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Great thread! We just acquired a 25 year old Mad River Explorer in Kevlar and are excited to get it out on the water. Since we live in a desert there's no getting around having to haul a canoe some distance to use it, so I wanted to make sure we did that safely and securely.

Thanks especially to @norshor @Chug & @Longboardr for the great ideas and pics posted in this thread. I borrowed from all of them for my setup.

I bought a couple 1' lengths of 1.5" NRS webbing strap to make some tiedown loops for the front. Used Chug's suggestion of heating up a bolt to melt through the strap cleanly, worked great.





For the roof rack my strut channel crossbars would work great, but they are a little bit narrow, so I got a set of slightly longer ones. The originals are 40" and the replacements are 48". I got powdercoated black steel low profile channel from McMaster Carr and drilled a few holes in it. Easy.





The uprights at the ends of the bars are just strut channel angle connectors and they're definitely overkill (1/4" steel!) but they'll work. Version 2.0 may involve something that actually follows the contours of the gunwales and hull to provide an extra level of retention. Almost like a big clamp for the canoe. But for now these should work.



We will be strapping the canoe down with some 12' rollercam straps. For the stern we have a Maxterra rear bumper with beefy shackle mount points, still need to figure out what type of rope or strap to use for that.

I'll get a few pics of the canoe actually mounted, hopefully this weekend when we're planning to take it out for the first time!
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...still need to figure out what type of rope or strap to use for that.

Check out the alpine butterfly knot and the trucker's hitch. With those two knots you can tie down things to the X with rope tighter than would be advisable.
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Great thread! We just acquired a 25 year old Mad River Explorer in Kevlar and are excited to get it out on the water.
Hey... I also have a ~20 year old Mad River Explorer (Royalex with Kevlar skid plates) and a very similar solution! After trying several off the shelf items and having a heart attack everytime I drove while I watched the canoe practically swing in circles on the roof, I went with good ole' L-brackets.

https://www.thenewx.org/forum/29-gea...ml#post4231608



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What ever you use.. SECURE IT! Dble Check, and Re-Check.
Was told Last night of a Vehicle with Kayak attached to J-Racks. Doing 70 plus on Hwy.. Well, Human error Did something wrong or Did not Check Nuts an bolts Etc.. It Blew off, smashed into aFront of RV.. High Speed OUCH!!... OOP's.

I tend to Over do anchor points ;-) Do not want to be THAT Guy!...

Been using these for my Kayak on front and Back. With the Front I create a Triangle Top to Kayak, Then to the Straps on hood.. Pull tight, secure the loose ends.. Done.

Thinking of using the Smaller Version for my Hammock Rain Fly. Easy to adjust and goes around 3' Tree's with ease..


These list at 150 Lbs.. Will not test that limit..

NOTE: Make sure When you buy them IT say's PAIR.. Got screwed on one set.. Only to get one!.. not a pair.. grrrrr..
This link, sells in Two's.
LE KAPMOZ Kayak Tie Down Straps Canoe Bow and Stern Heavy Duty Cargo Ratchet Pulley Rope Hanger (1/4",10/12 Ft)
by LE KAPMOZ

Linky: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Canoe rack setup worked great for our maiden voyage. The boat stayed put on the way to the lake, didn't sink on the water... it was a good day!

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We use Yakima racks with canoe mounts (cleats?) that hold the canoe in tight in the snarliest of winds. The round bars are long enough to accommodate a mountain bike used for shuttling back up the river.

The canoe is a canvas-covered, cedar-ribbed 16 foot Chestnut Prospector. Weights about 75 lb. dry and over 90 lb. wet.

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I picked up on a year or so ago and have yet to do anything with it lol. I'm glad I found this thread so I can hoist it up on the rack. Thanks for the ideas guys!

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