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Vantopping

by Jon Deutsch

There are four major lines used to hold the boat on the van, they are outlined and described below.
  • The Yellow line connects the front of the boat to the front of the vehicle and keeps the from flying up and backwards.  It is tied from the front of the vehicle, through the eye hook, looped around the eye hook one more time*, then back to the front of the vehicle.
  • The Blue line connects the front of the boat to the roof rack and keeps the boat from sliding forward in the event of a sudden stop.  The line is tied from the most forward part of the roof rack, through the front eye hook, looped around the eye hook one more time*, then back to the most forward part of the roof rack on the other side.
  • The Green line connects the aft end of the boat to the back of the car.  After taking the traveler off of the boat, the line passes through the fairleads, and down to the back of the vehicle around the bumper.
  • The Red line goes around the top of the boat and keeps the boat from sliding from side to side.  There are many ways this can be done such as zig zagging or just a single line like mine.

*the extra pass trough the eye hook creates friction and helps to keep the boat from sliding from side to side through a turn.

To get the boat on the van using two people, one a each end, we first lifted the boat over our heads.  Next we walked the over the van perpendicular to it's final position, then spun it into position.  For single-handed loading see an idea by Bill Warren or see the cartopping page.

by Jon Deutsch
jon159785@yahoo.com


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