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I am (finally) getting a canoe!

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    Posted: 20 July 2018 at 13:29
LOL - I know that doesn't sound like much of a big deal, but it is to me; I've wanted one all of my adult life but circumstances or finances have always gotten in the way.
 
However, earlier this week, a friend (and fellow BSB member) had one for sale at a very good price. The canoe is nothing fancy, but by all accounts I can find, it is a solid performer. It is a 17-foot Coleman "Ram-X" canoe, in green, if that matters. About this time next month, I'll head over to the other side of the state and pick it up.
 
I'm pretty excited about this, and can't wait to get on some water with it. When I was young, I floated the Missouri Breaks twice, and would like to do so again, with my youngest son and any of his brothers who might want to join me. We can also hit some of the lakes in the mountains around the state now, which is something else I've wanted to do for a very long time, whether for fishing or just paddling around.
 
I could use some tips on what equipment I should get for transporting it on my car, which does not have any roof rack. The car is a 2008 Ford Taurus, which is just about the same length as the canoe. I found a couple of options online, and would appreciate opinions on them:
 
 
 
One thing I am worried about is the wind from the road "Scooping" the canoe up and off the car; something similar happened to me once when transporting an aluminum flat-bottomed boat in the back of a pickup. Is it just a matter of tying it down really well? Would right-side-up be better than upside-down,or des that matter?
 
Anyway, thanks again, guys - it's a small thing, but I am really excited about it.
 
Ron
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Since you don't have rack on roof, a couple/three "pool noodles", laid across roof and tie down bow and stern, with stout lines or straps, you'll save over those foam blocks and lite lines they have in kits. I'm not built for canoe, but have hauled them for kids.

You want to haul them upside down, don't even consider trying to haul, upright on car. They're built to be carried inverted, strap them down, but don't get silly about it either. I would load it towards back enough, it doesn't block you vision and doesn't hang past back of car more than three feet or so.

I know other's on here, have hauled more of them, but 90% of ones hauled on cars, are on racks of some kind or foam and all are tied down, bow and stern, sometimes a rope around midship, through back windows and across.





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Congrats.  had a greem Ram-x for a while.  only negative was those aluminum reinforcing supports break. 
It is made with coleman ice chest plastic...good news, it doesn't dent  and if it does just set it in the sun for a few days and the dents 'relax'.  Bad news is it can bed and warp if you tie it down tooo tight, then it will not track good.
 
lots of fun.
 
What Robert said.  use noodles (walmart .98 cents).  tie a rope thru the noodle and then up around the outside of the canoe and over the top, pull tight.  then the noodle doesn't move nor  blow out.
 
FRONT ROPE (S) are the most important.  But you need side ropes (thru windows or doors to keep BIG trucks from "BLOWING" IT OFF WHEN PASSING.
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Congratulations. I bet you'll have a great time with it. 

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Invest in a good trolling motor! I still have a 17' Coleman. Wallyworld has the foam pool worms for a buck a piece. Grab a half dozen and stow them in your boat after you unload it. When I say stow, I mean tie your gear to them in case you tip. You can either try to tie it off corner to corner independently or use ratchet straps. The little motor can save your butt in heavy wind and when your too tired to work it hard. Barely has to work to move a light canoe.
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Old carpet on the vehicles roof (pile side down) works good too.
Two layers are better than one.
One can split the pool noodle halfway and clip it over the gunwale also.

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