but from the experience I do have I much prefer rope tied using a bowline around the bars and a trucker's hitch to tie the canoe to the bars over straps and buckles. My experience is that straps do not hold up well to sun exposure and that knicks or partial cuts cause total failure of a strap much more easily that a rope. But, others will disagree no doubt. It is true that a very fragile boat or a boat that you want to keep looking its best might do better with straps. I do use the canoe yakima canoe brackets because I find they work well to prevent the canoe from sliding around on the bars in the wind. The best racks I ever had involved two by fours with carpet attached. But they did not hold up well to long term weather exposure - Yakima bars are better in that regard.
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