have to consider what the flag flapping
in the wind will do to whatever it is your hauling, in this case your boat.
>I'm probably wrong on this, but I think all you need to be legal is a red flag
>on the end of anything sticking more than 3 feet past the end of your vehicle.
Still illegally cartopping
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