I am looking at a smaller car with no trailer hitch... which leaves the car top rack left for a transportation option. and recommendations on brands or styles of racks for my laser? how do you have it tied down? pictures would be great!!
The gudgeons are not that strong, certainly not enough to prevent the boat from going forward in the event of massive deceleration. You would be much better off using the traveler. Also, if you do any high speed driving (over 40mph/60kph), you should consider a line from the front of the dolly down to the front bumper (there is usually a tow ring or structural point your can tie into under the bumper), especially when your racks are close together and in the middle of the hull, there can be quite a bit of upward aero force, trying to lever the hull off the racks and the racks off the roof.I cannot help with roof racks but I have put some pictures of how my laser goes on the roof of my car. I also put pipe lagging on the roof bars to prevent rubbing on the boat, this also helps to keep the boat in place once on. I firstly put the boat on and I use webbing straps to secure the boat to the roof bars. Then I tie the spars onto the bottom of my trolley and then I put the inverted trolley on top of the boat and then tie that down. I also tie a rope from the gudgeons on the transom down to the towing eye on the car to prevent the boat slipping forward when the car stops. Hope that helps
Whilst at an open mtg at Whitstable (UK) in the 1950s, I remember seeing a Flying Dutchman, plus mast, arrive from Holland on top of a VW Beetle. Now that was a balancing act!
I'm trying to get a mental picture here. I'm imagining a World War II-era walkie-talkie with a Brownie Hawkeye bolted to the top of it.Where was your camera phone when you needed it?!
You just need to tie the bow and stern down, which stops any movement. The boat will happily travel 1000's of miles/kilometers without need to be supported up front and in back...If you are going to do what the kid in the pictures did, be careful because that will eventually wreck your laser, this is because it is balancing on only the centre area of your boat and every time you hit a bump, it will flew the boat in the aft and forward section because there is no support there, just like a see saw to an extent.
Chris, if you have some specific examples to prove your point, please post them as there are many of us here and thousands (yes thousands) more who have trekked all over North America, Europe and down under with the boats on top, properly secured, with NO damageThere will be long term damage though.
There are two pressure points with a rack.Its common sense, pressure on one pivot point in the middle, there will be long term damage, maybe not noticeable, but the boat will bounce back and fourth like a sea-saw to some extent no matter how well you tie down the bow or stern.