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loading the canoe on the roof rack?

Discussion in 'Tips and Tricks' started by yankee, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. yankee

    yankee Curious about Wooden Canoes

    We have a 16 foot, 80 pound Old Town wood canvas canoe
    and have not figured the best way, easiest to load it on top of our 92 BMW sedan with Yakama roof racks. We are in our early 70's. Any ideas or suggestions sure would be appreciated. Thanks, Bill
  2. MackyM

    MackyM LOVES Wooden Canoes

    I use Yakima racks with the "Boatloader" option. With this I can load a 17' Chestnut cruiser 4on top of a Ford Explorer, which is much taller than I am.
  3. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    This may be stating the obvious but I find that a trailer is the easiest way for me to handle a heavy canoe. Good luck,

  4. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    As Benson mentions, trailers are easier. However, the canoe will get much root dirt and dust on dry days and slimed with crud on rainy days. Consider a cover if you do trailer your canoe.
  5. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    the boat loader is an extension bar that slides in one or the other of the main bars. That way you can put one end of teh canoe up on the extension and then lift the other end to the regular bar and slide it over. i've use it on a tall SUV and it worked great.

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