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Old 07 November 2011, 05:25   #1
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4.3m on roof???

hey eveyone, im just new to this forum and new to inflatables also. vould be a stupid question, but...
just wondering if anyone has, or if it would be do-able to carry a 4.3m inflatable, with inflatable keel on the roof of a wagon. it physically fits, just wondering it it would be safe to drive?

thanks jye.
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Old 07 November 2011, 06:19   #2
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It must be quite a big wagon, my 3.2m SIB is a bit big for the back of the pickup!

I guess the main thing to be aware of is the colossal drag it will generate at speed and all that force is trying to rip the boat off the roof (and the roof off the car!)

How far were you taking it?
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Old 07 November 2011, 06:21   #3
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only gotta take it a few minutes down the road, no highway driving. and just for a few weeks till i buy a trailer. it will hang over alot with it on the roof, but maybe many many straps could hold it down... :P hehe
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Old 07 November 2011, 11:49   #4
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I had my 4.3 bombard on the roof a couple of times. I made a smal lkind of cradle/support for it, bought pretty soon a trailer though. Would not recomend for long distance of continues use.
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Old 07 November 2011, 12:08   #5
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hey eveyone, im just new to this forum and new to inflatables also. vould be a stupid question, but...
just wondering if anyone has, or if it would be do-able to carry a 4.3m inflatable, with inflatable keel on the roof of a wagon. it physically fits, just wondering it it would be safe to drive?

thanks jye.
Should be absolutely fine if positioned correctly, upside down, nose into wind, pointing down. LOTS of decent quality tie down straps and driven sensibly:

Sib On Car Roof
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Old 07 November 2011, 19:58   #6
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thanks everyone for the help and answers appreciate it.
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Old 08 November 2011, 18:49   #7
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When you say no Hi-way driving do you mean not on a public road.
This summer I went camping in Lake Garda Italy and took my Zodiac with me to get it there I made a rack on top of my baggage trailer with a rack for the engine. Whilst there to take it from the camping pitch to the lake about 1/2 mile I tied the bow to the luggage bay and towed it on its launching wheels.
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