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Originally posted by Rupert

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?

I have nowhere to store a road trailer, only the boat and trolley. I know that doesn't make a lot of sense, but that is how it is. 
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Have you thought about a Streaker? Similar dimensions to a Solo but I believe lighter. I have roof racked one comfortably in the past.
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Originally posted by The Moo

Have you thought about a Streaker? Similar dimensions to a Solo but I believe lighter. I have roof racked one comfortably in the past.

Thanks. I'll take a look. 
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Originally posted by The Moo

Have you thought about a Streaker? Similar dimensions to a Solo but I ve lighter. I have roof racked one comfortably in the past.

That looks like a possibility. I am looking for something with a higher boom than the Europe. Something i don't have to be on my knees all the time. Something i can sit on the side with a deeper cockpit than the laser, but something i can car top.

The streaker could be a contender (pun intended) 
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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?
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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


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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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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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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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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rusty69 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Feb 19 at 11:16am
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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