Has anyone ever done it? How?
Yes, this is a serious question. I keep losing my secondary paddling vehicles. First, someone in my family took my Honda CRV. Recently, my wife took over the Saab, for which I shopped aggressively and successfully for Thule racks.
Now, I've been given back the 1995 Mustang convertible. I'm tired of lifting canoes onto my van, so I fantasize about using the Mustang. I suppose I could get a trailer, but they seem like such a hassle to me. Plus, I'd be fired from the Pony society for putting a trailer hitch on a Mustang.
I used to know a guy who used an MG or Triumph convertible to carry his Perception HD-1. He had constructed some sort of arrangement with metal pipes, which he could only use with the top down. I have no ability to build such a thing.
I'm thinking of just putting a canoe on foam blocks on the vinyl convertible top with straps going through the windows. Maybe if I position the foam blocks over the horizontal bars in the convertible top. But those bars are not real strong. But, but, the canoe isn't really that heavy.
What about air flow lift? Maybe the whole rag top would rip off at highway speed. That would be ugly. But maybe that's just an exaggerated fear.
Paralyzed with a lack of empirical evidence and weak hypotheses.
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Posted by: yatipope on Jun-12-14 4:35 PM (EST)
I have owned several convertibles but would never attempt a roof structure to haul a boat. Just get a small tow hitch and trailer. Its the only realistic safe and common sense approach.
I saw a Jeep convertible|
Posted by: pagayeur on Jun-12-14 5:05 PM (EST)
once that had a roll bar about the same height as the top of the windshield frame. If the frame was strong enough and the top down it appeared that something could be done that way without even buying racks. Of course that would probably be limited to one canoe and I assume on those Jeep convertibles the top fits over the roll bar, not sure about Stangs. Just a crazy thought.
oh boo hoo!|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Jun-12-14 5:34 PM (EST)
I will gladly trade you a fully functional boat-carrying vehicle for your mustang convertible. I'll even throw in the rack! ;)
Posted by: redmond on Jun-12-14 5:36 PM (EST)
Before Bonnie and I were married, she carried her 12' Epic GPX on her convertible with the top down. She put it in upside down with the bow in the passenger footwell. The passenger seat then stuck up into the cockpit pretty solidly. She bungied it down and the stern stuck up in the air. Quite a sight but it worked!
Posted by: harry0244 on Jun-12-14 7:02 PM (EST)
It would get you fired from the pony society, but one of those hitch mounted supports for the rear, and foam pads at the windshield with tie downs from under the hood should work
I've done it...|
Posted by: tjalmy on Jun-12-14 8:56 PM (EST)
but it was long ago and far away. Of course the top has to be down, you don't want to ruin the fabric. Foam pipe insulation split and laid across the top of the windshield frame. I built an old school 'goal post' out of 2 x 4's for a supporting rack that went behind the seats. Front and rear tie downs to the old chrome bumpers was the easy part. Used it on a '71 Spitfire and a '73 MG Midget.
Roll bar, styling bar|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Jun-12-14 11:04 PM (EST)
There are Mustang roll bar cages, but it's much too ugly and inconvenient.
Harry's idea might work|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Jun-13-14 9:08 AM (EST)
If you're not going long-distance, but then you're stuck with a hitch mount.
Posted by: willowleaf on Jun-13-14 9:27 AM (EST)
I think your major "paralysis" originated in letting family members "claim" all the vehicles that were appropriate to pursuing your hobby. Do they "need" those cars to haul their own boats? I'm guessing not.
Off topic, Gypsy Rose Willow|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Jun-13-14 9:49 AM (EST)
But the answer is that their needs for functioning vehicles to commute to work far outweigh, by mutual consent, my needs for an occasional hobby car.
Posted by: rival51 on Jun-15-14 8:00 PM (EST)
For the price of most solutions - either for the hitch, installation, and a decent trailer, or for the damage inflicted on the Muskrat you might be better looking for a beater S=10 or Ranger. Especially one with a still mostly functional cap on the bed. If it's ugly enough no one will want to 'borrow' it.
What I did with a Vette|
Posted by: wavespinner on Jun-16-14 7:58 AM (EST)
Frame mounted receivers on both ends with goalpost (T) racks. Worked fine.
Posted by: ret603 on Jun-16-14 8:44 AM (EST)
What's a new top cost?|
Posted by: Marshall on Jun-16-14 8:43 AM (EST)
At the risk of damaging the mustang just reclaim you Saab for the paddle trip.
Receivers and T-bars|
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Jun-16-14 2:15 PM (EST)
As Wavespinner did with a Corvette, my friend with a Mustang convertible did also. He had trailer hitch receivers mounted front and back just under the bumpers and receiver mounted T-bars made to hold the canoe above the windshield and roof. Car can be driven top-up or top-down; and the t-bars removed in seconds. The receivers are 1.25" and not the larger 2". but are plenty strong to support the t-bars and canoe.
da'lan hidden hitch|
Posted by: morayreef on Jun-16-14 4:41 PM (EST)
Try a da'lan hidden hitch, you may not even be able to see it when it is installed.