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Old 07-14-2011, 09:13 AM   #281
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I would not feel comfortable either with the racks only being 23" apart, but if you tie both ends of the kayaks to the front and rear of the truck (as Bill has done), I would think that this would be plenty stable.

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Old 07-14-2011, 10:16 AM   #282
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FWIW;

Wood boats are much stiffer than blow molded yaks, and much lighter, all 5 of my wooden yaks weight 32-38 lbs. a 23" spread between rack points would be ok IMHO for around town transport, 50 mph max pointy ends of yaks tied down also. Now for highway cruising I probably would look at something like the Thule Slipstream. I fabricated a system similar to the slipstream for little money, anyone that can build a strip boat could do likewise.
where's the pics of the stripper ??? they're pretty to look at!!
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:22 AM   #283
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Barry,

Just got an idea.....how about building a frame that would attach to your factory side rails, and extend to the front and the rear giving you attachment area for cross bars that are spread farther appart than the current 23"?

Assuming adequate strength in the factory side rails, this should work.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:25 AM   #284
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thats what the slipstream does for around $300. lol
here's my homemade rack, used u bolts to attach saddles, and another surfski rack on a friends truck
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:41 AM   #285
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FWIW;

Wood boats are much stiffer than blow molded yaks, and much lighter
This should be an advantage with a shorter span between bars...
any way, you have the roofline...you just need some type of rack/rails to accomodate the boats. (I have even used foam blocks/swim noodles for some trips...no problems if everything is lashed down with good straps.)

This will free up your truck bed for other stuff...

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hudsonboatworks has a rack similar to the st catherines for $195.
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Eppies -The great race.

well it was that time again last weekend.
My Men's over 50 team was trying for a 3 peat. Didn't happen, we got 2nd place. they had a smoking fast runner. We had a smoking fast cyclist. and --me--- I was 9 seconds slower than their Huki powered paddler. The PAX20 is a fast kayak for sure.overall we finished 29th of 379 teams. This is the largest kayak race in this country, it's a fun time.
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Old 07-26-2011, 12:34 PM   #288
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Holy Cow, Tim, that's a lot of Yaks! Your 6-1/3 mile time on the water is great. I'm going to have to get on the water and see how my Concept rower time compares to the real world, before I admit you are faster or much faster than me.

Do I recall you wanted to see how my Osprey Double modification worked out? Here it is...

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well it was that time again last weekend.
My Men's over 50 team was trying for a 3 peat. Didn't happen, we got 2nd place. they had a smoking fast runner. We had a smoking fast cyclist. and --me--- I was 9 seconds slower than their Huki powered paddler. The PAX20 is a fast kayak for sure.overall we finished 29th of 379 teams. This is the largest kayak race in this country, it's a fun time.
Those photo's would have made great videos on local news. I didn't see any.
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Holy Cow, Tim, that's a lot of Yaks!

Zep
Zep, the pic of the yaks is only the 379 downstream of the bridge where the teams were assembled. Upstream of the bridge there were another 739 for the Ironmen and Ironwomen.
That's a total of 1118 boats.!.!.
Here's the juicy part, My water time was 25th of all the teams and 35 overall. I'm thrilled about that
But
yesterday at my oncology appointment my doc informed that my cancer appears to be in remission!!!!
Now I'll be able to regain some of my lost strength and muscle mass.
OOOOHHRAAA.
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Old 07-29-2011, 09:57 AM   #291
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Zep, the pic of the yaks is only the 379 downstream of the bridge where the teams were assembled. Upstream of the bridge there were another 739 for the Ironmen and Ironwomen.
That's a total of 1118 boats.!.!.
Here's the juicy part, My water time was 25th of all the teams and 35 overall. I'm thrilled about that
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yesterday at my oncology appointment my doc informed that my cancer appears to be in remission!!!!
Now I'll be able to regain some of my lost strength and muscle mass.
OOOOHHRAAA.
GREAT NEWS!!! Keep paddling.
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Kayak rack option

Barry - this may not work for you because of the tonneau cover but we use Yakima racks which clamp on to the rails of the bed to carry our kayaks; this way we can put our bikes in the bed of the truck. Most other gear we store in the back crew-cab section of the truck. If you got one of these racks in your bed you could use this in combination with roof racks on your cab and create a pretty sturdy system. Just a thought.
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Hey Gang!
Apologies in advance for hogging the thread with photos (again), but I felt I had to share... First, some shots of Bow Lake up the Icefields Parkway road in Banff National Park about 1hr north of Lake Louise. I'm sure many of you have been there too...

It's a short little paddle (only 2-3 hrs if you do the upper and lower lake) but the scenery more than makes up for lack of duration.

Dead calm by Num-Ti-Ja Lodge. The Bow glacier back behind where much of our Calgary drinking water comes from.



And then yesterday, we decided to get up nice and early to paddle Lake Louise itself. Funny, I've lived here my whole life and hiked, climbed or skied pretty much everything in sight, but I've never paddled the lake before!! Had I known what we've been missing out on!!!

First ones out on the water, 7:30am - brrr, chilly, smelling like fall!!!

Glassy conditions


What's not to smile about?! We have the whole lake to ourselves!







Anyway, ya, it's a piddly lake to paddle but the light and the views make for some stunning photograpy. All-in-all, a great weekend, good to be alive!
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Life IS good! Great pictures!
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