Plans For A Rack For Cartopping A Single/Double?

Plans For A Rack For Cartopping A Single/Double?

Post by Noreaste » Mon, 27 Nov 1995 04:00:00


Can anyone tell me where to find (or reference) plans to build my own rack
for cartopping a single or a double? I race club boats, and can't see
spending the money to buy a pre-made rack. I already have sturdy roof
racks for my truck, so I'm just interested in plans for the boat racks.
Also, information about how to properly pad the racks would be helpful.
I've seen everything from pipe insulation to fire hose used. Which is
best?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

 
 
 

Plans For A Rack For Cartopping A Single/Double?

Post by MUnder1 » Tue, 28 Nov 1995 04:00:00

noreaster1 wrote asking about cartop racks.

I have built racks for both a 1x and 2x.  I measured the boats, decided
where it would be best to support them and then built a rack out of 1 x 4
fir with wide webbing to actually cradle the boats.  It broke down into
pieces so that I could carry the rack inside the car when I wasn't
carrying a boat.  The ends (with the webbing cradles) attached to the long
side pieces with bolts and wing nuts.  I got fancy and put grooves in the
connections to make it more sturdy.  I also made the racks to fit the car
top rack with slots for the bars.  The boat was held to the boat rack and
that was held to the roof rack with straps--I keep a variety of lengths.
I have seen *** racks and simple ones.  If you can handle a tape
measure, hammer and saw, I doubt you need plans.  Have fun!
Mark Underwood


 
 
 

Plans For A Rack For Cartopping A Single/Double?

Post by Walter Martinda » Wed, 29 Nov 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>Can anyone tell me where to find (or reference) plans to build my own rack
>for cartopping a single or a double?
>Thanks!


Something that works well for singles (you could probably use a slightly larger
version for a 2X) is a piece of aluminum rectangular
tube 2 inch by 2 inch or 2 inch by 4
inch.  The tube is a bit longer than the***pit of your boat.

Bolted to this tube at each end is a "V" with a flat bottom and a webbing
pop-riveted or fastened by some other means across the top of the "V".

The top end of the "V" at each end is (say) 6 cm wider
than your boat at that point.

The "V" is high enough to ensure that your boat won't touch the support tube.

Drill holes in the underside of the tube, and loop shock cords over your
hull at the V, and hook them into the holes.  (The holes should be close to
the "V" at each end of the rack.

Of course, before you put the boat on the rack, use some form of clamping
system to hold the rack to your roof rack.

Hope this helps.
Walter