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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:29 am    Post subject: Canoes and Convertibles Reply with quote

Alright, bit of an out there, impractical question, I know!

We've got a 1972 super 'vert, and we've got a 16" canoe. Transportation of said canoe is a bit tricky, using said car...

I'm considering welding some mounts to the support rails, and then building a removable cage/psuedo-roof rack of sorts, and tying down to that and the bumper mounts.

There's also the option of a trailer-hitch T-mount thingy and the front windshield, that I've seen on a few other makes of 'verts around the interwebs...

Any thoughts or suggestions?

(Also, yes, we've considered a small trailer, but we'd reaaaaally rather not!)
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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if you look at the bumper mounts on my bug, you can see the mounts welded to the bracket to install removable a roof high rack made out of square tubing. There are also some on the front bumper. I can take pics of the rack later if you want.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's pretty much exactly what I was hoping to do, a square-tubing rack. When we get home from this camping trip, I think the welder may just be coming out....
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about a few heavy blankets and a couple ratchet straps? Also run a lanyard tying down the fore and aft of the canoe.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pull a light weight trailer. May be more practical.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a trailer I see similar cars using around here to transport not only a canoe, but yaks and bikes. They are pretty light.

http://www.amazon.com/Malone-MicroSport-Sports-Tra...ak+trailer
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I do not have the front rack but you get the idea and you don't have to tow a trailer Wink
This bug was owned by an oilfield engineer and he hauled equipment with it
so I guess this set up would work for a canoe Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about a bracket that mounts just to the front and rear bumpers?
Bolt it on when you need. This way you would still have use of the
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey 60ragtop- I don't think he wants to buy a hardtop just for the canoe... Cool

Second vote for the canoe trailer. There are a ton on the net- and your local CL should produce a single axle utility; MC or PWC trailer you could alter easily for the job.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, doesn't need a buy hardtop for the bumper mounted racks which will work on a vert also. At least I understand what he is asking about as he'd prefer not to tow a trailer Wink
I didn't see a poll to vote Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the responses, guys!

We COULD do a trailer, but we'd definitely like the compact-ness of going without...

Right now, the bumper mounts are looking like the way to go!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It definitely helps to see this thing with a useful picture. Even better if you had one on the front. I'd probably go this route too- but my canoe is 17 feet long- and should not be supported so close to its ends. The gunwale load spread is only 5 feet. Hope it works out.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you can always throw a support under the canoe like a 2X6 or a 4X4.
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