Homemade car rack plans?
Posted by: old_user on Mar-16-07 9:12 AM (EST) Category: Other Gear
I am a very excited first time canoe owner. Just purchased an alumacraft Quetico 17'5". Bought it used from an outfitter for pretty cheap. I did, however, use up all the money that was so graciously allotted to me by my wife. We are 24 years old and in the process of buying a home so I am just grateful that I got a boat at all. Now, it occurs to me that I do need a way to transport it, as it does not float in my front yard, and if it did, there are no fish there.
Due to budget constraints,I am considering either foam blocks or a homemade rack. I have been searching on pnet and on the web to find some good/cheap homemade rack plans, without much success. Would a simple rectange made of 2x4's with some suction cups on the bottom work well enough? Or even one 2x4 at the front and back of the roof of my car? Any other low cost options I am missing? Thank you for any and all suggestions!
PS- I drive a '97 Buick Skylark if it matters. And yes, I do recognize not many 24 year olds drive Buicks, in case any were wondering :)
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quick and easy|
Posted by: suiram on Mar-16-07 9:27 AM (EST)
Quick & Easy|
Posted by: FatElmo on Mar-16-07 9:33 AM (EST)
"IF" yer have rain gutters on yer Buick...
as an Alternative Roof Rack option,|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-16-07 9:38 AM (EST)
I have had great success with using something called Handirack.. Hard to get in the US,, but I do see them on ebay now and then.. They work great,, and remember to still tie down front and back... Tremendous affordable roof rack option at an affordable price !
Posted by: FatElmo on Mar-16-07 9:49 AM (EST)
Yes... A little weary|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-16-07 10:41 AM (EST)
But what does handirack do|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-16-07 10:49 AM (EST)
That two foam noodles and a few straps wouldn't do just as well? Can't see it being worth 49 British pounds plus international shipping.
Q. Durability of the handirak?|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-16-07 11:17 AM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Mar-16-07 9:58 PM (EST)
Malone Auto Racks just completed a deal for exclusive distribution of HandiRack in North America.
You have one canoe and no money|
Posted by: liveoutside on Mar-16-07 1:57 PM (EST)
you should just go get the $30 car topping kit at the local sporting goods store. With that you can put it on the Buick, or the wife's car, or your buddy's ride when you want to go fishing. they don't take up room in your new garage and are really pretty convienient.
foam blocks and straps|
Posted by: swordfish on Mar-16-07 2:32 PM (EST)
You'v got the right idea about using the foam blocks. That is the least expensive option I could find. You might find them for less on eBay.
pipe insulation or foam noodles|
Posted by: FrankNC on Mar-16-07 3:53 PM (EST)
In the past I've split pip insulation or foam pool noodles and slipped then onto the gunnels of the canoe. Then I used straps to hold it onto the roof. The pool noodles serve as long home made blocks.
Dicks Sporting goods|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-16-07 4:22 PM (EST)
Foam blocks sufficient?|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-16-07 5:44 PM (EST)
I actually had purchased a set of foam blocks about a week ago but have not opened them yet. I read a bunch of foam block bashing here on pnet and got the impression that a homemade rack might be superior. If the general consensus is that the blocks are functional, that would be fantastic. That was not the impression that I got. From this discussion, I may end up staying with the blocks. Thanks to all for you time and energy helping us newbs enjoy the water!
Foam blocks, straps and tie downs|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-16-07 6:15 PM (EST)
Will work. The trick is spending a lot of time the first time figuring out how to secure it, then try to shake and wiggle the boat around to make sure it is secure. Some day, you're likely to want to get a decent rack system, as it makes things easier. But you can get by with foam blocks, straps and tie downs for quite a while.
Buy a rack|
Posted by: nermal on Mar-16-07 10:12 PM (EST)
For all the time you will save loading.
I used blocks and or noodles for a long|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-17-07 10:28 AM (EST)
time before breaking down and buying a Yakima rack. Obviously a Yakima or Thule rack is superior but you can do very well with the foam blocks if you tie it down well.
Posted by: old_user on Mar-17-07 12:16 PM (EST)
So... In Handi-rack's promo: http://www.handirackuk.com/how.asp , it shows the rack inflating completely with three strokes of the air pump... Anyone have any idea how long this actually might take? Guess a guy could just leave it inflated, huh?
Yep, works as simple as the Promo shows,|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-17-07 12:44 PM (EST)
Posted by: Tebpac on Mar-17-07 12:51 PM (EST)
are a pain at first but after using them you'll get it down. If you say you are out of money, then you are out of money. Budget for a rack in the future and use the blocks for now since you already have them. If something else presents itself that is affordable and you like it, go for it.
Only 4 hours - then see your doctor|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-17-07 12:53 PM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Mar-18-07 8:18 PM (EST)
Sounds like a good deal !|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-22-07 3:23 PM (EST)
Once you receive your Handirack, let me know what you think of it,, curious..