Cartopping a Northeaster Dory - Spacered Inwales

I would like to cartop (upside down) my Northeaster Dory but I worry about the spacered inwales.  Has anyone tried this on crossbars before?  I wonder if I shouldn’t make a spacer so that the weight of the boat rests on the edge of the hull itself and not the onboard corner of the spacered inwales.  Or maybe an abundance of foam padding would distribute the load enough?

Thanks!

-Will


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RE: Cartopping a Northeaster Dory - Spacered Inwales

Will,

Every boat I've ever cartopped on its wales has always had the wood damaged, some more than others. The only way I've found to avoid that is to trailer the boat.

Or you could decide that you don't care and consider the wales to be sacrificial parts that you'll be repairing every now and then.

Your ideas will definitely help limit the damage, but not eliminate it altogether (unless there's something unique about the NE Dory that I've never seen on other boats).

Good luck,

Laszlo

 

RE: Cartopping a Northeaster Dory - Spacered Inwales

If you cartop something shaped like a wing it might be better to put it so the lift is pushing the car down instead of lifting it up....  I used to cartop my kayak, upside down the car started to feel unstable over 50 mph, right side up I could go 70 with no feeling of loss of control.

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