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Unread 08-25-2010, 02:41 PM   #1
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Canoe Rack?

Curious, I might get a canoe and I am looking to see what my options are. I have a light bar now (yay) so that might be one issue I'd have to deal with.

Do the racks that some of you guys have allow the top to go up and down? I don't want to do 50x the work. Also, would a 14' Canoe fit on the top of the jeep with NO rack?

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Unread 08-25-2010, 03:13 PM   #2
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I have posted this picture many times.

I have put a canoe on my jeep with no rack. Just put it on the roll bars and tied it down...

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Unread 08-25-2010, 03:44 PM   #3
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I did the same as matt. Just got some Canoe Foam peices that seperate the canoe and the windshield so theres no damage. And i actually got way better MPG with it on driving around town. I was around 22mpg
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Unread 08-25-2010, 10:20 PM   #4
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If you want to keep the ease of a softtop (up or down and keep the canoe off the softoo) and already have a light bar in front to hold the canoe, then you might want to consider this....

Cabela's Canoe Loader and Rack
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Unread 08-27-2010, 12:42 AM   #5
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Thanks AK, I just installed the light bar... and it would def. be in the way of putting a canoe up there, so I'd have to use that.

Never owned a canoe but how does this one look: http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/pr...367826.2672651

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Unread 08-27-2010, 01:13 AM   #6
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Would it be easier to purchase a trailer, and rig up something to attach the canoe to it? I can make a small frame with wood, cover it with carpet, and be done.

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There are some nice inflatable canoes out now.
Have you looked at any of them?
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Unread 08-27-2010, 08:35 AM   #8
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I think pulling a trailer would get old quickly, there are hitch racks that are easy to install and remove, here's a link to a page full of racks. Should give you some ideas(I'm doing the same,looking for a canoe)
Water Sport Racks :: Thule 997 - Goalpost - For 2 Inch Hitch - Rack Outfitters for Car Racks by Yakima, Thule, Saris, Rocky Mounts and More!
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There are some nice inflatable canoes out now.
Have you looked at any of them?
Eh, I'm not into inflatable things. I mainly want to use this for fishing in ponds and back waters. I already have a electric motor for it.
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Unread 08-27-2010, 05:26 PM   #10
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There is also the foam block option, you don't need a roof rack so it's the cheapest option in my opinion.
Riverside Car Rooftop Foam Block Canoe Racks - Riverside Car top Carriers Universal Canoe Carrier Foam Blocks Kit
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I think I'm going to go the trailer route - only because it's easier (for me) since i'm going to go canoing with my nephews, the oldest being 14.

But I'm at Cherrystone in VA, trying to figure out how I can buy one in Virginia Beach tomorrow. Going to have to put it on the roof, not sure how I'm going to manage that quite yet.

For that bracket, it's $89 - which is about $100 short of buying a trailer.
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Unread 08-29-2010, 02:47 PM   #12
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Something that I am looking at doing is a light bar up front, and a plug in "t-bar" that plugs into the hitch receiver for the back. I carry a surf ski (21ft carbon race kayak) and I'm not a big fan of the basket racks. Been there, done that.
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Canoe Trailer

I am not so good at welding either - but I know people. Had a guy at a junkyard weld up an angle iron box trailer 4ftW by 6ftL with crossbar extensions on top to accomodate the width of 2 canoes. Yes, it has an extended angle iron tongue. Uses a funky automobile suspension with actual car tires (taken off a totalled Grand Prix). Holds two 16-17 ft. canoes flat with 1 foot of space before hitch/spare tire interference. It's about 2 feet deep and provides lots of storage underneath. I had him put 6 large rebar hoops for tie downs (4 on the corners - 2 in the middle- fore and aft).
Total cost $500. I help out a kayak dealer friend and have used the trailer to stack somewhere north of 10 kayaks on it. I mostly use it for twice-weekly trips to the boat access in town with the kids. It's great for the the once a month extended camping trips - cause the 4ft by 6ft box holds everything under the canoes. I'd attach pics but I'm new here and just getting the hang of it.
Trailering is the way to go. Trust me. I know. - I might as well have Yakima tattoed on my face for all the racks and attachments I own for other vehicles - BUT there is nothing faster to load and unload a canoe than a trailer. It pulls great, no problems in the wind and come on - who really wants to be lifting a drippy, muddy canoe over their heads and sliding it over the passenger area of the vehicle. Not anymore.
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Unread 01-19-2011, 12:16 AM   #14
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Found a solution!

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Unread 01-19-2011, 09:26 AM   #15
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Found a solution!

Did you buy that trailer new or used ? How much did it cost ?
I have 6 ( 17 foot )kayaks and plan to build a couple of "trees", ( 1front, and 1 rear ) to mount on a trailer like that one to hold all 6 at once. I used to haul them on my F-250, but my Jeep is too small to haul more than 2.
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