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