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  Tying on a short soft kayak
  Posted by: old_user on Sep-14-07 10:33 AM (EST)

Here's the way I'm tying on my 10' Victory Blast from Dicks. I'm not offering it as a better way, just my way, and I welcome any feedback. I place the boat upside down on my Ford Explorer roof rack, move it forward so the front toggle misses the winshield, at the side of the rack so my rope goes straight up. I use a 20' hank of half inch climbing rope which I throw in the boat when I hit the water. I start with a bowlin knot at the corner of the rack above the drivers door. Throw it straight across the top, go under the crosspiece and back under the rear crosspiece. Up & over the yak with a truckers hitch, tighten down and finish with a couple of half hitches at the rear drivers side corner of the rack. Once the boat is mounted, it only takes about a minute to tie and seems very stable at highway speeds. I can push on the boat from the drivers window to see if it's snug. Admitedly, I only drive 15 minutes to a putin, but it seems stable enought to go further. I once flew a basketball backboard off a roofrack and I'm finally getting over the fear of seeing my boat in my rearview mirror!

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