View Full Version : Soft car racks

16th May 2009, 03:28 AM
I have a Futura 133 and a car without racks,
Would it be safe to use the soft cars that cost around 40 bucks to transport the board and rig to the water?
I need to travel almost 30mins highway!

16th May 2009, 03:48 AM
Yes, I am sure they will hold up. If you make sure they are assemble correctly.
Good Luck and enjoy your day.

16th May 2009, 06:21 AM
for the 'peace of mind value' ... I would just buy el cheapo solid racks

16th May 2009, 07:21 AM
You can also buy the long straps only and use a couple of rolled towels and pass the long straps thru the doors of the car. That will be enough also.

24th May 2009, 11:36 AM
On top of my chevy astro, I stack two boards across the bottom (with foam under ), maybe two more on top. Sails (5) in between, strap it all together, push the masts into the mix.
drive to our camp ( cottage) 1.5 hours
never had anything come off.


24th May 2009, 05:15 PM
Bet thats great for your sails shred !!!

You might aswell just put straps throgh doors and foam on roof as pay for soft racks. Only problem is when it rains; straps drip into car. At back (if car has a tail gate) you can use hinge plates to anchor straps.(One strap under both hinges; between roof and tail gate)
Works fine !!

25th May 2009, 01:27 PM
Nice to my sails, not a chance!!!

I am not known to be nice to my equipment, ie; i dont baby it. Its meant to be used, i use it...fully.
Fits on the roof its goes there , sometimes its get lucky and gets a ride in the back of the van with the dogs.
I have an extra large formula board bag. Stuff the board and a few sails in it strap it on the roof!
my old bag disintegrated and now is on the garage floor. My friend told me it would last longer it i took it inside after i sailed!
I replied why have a damn bag then!!
Buy new , usually never, I buy alot of gear second hand or when there is a deal as I like to try different products My sail quiver is a mismatch of different companies.

2 naishs, 2 severnes ,1 aerotech, 1 unknown prototype ( has a kanagaroo on it) 3 Neil prydes.
All neil pryde masts with one fibrespar bottom used on an old neil pryde CK-45 mast.

The purists would vomit , LOL ,
but i still get going.
Yeah I can afford new stuff , but buy used and that way get more fo the same money and gte top maui once a year.
its all about tradeoffs and laws of diminshing returns.

one guy I knew never failed to impress me bought an old 6.4 "alpha""sail and a bic board, a 15 year old setup. But he
was out all the time workin it.
other guys i knew had the latest kit and lots of it,
at work paying for it.
whos the winner???

26th May 2009, 02:53 PM
When starting out WS many years ago a top sailor who had quals in engineering told me that the forces exerted on the knuckles of a roof rack when the car is up to cruise was such that he would buy nothing but a quality rack like Thule. Followed his advice and had many years of excellent trouble free service from the rack. It also provides clearance between the board with footstraps (and bag if you are using that) and the paint work. Compared with the cost of board(s) and sail(s) it is a small investment.

29th May 2009, 01:43 PM
I use soft straps for my serenity,never had a problem even at 70mph.