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    Posted: 20 Feb 19 at 9:01pm
I have a Europe dinghy which is a bit small for me, however it fits on the car roof, CitroŽn berlingo with mast and launch trolley. I can lift it on my own, but find help from wife makes it easier.

Now, i would like something a bit bigger, and have always liked the look of the solo dinghy. What are people's thoughts on whether it would also be car toppable with trolley and mast? I am thinking it may be a bit too much.

Any experience gratefully received.

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It's a fair bit bigger and heavier than the Europe. Car roof weight limits could be a problem. I'm not sure I could safely load one singlehanded either.
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The all up weight should be within the permissible roof loading of the Berlingo but it is going to be too heavy to get up and down alone.
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10kg heavier than a Laser and 25kg heavier than a Europe. Probably easy enough for two to get up there but a challenge solo (pun intended) unless you are Geoff Capes.
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Thanks all. So unlikely solo, but possible with two, even if one is a feable woman (ducks for cover) 
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Originally posted by Rusty69

Thanks all. So unlikely solo, but possible with two, even if one is a feable woman (ducks for cover)†

I don't think I've ever seen a Solo roof racked, but plenty of Lasers and Moth variants. Before I made any decisions based on whether its practical or not I think I'd want to try it..
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It wouldnít be easy with the centreboard, the depth of the hull and the boom is not as easily removable as on a Laser (continuous outhaul attached to hull). Not to mention the mast isnít two-piece so is longer than the car.
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Used to regularly put a Firefly on the roof of various cars. The Berlingo is short and high, though - not the best platform. Think car roofs have got a bit wimpy since, too. Tow bar seems easier?
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Originally posted by Rusty69

Thanks all. So unlikely solo, but possible with two, even if one is a feable woman (ducks for cover) 

I don't think I've ever seen a Solo roof racked, but plenty of Lasers and Moth variants. Before I made any decisions based on whether its practical or not I think I'd want to try it..

Good idea. 
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Originally posted by Peaky

It wouldnít be easy with the centreboard, the depth of the hull and the boom is not as easily removable as on a Laser (continuous outhaul attached to hull). Not to mention the mast isnít two-piece so is longer than the car.

There is some overhang with the Europe one piece mast. I guess the solo mast is longer. I can't remember the allowable overhang. 2m at back seems to ring a bell 
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