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Rigging My Canoe? (Respond ASAP Please!)

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Sorry for putting this in the wrong section, but I need an answer fast. I'm home alone, and I'm going to take my canoe out. I have a Ford Expedition, and I'm thinking of shoving it on top, tying the front to two U shaped tow bars beneath the hood, and taking one rope and tying it to one of the hitch holes (for the safety chains) in the back? How do you guys normally do it?

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You'll want to put a ratchet strap over the mid section of the canoe. Open your doors, run the strap over and through, tighten it down real good. Tie the ropes up like you said, and you'll be okay. I would not, however, recommend going with just the front and back tie-downs. I found out the hard way that the center strap is necessary. At 60 mph, a canoe sliding off the side of your car can scare the bejeebers out of you.

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awesome, thanks for the advice. I just opened the glass trunk and stuck it 2/3 through that, and tied it down instead though, lol.

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That oughtta work if you aren't going too far. Remember to hang a red flag from the end to keep it legal. Have fun!

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When I bought my aluminum canoe up in Mt. Iron a few years ago, my plan was to just shove it in the back of my 8' bed and tie it down. It could have been a sales pitch, but the folks at the store said that it was hard on the canoe to only support half of it. Of course, that was driving it down to the Cities so short trips may not harm it.

If you like your vehicle, make sure to use some of those foam pads to protect the paint on your roof.

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Yep. Foam pads, ratchet strap(s), tie-downs. And a yoke to carry it is awfully nice, too, if you have to do it yourself.

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You can buy a kit for under $30 at sporting good stores that has two nylon straps for each end, on for the middle, and foam pas for the gunwales that works pretty well.

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