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Old 10-23-2011, 07:36 PM   #1
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Canoe cradle for Eddie Bauer.

We recently bought an Eddie Bauer.
We need a canoe "cradle" to transport Bell canoe inside on its side.
Any suggestions.
Thanks.
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:28 PM   #2
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We recently bought an Eddie Bauer.
We need a canoe "cradle" to transport Bell canoe inside on its side.
Any suggestions.
Thanks.
I wouldn't store or transport a canoe on it's side. Not good structurally for the boat. Best would be upside down, followed by on it's keel in a cradle.
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Hello Missy Grace -- welcome to the forum! Our son-in-law proposed to our daughter with an "engagement" Bell canoe.

This seems like something you'd have to custom make. I can imagine a flat bottom c-shaped form for the fore & aft thwart areas, lined with carpet and adapted to fit the canoe tightly before you lash it in.

Knowing it would have to be sideways, you have checked that the the bow or stern deck upsweep would fit by the time the forward end was stowed? What length canoe you talking? A queen front bed seems it would prevent you from keeping the CG low. We have twin beds -- seems like that would work pretty well. The Eddie Bauer has decent lash-down points?

There aren't any options to travel with it on top of your tow vehicle? Though I can't say I've done mega long range trips with our Wenonah or Langford... Is on-top storage an ultraviolet light or a security concern?

Not critical -- just trying to think through this. Interesting proposition.
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If it's possibly to store horizontally (vs. on its side) I would suggest thinking about adapting a Yakima car top-style carrier. I have a set of their gunwale brackets for our car roof, and they're wonderful.

I haven't seen the inside of an EB, but imagine if there was a way to secure the brackets to the floor (perhaps bolting them onto 2x4's, which would then be secured to the floor) that could be one way to keep the boat low and locked.

Let us know what you come up with!
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Brad, just guessing... I'd think that the width between the fridge & pantry may be too tight for the width if stowing a canoe on its keel. A 16-17' canoe is going to end up in the bedroom for sure.
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Old 10-24-2011, 08:06 AM   #6
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Have done very long trips with Bell canoes on top of TV with Yakima racks. NO problems. Use Gunwale Brackets and Bow /Stern lines. Just cost MPG.
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Yes, Ken, my preference has always been our Yakima rack too.

Assuming MissyGrace moves forward with this plan, I'd think something like the canoe holder shown below is what she'd have in mind. Construction might need more tinkering if she has an asymmetrical canoe. (Does Bell even make one?)

I'd maybe make the holders from 19/32" underlayment plywood. Time will tell if they need 1x2 stiffeners. Space for carpet is not shown -- glue it between the holder & the canoe and along the bottom of your holders so that it doesn't scuff the linoleum. A system to stabilize the canoe in the holders and the canoe-in-holders inside the Eddie Bauer is up to your ingenuity, MG!

Before understanding the right-side diagram below, you might want to read Story Stick to copy irregular shapes

To copy the canoe contours for your cradles:

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Any questions? I'd probably put the cradles on the canoe before lifting it into the back of an Eddie Bauer.
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[on edit: Red outline on jig diagram -- don't make story stick so long that it extends beyond jig edge.]
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Old 10-24-2011, 06:04 PM   #8
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Very Nice Cradle . Last i heard Bell Canoe was out of Biz. looking for Buyer ?
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