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    Posted: 23 Feb 19 at 8:31am
Interesting video, I half remember some folk back in the day using a device that attached to the roof rack that the hull sort of slid on to effect something similar. Can't recall where they came from but I think they weren't that much different to something like this. Not that much different to the way the guy with the Aero loads his hull, but with something more substantial than a blanket to protect the car.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykODnXHfuM4

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Originally posted by Peter Barton

I would be temped to use this method even if there are two of you, especially if you are stretched with a heavier boat. You are only lifting half of the boat at a time and in a more controlled manner. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfA1OZvCbbY

Our current method is to slide it off the trolley and stand it upright against the back of the berlingo on tyres (vertical), and then lift and slide face down. I can do it single handed with the Europe at a push. The main problem is the initial lift. It would probably be easier if it were initially a bit higher of the ground.

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I would be temped to use this method even if there are two of you, especially if you are stretched with a heavier boat. You are only lifting half of the boat at a time and in a more controlled manner. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfA1OZvCbbY
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Mate of mine used to roof rack a Fireball on his Dads Volvo estate !   As others have said, as long as the car and roof rack can take the load the biggest issue is needing 2 or 3 big strong types to lift it on and off.  For once/twice a season can't see why not, but high vehicles are really hard work. I used to roof rack a sailboard on an SUV and that was hard work, don't think I'd have tried to roof rack a dinghy.


Ha ha. In my younger days, we used to stick my fireball on top of my dads vw camper.
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Mate of mine used to roof rack a Fireball on his Dads Volvo estate !   As others have said, as long as the car and roof rack can take the load the biggest issue is needing 2 or 3 big strong types to lift it on and off.  For once/twice a season can't see why not, but high vehicles are really hard work. I used to roof rack a sailboard on an SUV and that was hard work, don't think I'd have tried to roof rack a dinghy.
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I have started to now look at streakers and lighting 368,both lighter than a Solo. The lightnings centreboard looks a better bet for me than a daggerboard. 

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Mmm. Looks like the lightning rig may be nearly as low as the europe.


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Originally posted by Sam.Spoons

If the load on/off is only twice a year I would be recruiting a couple of mates to help and buying them a couple of beers  Wink roof-racking a Solo wouldn't be a problem with a little help. The mast would be fine, I regularly carry a 7m mast on a shogun roof as the mast prop is too short on the trailer

Yep. It is only twice a years. Oops, I should have mentioned that. Whilst OK at one end, it would require the kindness of strangers at the other end. Still, an option though. Cheers
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If the load on/off is only twice a year I would be recruiting a couple of mates to help and buying them a couple of beers  Wink roof-racking a Solo wouldn't be a problem with a little help. The mast would be fine, I regularly carry a 7m mast on a shogun roof as the mast prop is too short on the trailer
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Originally posted by Sam.Spoons

Surely if you can store a boat and trolly you have room to store a road base, just leave the boat/trolly on the road base?

Nope. The dinghy spends the summer months on the sea wall, which is not accessible by road. I have nowhere to store the trailer at home, and too tight to join the local sailing club. And,yet another excuse, if that wasn't enough already Big smile, I have no towbar.
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Originally posted by 423zero


Rules for carrying items on vehicle roof, you will notice their are different rules for carrying racing boats and rowing boats.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/overhanging-loads-on-vehicles/overhanging-loads
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1986/1078/schedule/12/made



Thanks for that. So 2m overhang front and back is doable legally if the spar can easily be supported. Perhaps strapped to a bit of wood.

Thanks for all your advice.

I have started to now look at streakers and lighting 368,both lighter than a Solo. The lightnings centreboard looks a better bet for me than a daggerboard.

I know i am now going off topic (perhaps I should start another?). I have always avoided wooden boats due to the maintenance issues and me being a lazy so and so. However, how do epoxy coated wooden boats fair in terms of maintenance compared to grp? I am guessing epoxy coated wood would be lighter than grp?

Thanks again all.
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