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#1 2005-10-12 19:07:26

tinho
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Car Topping and securing your gear

Rule #1- In windy conditions, point your vehicle into the wind, and pre-thread your roof rack strap around the bar that is closest to the wind.
Rule #2- Do not leave the board unnatended and untied on top of the car. Most accidents to boards and surrounding vehicles happen from boards fying off people's cars while the owner is looking for straps or getting the rest of the gear.
If you have someone to help ou, have them hold the board around the front roof rack bar.
Rule #3 - Place board tail first, hull down and secure the tail first so the board does not fly away.
The reason for this set up is that the hull is made more delicate than the deck, and also that the rack straps will warp nicely around the top rail shape. If the hull was to be facing up, the straps would be riding on a hard edge which will lead to premature failure of roof rack straps.
http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack002.jpg
http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack003.jpg
http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack013.jpg

Here is the sequence of therading a roof rack strap:
Loop the strap under the rack bar and throw both ends to the other side of the car, over the board

http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack005.jpg

Go to the opposite side, and keep the "aligator clip" on top of the board, and loop the other end of the strap under the bar.
Then thread it through the aligator clip.

http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack006.jpg

Crank on the strap while holding the board. As the strap cinches the board tight, push on the board so as to allow the strap to snug itself properly and give away any leftover slack.

http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack007.jpg

If you have other gear to put on top, thread the strap as shown.

http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack008.jpg

http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack009.jpg

When it is all tight push on the board and try to wiggle it. If it moves separate from the rack, tighten more.
Eventually the whole car will shake with your pushing on it.

http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack010.jpg
http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack011.jpg

Tie the excess strap around the rack using Half Hitches (Shown below)

http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack012.jpg

A great way to transport gear is to have a board bag that is roomy enough to throw everything inside. Of course if you are small and have a lot of gear, you will need help to put the whole package on top of the car.
Careful with overloading factory installed racks (The later models have been having sturdier factory racks, thankfully). Use some foam or bubble pack to protect the board from the boom front and rear.

http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack014.jpg
http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack015.jpg
http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack016.jpg
http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack017.jpg
http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack018.jpg

Tying gear using line:
Use a Bow line on the opposite side of where you will be tensioning the line.
(learn the bowline in Tech Talk/ Important knots)
Loop it over the equipment.
http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack020.jpg

The truckers hitch
Make a "truckers hitch" as shown below:

http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack022.jpg

http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack023.jpg
http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack024.jpg
http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack025.jpg

Pull on the line to tighten things down do the same check up on snugness as shown with the strap.

http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack026.jpg

The Half Hitch
Tie the line with the half hitch as shown below.

http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack021.jpg
http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack027.jpg
http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack028.jpg
http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack020.jpg

To carry two boards,  pile them on top of each other, using a roof rack pad to pad the underside of the top board. Make a bungie loop through the pads so you can slip the pads onto the top board, prior to placing it on the car. This way the wind will not blow away the pads.

http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack029.jpg
http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack030.jpg
http://www.calema.com/forum/instruction/Car_toping/rack031.jpg

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#2 2005-10-18 07:25:06

Christine13
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Registered: 2005-10-18
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Re: Car Topping and securing your gear

Great pics, Tinho.  I love the knot tying demo.  I really need to see it.
Thanks

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#3 2005-10-26 11:55:19

Ray Timm
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Registered: 2005-10-26
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Re: Car Topping and securing your gear

If you use the Thule type straps Tinho is using in these  pictures, make certain you check them fairly often where the strap  makes contact with the buckle. This is especially important if you tend to use the same straps on the same set of gear on top of your car. It will tension to the same small cross section of strap where the teeth on the cam buckle will weaken the material to the point it will break. I've seen it happen to sailors and paddlers several times, once to boards on the top of a car and another time with a kayak. Do everyone a favor and check their straps for wear.

Since I've seen that happen I only use only climbing webbing or line with trucker's hitches because I can vary where the hitch and the knot is in the line or a throw another back up line around the middle of my gear when I use the thule style webbing with the cam buckles.

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#4 2005-10-26 14:40:05

tinho
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Registered: 2005-10-11
Posts: 1297

Re: Car Topping and securing your gear

GREAT point Ray,
I do not use Thule straps for that exact reason as well. I use our own store brand which is a much heavier strap. The stuff they use is polypropylene and wears out fast in the sun. I have broken several straps (belonging to customers) by hand, which prompted them to buy mine....

But with ALL straps, when they show a fuzzy look to the webbing, replace them. A pair of straps is cheap, comparing with the potential damage you can do to cars behind you or to your equipment.

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#5 2005-10-26 22:14:07

Ray Timm
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Re: Car Topping and securing your gear

Hi Tinho,

I should have taken a better look at your pictures. I see now that your straps aren't polypro material that the sun eats up so quickly.

Great forum. I especially like your list of questions that need answering.

Do

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#6 2006-07-26 15:35:35

boardlady
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Registered: 2006-07-25
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Re: Car Topping and securing your gear

shucks - I hope not too many of my customers read this - I have a steady income from boards jumping off cars due to rotten straps...
But, surely, that sail ought to go into the car, rather than being mashed by the load strap!
Eva

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