FWIW, looks to be OK...
Posted by: t.george on Sep-26-12 10:26 PM (EST)
...but, I've zero experience with the "rack system" you're using. I've got a Thule on my 2012 Golf,(poor man's GTI), with foam cradles and used it with up to two boats at a time,(FG Tempest 165 & Dagger Alchemy, Alchemy with poly Zephyr, Zephyr & poly Avocet). Thule has a relatively narrow footprint between bars suggested of only 28". I stretched it out to 30" and used bow lines. No trouble over the windy Altimont Pass at flow of traffic speeds. If you want stern lines to, you can tie a web loop around each of the steel cargo net loops at the rear inside of the hatchback, flop them out, close the hatch and tie to them. I found some fairly stout screws for web loop mounting points under the hood for my bow lines. YMMV, I only use the stern lines for really long drives & don't even use the bow lines for short trips with speeds 55 & lower in good weather.
I've since built a rack extention that lets the boats bulkheads rest on bars with the foam saddles & now only use bow lines for longer trips or windy cond. while stern lines will prolly be used even less. In theory I could fit three boats now :).
All the best, t.george
P.S. now is the time when the "safty police" will chime in with a plethora of horror stories and chastisements.
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