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19846RE: RE: [California PortaBoters] Re: Car topping at 10'6" boat alone

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  • ThompsCR
    Sep 29 9:45 AM
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      Thanks to Lee's inspiration, I was able to build my own version of a one man cartop loader. Since I have a cheaper rack system, there was no way to bolt a crossbar to the top without drilling holes (which, I imaging would be really noisy for traveling). So, I came up with a cheap, but effective, solution using just pipe and some pipe insulation. I've posted the pics under "Loader for Car Topping Alone". Also, I bought the dolly and have found that immensely helpful.


      Thanks again, everyone!
      Chris



      ---In PortaBote@yahoogroups.com, <portabote@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

      Hey Chris
      I took some photos and uploaded them to our photo section. The order of the photos got mixed up a bit during the process. The album is called "One man cartop loader". If you or anyone has questions, I'll be glad to answer them.
      I think I'll go fishing tomorrow......
      Lee

      -------- Original message --------
      From: ThompsCR <thompscr@...>
      Date: 08/20/2013 8:31 AM (GMT-05:00)
      To: PortaBote@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [California PortaBoters] Re: Car topping at 10'6" boat alone

      Thanks for your help everyone! These are great ideas! I'll definitely look into some of them.

      Lee, if you could post some pictures, I'd really appreciate that!

      Take care,
      Chris

      --- In PortaBote@yahoogroups.com, leefra <leefra@...> wrote:
      >
      > Welcome Chris
      > I carry my 12' bote on my Honda CRV. To ease loading by myself, I put two Thule Aero cross bars on. This extends the rack a little past the sides of the body. I attached 1 , 1/2" pipe size, split ring plumbers pipe clamp to the top of the Thule bar at the end of the passenger side of each one. When I need to load my bote alone, I place a piece of 1/2" plumbers pipe with a piece of foam pipe insulation on it , in the pipe clamps. This allows me to stand the bote up along side my car and lean it on the foam " roller". In one motion I lift the bottom of the bote roll it up and place the front of the bote on the front cross bar and swing the bottom up onto the rear cross bar. It works like a charm. Not difficult at all, and I'm 68 yrs old. I too, was trying to slide it on the rear bar from the back of the car when a friend suggested the side load idea. The split rings make it easy to remove when not needed. 
      > I'll try to get some pics on our website soon.
      > Lee
      >
      > -------- Original message --------
      > From: badak <rablouch@...>
      > Date: 08/19/2013 6:18 PM (GMT-05:00)
      > To: PortaBote@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [California PortaBoters] Re: Car topping at 10'6" boat alone
      >
      > Chris,
      >
      > I have a 10' bote and a Toyota Matrix, so not sure this would work with a Prius. I just put a thick blanket on the back edge of the top of the car, get the bote lined up behind the car, lift the bow of the bote onto the blanket, lift and push the back of the bote sliding it on the blanket until you can rest the bow on the rear crossbar of the roof rack, then push it the rest of the way onto the cross bars. I use plastic and foam crossbar cushions made by Dakine under the bote, and they act as rollers when pushing the bote onto the crossbars. Use straps to lash it down, not ropes. Also I use front and back tie downs.
      >
      > I have a Porta Dolly, and although it costs more than I think it should, I'd say it is pretty much essential unless you
      > can somehow rig up something on your own.
      >
      > --- In PortaBote@yahoogroups.com, "ThompsCR" <thompscr@> wrote:
      > >
      > > Hi All,
      > > I've been lurking on this forum for several months since buying my porta-bote
      > > in April (10'6" alpha). I appreciate the vast amount of information everyone has
      > > shared!
      > > I'm curious if anyone has any ideas for car topping the bote alone. I've seen
      > > some kayak loaders online, and some people just throw their kayak cart (like
      > > this one I bought:
      > > http://www.amazon.com/Kayak-Carrier-Trailer-Trolley-Transport/dp/B00852QTIC/ref=\
      > > sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1376924006&sr=8-2&keywords=kayak+trolly) on the hood or trunk
      > > and roll it onto the rack. Since the bote is flexible, I'm not sure how well
      > > these options would work. Any thoughts or suggestions?
      > >
      > > Also, on a side note, I'm considering buying the porta dolly. Those of you
      > > who have them... other than the fact that they sink, are you happy with them?
      > >
      > > Any thoughts would be appreciated!
      > > Thanks!
      > > Chris
      > >
      > > P.S. The car I'm putting the bote on is a 2005 prius.
      > >
      >
      >
      >
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