Roof racking or trailering... Vote for which you like best?

Discussion in 'Laser Talk' started by Laser117077, Jan 5, 2013.

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Vote which method you prefer: Roof racking or trailering

  1. Roof rack

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  2. Trailer

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  1. Laser117077

    Laser117077 New Member

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    Which method would you do if you had both available? Trailering is quicker but roof racking puts less stress on the hull....
     
  2. Deimos

    Deimos Member

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    I think a lot depends of what sort of car/vehicle you have.

    Ian
     
  3. CaptainAhab

    CaptainAhab Active Member

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    Two people are required to car top a single handed Laser. Your comment about hull stress is incorrect. I prefer dolly's on trailers. Completely self sufficient.
     
  4. laserxd

    laserxd Member

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    I talked to a boat repair guy and he said the metal gunwale supports on the kitty hawk type trailers can damage the boat, I think it all depends on how far you trailer the boat and what type of surface you drive on,

    For short trips like going to practice I like to put my dolly on the trailer so I can go singlehanded, there are a few different methods but they all seem to work well

    for longer trips I usually trailer the hull upside down on the trailer with sufficient padding to absorb shock, so I use some foam padding under the deck where it contacts the trailer, then put soft padding under the straps to again spread the load out and protect the hull from scratches, this has worked pretty well

    I've got more dings on my lasers from car topping, sometimes because there are protruding eyes in the racks or just the fact that its tough to load on some cars, It also seems to take alot more time to tie it down,

    the laser fits pretty well in pickup bed's, even the shorter 6ft beds work, you can also fit two lasers on a pickup pretty easily, I've done that a bunch of times
     
  5. Int. Sailing Academy

    Int. Sailing Academy Member

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    trailer.. better on gas!
     
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  6. torrid

    torrid Just sailing

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    My rule of thumb is this - if I'm a long distance where I have to stop for the night, I cartop. Otherwise I trailer. There's a certain amount of extra hassle in securing the boat for cartopping, so there is a threshold to make it worth my while.
     
  7. jon

    jon Member

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    Both.... I keep the boat at home on a trailer, I can load it on the car by myself by having extra long roof bars. I trailer to anything that is less than ~3 hrs away and car top to anything that's farther, particularly when going north-east of Washington DC where cartopping cuts the tolls by almost half and allows using some of the NYC parkways that are off limits to trailers.
     
  8. AlanD

    AlanD Former ISAF Laser Measurer

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    That depends so much on the trolley. Most of the Australian built trolleys are rigid (fully welded) trolleys with the gunnels, which are ideal. Some of the international trolleys the boats are supported on their bottoms and the trolleys are made of aluminium with plastic joints, hence not really rigid and not that ideal for long trips. Even some of the Australian aluminium trolleys fail when used over long distance trips.
     
  9. AlanD

    AlanD Former ISAF Laser Measurer

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    Having two cars damaged by the using roof racks, I'm hesitant to put a boat ever again on the roof racks. Modern roof racks are better but a laser is relatively heavy and creates a lot of windage.
     
  10. laserxd

    laserxd Member

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    That's a good point Alan, you're definitely not going to damage the trailer by loading a laser
     
  11. Pedal-Force

    Pedal-Force Member

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    Trailer for sure. I have my Right-On trailer. Boat lives on the dolly and rarely leaves the yacht club (although I'm hoping to change that this year), but when I do need to trailer it it's really simple to get it up there and the Seitech holds the boat by the gunwales.
     
  12. torrid

    torrid Just sailing

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    Can you explain how you do this?
     
  13. rugger_sailor

    rugger_sailor New Member

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    I have used both Kitty Hawk and Trailex trailers. Both come with pivot bow support so you can load it by yourself. You can also double stack your buddies' boat for long road trips. I break down the trolley and put it in the trunk or put on top of the inverted second boat.
     
  14. chas5131

    chas5131 New Member

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    Used a Rhino Rack T-loader. At 67 and after four shoulder surgeries I can load my Laser onto the topper which is on my Toyota Tundra. It is long way up there, but not difficult with the t-loader.
     
  15. andyatos

    andyatos Active Member

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    Thanks for posting about the Rhino Rack T-Loader. I take it you load it hull up, deck down, correct? And is the webbing strap that goes across wide enough to handle the width of the beam of the Laser? Or do you have to lift the stern above that webbing and T as you push it the rest of the way on to the top of your Tundra?

    Thanks,

    - Andy
     
  16. chas5131

    chas5131 New Member

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    Have loaded it upright. Ordered a wider bar,1650mm, to make it easier to load it upside down.

    The strap will not be long enough. Will add my own strap.
     
  17. torrid

    torrid Just sailing

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    If you could, please post some pictures.
     
  18. Wavedancer

    Wavedancer Upside down? Staff Member

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    or some video, please
     
  19. Voodoo 158546

    Voodoo 158546 Hard hiking at the end of a 3hr race, killer

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    I used to roof rack it everywhere.
    Cost of dedicated roof bars - £30 on ebay.
    Versus
    Cost of dedicated electronic hook up for car inc. towbar & labour £995 ( vw quote, new golf still in warranty )
    Cost of trailer - £250 - £350
    Cost of storing the trailer £90 pa

    Then there's the worry some fker will nick it, UK roads fairly suk and lasers ain't heavy enough to activate trailer suspension so the gunnels or deck take the abuse.
    The kick up of road dross/tar/stones ain't fun on the hull, cover or not.

    I used to have a vw bay van, I used to put the laser on the roof solo no probs.
    Standing the boat up on the transom next to the van, rest the bow on the sponge on the roof bars and bench press the stern up and over..
     
  20. chas5131

    chas5131 New Member

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    The Hobie being loaded weighs about 130 lbs.
    A laser is wider. When loaded upside down it requires a wider/ longer bar and strap.
     

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