I will be traveling 300 + miles at highway speed. What is the most secure and aerodynamic way to transport on my Thule racks? I see the Hull a Port carries them sideways and the Top Deck caries them flat. (I own canoes so I know about securing the fron and back). thanks.
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this looks the most aerodynamic|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Mar-14-11 12:03 PM (EST)
Posted by: suiram on Mar-14-11 12:03 PM (EST)
The airstream gets pushed up from the hood, sideways would present smaller cross-section.
Posted by: ByronWalter on Mar-14-11 2:01 PM (EST)
...carrying my 17 footer on its side but on several occasions cross winds started freaking me out. On one of my last ventures from last season on Lake Erie I ended up coming home mainly on back roads to avoid the worst of the winds. And the force on the boat increases exponentially with increasing wind speed.
Posted by: Phelps on Mar-14-11 2:45 PM (EST)
I've always had small wagons, and have been able to have rack bars at least 42" apart, which I needed for my rowing shell. I mount kayaks upside down and backwards with the low point in the coaming resting on the forward bar tightly strapped down with no pad. The rear bar gets a wrap of thick pipe insulation and the foredeck is strapped not quite so tightly. This point is usually quite close to the fron bulkhead, so the deck is well supported.If there is any movement, it is the boat weathercocking into the wind. The sterns drop into your field of vision, but it doesn't present a problem. There is a slight incline of the boats when mounted this way, but I believe it is the most secure, aerodynamic, and cheap way of doing it. Unfortunately, since the shops don't get to sell you anything this way, they wouldn't recomend it.
only one problem with that|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Mar-14-11 6:08 PM (EST)
I love your allegiance to spending what you need, not what some gimmick factory tells you what you need.
Posted by: radiomix on Mar-14-11 6:21 PM (EST)
On two sets of Mako saddles from yakima. It its the cheapest of the hull down options from all the manufacturers under normal pricing conditions. I know a pool noodles and a million other ways work for less money. But I promise it is so much easier to just put your boat up there and strap it down. The straps and saddles make it very hard to mess up. Plus you don't look like the guy with foam and a backward kayak.
My preference is flat on saddles, but|
Posted by: JackL on Mar-15-11 7:03 AM (EST)
I usually am carrying two yaks and a canoe, so I have the yaks in J cradles.
I have had every rack imaginable.|
Posted by: moparharn on Mar-15-11 9:48 AM (EST)
My favorite is the $27 foam blocks that fit on ANY crossbar. I put them on my Thule cross bars and mount the boat hull side down. Fast, easy, secure, cheap, and if someone steals them I am out $27. No more expensive BS for me. I see now they are trying to get more moeny for them by combining them with straps and charging like $60. Ain't capitalism great. Bill
Posted by: Seadddict on Mar-15-11 10:54 AM (EST)
if time allows. I recently picked up another set of Mako saddles. They ran me $25 for both & they're like new. Our boats have travelled thousands of miles in saddles (right side up obviously) with nary a problem.
Posted by: Marshall on Mar-15-11 12:57 PM (EST)
at $120 but much broader with poly felt lining for slide-em-up applications.