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Old 11-20-08, 12:59 AM   #1
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hauling a canoe

I inherited a 17 foot long by 3 foot wide fiberglass canoe, and have a great spot to use it within 4
Miles of my house. Impart your ideas upon me!
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Old 11-20-08, 01:19 AM   #2
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I use a BAW 96A. My kayak is 13' w/ 30" beam. My usual spots are 3 and 7 miles from my house.

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I'd say the lightest way possible would be to fashion up a rotatable mount to attach one end to your rear rack and strap a couple wheels to the other end. I'm thinking that you could carry it the way they do very long logs. After all, the canoe is rigid enough to act as a frame for you and save weight.

http://www.teara.govt.nz/NR/rdonlyre.../p12252tmb.jpg
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Yep
There was a thread on this Here

AND

Instructions HERE
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Old 11-21-08, 04:12 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info so far- narrowing things down
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I use a BAW 96A. My kayak is 13' w/ 30" beam. My usual spots are 3 and 7 miles from my house.

http://www.bikeforums.net/attachment...1&d=1217798673
That's quite a trailer. My arrangement for a similar boat is much less elaborate:


I just tie the bow to the seat rails and have the boat on a canoe cart.
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Old 06-06-11, 06:53 PM   #7
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Last week I stumbled upon this website. This carrier is advertised for canoes and kayaks:

http://www.seattlesportsco.com/produ...&idcategory=78
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Funny this thread got resurrected right when I finished my towing rig. Here's my 17 foot kayak hooked up to my Big Dummy. It works great!
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Funny this thread got resurrected right when I finished my towing rig. Here's my 17 foot kayak hooked up to my Big Dummy. It works great!
Not to hijack , but I do hope you lock/hide that nice BD while your out there paddling. Thugs will rob surfers cars/bikes while they are out surfing. Happened to me surfing in San Diego.... One thug to keep an eye on you in the water while the other robs you blind. But you prolly know this already, i just noticed your in L.A..... like me
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Not to hijack , but I do hope you lock/hide that nice BD while your out there paddling. Thugs will rob surfers cars/bikes while they are out surfing. Happened to me surfing in San Diego.... One thug to keep an eye on you in the water while the other robs you blind. But you prolly know this already, i just noticed your in L.A..... like me
I have a u-lock and a cable lock. I'm covered.
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I love this thread. im researching portaging/touring using a solo canoe and folding bike.....i'd tow the canoe with the bike. im wondering why there are only two kayak/canoe hauling posts in the archives.

Anyone tow their boats?
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I just completed the youtube video of my latest trailer used for my Canoe. I am going to use this to reach some out of the way duck hunting areas.

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This thread is excellent!

I actually have had frequent thoughts about doing this. Now I know that I am not alone!


Of curiosity, over what distances have you managed to haul your watercraft?



Hats off to all you intrepid gentlemen!
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Of curiosity, over what distances have you managed to haul your watercraft?
The picture I posted above was taken before heading to a reservoir about 30 miles away. No problem on most of the ride, but I did have to stop to rest for a minute on the 1200' high hill that comes just before the reservoir - unfortunately the same hill has to be climbed from the other side on the trip home.
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30 miles is impressive!!!!

I just put mine together this weekend so no real trips yet just test runs around the neighborhood. My duck hunting areas are about 8 miles away for the closest one with floatable water. During hunting season the day is so short I am not sure if I am going to go straight from my house but I might try. I was just thinking of towing the canoe with all my stuff to some areas and then hooking up my trailer to the bike. There is one area here that is motorless only and the pond is 6 miles from the nearest parking.

All my friends think I am nuts, that is part of the fun.
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I love this thread. im researching portaging/touring using a solo canoe and folding bike.....i'd tow the canoe with the bike. im wondering why there are only two kayak/canoe hauling posts in the archives.

Anyone tow their boats?
I've thought about doing this, too -- I have a folding bike, and I have a Wike canoe trailer, though I've only used it as a set of portage wheels so far. The biggest concern I have is fitting all the stuff in a solo canoe -- a trailer with wheels big enough to deal with bike speeds (as opposed to tiny portage wheels) and the folding bike aren't small or light (and, er, neither am I), and while I could toss them in for a day trip, I couldn't fit them in my solo boat along with camping gear. I think you'd want a bigger boat -- flip a 16 foot prospector around and paddle from the front seat/install a kneeling thwart, or something like that -- the bike and trailer will pretty much double your load. Plus I haven't figured out how I'd rig it for safety in case of capsize, which isn't a huge deal on day trips/well-populated areas, but everything is more serious in the backcountry.
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