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Old 01-13-2013, 09:38 AM   #1
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Canoe hauling

Does anyone on here carry a canoe on the too of their soft top? I was wondering if this would do damage to my top or if I should buy a rack system. Some of the time ill have my top down but it's the times I wont that worry me

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Old 01-13-2013, 10:40 AM   #2
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I wouldn't do it without a roof rack. Don't think the soft top bows could handle the weight. Plus it might shred the top. Just
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I don't think the soft top frame could handle it. I carry a canoe on my hard top or the safari top using foam blocks. With the safari top the points of contact are the windshield and the sound bar/roll bar. They are rigid enough to strap it down firmly.
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X3. I owned a really nice Old Town canoe and it was too heavy for a soft top's bows to support.
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:23 PM   #5
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I have a 12 foot fishing kayak that I put on top of the rack on my jeep. I have the Garvin Wilderness Rack. The fact that you need to strap the kayak/canoe down to prevent any movement would buckle the soft top frame. If that happens at speed you might loose your boat into traffic. Then you would be up shits creek without a paddle.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:48 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info guys maybe ill just have to bite the bullet on this one and buy a rack then... Anyone know a good rack that still let's me take the top off
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with the top off, you will want a rack. With the top down, just tie it to the roll bars with some cam buckle straps and then tie in the front and rear. I drove this way 400 mile round trip with no issues.
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Could make it easier on yourself and much cheaper. Buy a used jet ski trailer and convert that for hauling yaks. I bought one for $200 and another $30 in PVC pipe and was in business. This was for carrying two Hobie kayaks that weighed about 100lbs each. Plenty of way to rig a jet ski trailer to carry multiple yaks/canoes. Hit me up if you have some questions. Would think you could get a nice setup for less than $400 easily depending on what you want to do.
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Could make it easier on yourself and much cheaper. Buy a used jet ski trailer and convert that for hauling yaks. I bought one for $200 and another $30 in PVC pipe and was in business. This was for carrying two Hobie kayaks that weighed about 100lbs each. Plenty of way to rig a jet ski trailer to carry multiple yaks/canoes. Hit me up if you have some questions. Would think you could get a nice setup for less than $400 easily depending on what you want to do.
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I went with the trailer ideal. I got mine off craigslist real cheap. I also have a congo kage rack on my jeep. I have a canoe and a kayak in the canoe and put 2 kayaks on the rook rack. I love the trailer. since i broke my back i cant be putting the canoe on the roof rack its just to much for me anymore. i can send pics if you like.
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Sorry not the best pictures but all i had right now on work computer. the 2 snow are me stuck while checking trap line wiht canoe and trailer. the summer one is wiht the canoe bars on my congo Kargo kage
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:24 AM   #12
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Yeah, check Clist locally for a jet ski trailer or even one from harbor freight. I prefer jet ski ones as I mount PVC pipe along the boards to support the weight of my yaks. One thing to think about though is the ones from harbor Freight aren't galvanized so depending on where you are and how you use it will determine if you should think about corrosion. I live about 1.5 miles from the beach and almost went that route until I found my trailer like new for $200. Unless you are backing the trailer into the water, not being galvanized shouldn't be that big a deal. I would personally go this route to save money and hopefully not ruin your top if something were to happen.
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There are canoe transport rack that use the trailer hitch.
http://www.etrailer.com/merchant2/gr...44_v3_1000.jpg

I don't know how the price compares with a roof rack, but it might store easier.
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There are canoe transport rack that use the trailer hitch.
http://www.etrailer.com/merchant2/gr...44_v3_1000.jpg

I don't know how the price compares with a roof rack, but it might store easier.
Hmm it would have to depend on how it attached in the front
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That's hardcore, driving thru a foot of snow to go canoeing. Ive got a sit on top Riot Angler and as much as Id like to take it out after some crappie...the thought of sitting in a pool of cold weather has me fishing from the bank.
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That's hardcore, driving thru a foot of snow to go canoeing. Ive got a sit on top Riot Angler and as much as Id like to take it out after some crappie...the thought of sitting in a pool of cold weather has me fishing from the bank.
Well driving thru a foot of snow to check my traps from the canoe is less hardcore then putting on chest waiders and talking a walk in ice cold water. Then the canoe I stay dry and warm plus don't have to carry all the gear because it is in the canoe with me.
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Well in Texas, you doing anything outdoors when its below 50 let alone when the white stuff is on the ground is considered hardcore. I grew up in Northern Indiana and moved to Texas when I was 15...realized Ive gotten a little soft and sensitive to the cold. A deployment to Kyrgyzstan and their winter really kicked my butt.

Ive got an M416 I restored and use Yakima lowrider clamps and 66” crossbars to carry my kayak. Ill post a pic when I get home.
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Thanks for the info guys maybe ill just have to bite the bullet on this one and buy a rack then... Anyone know a good rack that still let's me take the top off
The rack on mine (I'm guessing it to be a congo Kage as it looks just like the one Jasonduke showed above, it came with the Jeep) has 2 bolts in the front and the back is hinged. To take off the top you just have to undo 2 bolts, throw it back, pull the top, and flip it back up. Brackets are at the mirrors and tail lights.
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One of the main reasons I opted for a trailer was the weight of my yaks. I am no small person but hoisting 100+lb yaks on top of a car much less a lifted Jeep is a serious PITA. If your canoes don't weigh much and the cost of the trailer and Congo Kage are similar, I would opt for the cage as at least you have something you can use other than for hauling your canoe around. I was looking at the cages when I got my TJ last month and new those prices are pretty high. No luck finding them used at decent prices here.
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if worst comes to worst, fold up a towel and put it between the roll bar and the canoe. Then fold up another towel to put between the windshield top and the canoe... Strapped down tight they should stay there just fine.

Yeah, you can go all out if you're gonna do it all the time. But if its only once in awhile all you need is something between the canoe and the soft top so it doesn't wear away at it while driving.
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Hmm it would have to depend on how it attached in the front
Same way as the rear. You need a front bumper with a 2" receiver.

I looked at some prices, by the time you get everything you need it's probably close in cost to a cage/roof rack system. Depends what you already have.

Just another option. Here's the page of carriers;

Misc Carriers Hitch Cargo Carrier | etrailer.com
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if worst comes to worst, fold up a towel and put it between the roll bar and the canoe. Then fold up another towel to put between the windshield top and the canoe... Strapped down tight they should stay there just fine.

Yeah, you can go all out if you're gonna do it all the time. But if its only once in awhile all you need is something between the canoe and the soft top so it doesn't wear away at it while driving.
I was actually thinking this maybe because I hate my top I have now because of the back window being a PITA to zip and unzip so I kinda don't care if it gets bad after while and like I said before most of the time if its nice enough to canoe it's nice enough to have the top off
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:43 PM   #23
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Got some pictures for ya today. This is what I do.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:23 PM   #24
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canoe haulin

Here is my solution for carrying canoes on a soft top. I had a Yakima dry dock carrier from a previous vehicle and added a Darby bed extender for the front .I have reciever hitches front and back on my 2012 Sport 2 door. The canoe is 16 1/2 feet and this set up won't work with any thing shorter but it rides OK.
I had to add an 8: extender on back to clear the spare tire
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