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On one hot day I did get some hull deformation on the 16' poly because I had the bow line cranked down too tightly. I keep the bow and stern lines looser now.
TIP: I put the 16" poly Chatham on saw horses and poured a couple of gallons of hot tap water into the cockpit. After a few minutes I was able to push the deformation out with a block of wood. I then dumped the hot water out and let it cool.
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That said, they get the job done. However, not much more than that can be said about them. If you anticipate the need for foam carriers, give yourself a few days to order a superior product for half the price (as can easily be done online) rather than being railroaded into spending waaay too much money for a mediocre product.
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Submitted by: Anonymous on 7/18/2002
What made my wallet groan was the realization that I'd have to cart this seventeen foot leviathan from place to place on my car. I walked into R.E.I.(Requires Extra Income), and asked the nice kid what it would cost to get a trick Yakima or Thule rack set-up like all the 'cool' Yakkers have. He got out his catalogs & we started looking at this and that, and the upshot was that it would cost three benjamins and a couple of Andies! Yargh- the Pirate Queen must be at the root of this evil! I walked out of Yuppie Sports Ltd a humbler & much less bouncy Tigger, indeed.
However, back at my local 'yak emporium, hanging on the wall, was a mesh bag marked 'Riverside Universal Cartop Carrier', and it listed for only $59 and change. My alternative was to have all this fancy gear & no boat, so out came the wallet, and an impassioned plea to the yak clerk to pretty please, w/sugar & a cherry on top, show me how this contraption works.
Your sixty bucks & sales tax nets you two foam blocks, tie down for fore & aft, and an athwartships (side to side) tie down. Now I have an old clunky LBMM (Hi, Fools!) '92 Ford Explorer, which DID have a pretty useless factory rack; but this product does NOT require a factory rack to be in place. The foam block slid over my side bars ( if you have no fact. rack, you need to buy some extra straps & run 'em over the roof & inside the car, & slam the doors on 'em. These are secure, easy to use, come off when not in use (no unnecessary drag), & best of all, cost way less than THREE HUNDRED & SOME-ODD BUCKS!
I've used mine for a month or so, now, and while the couples with two brand new Kevlar Ocean Queens perched high & dry on their Ultima Thule mega-rack, bolted on top of their Caddy Escalade may sniff and snicker as I chug by, I get to the put-in just as secure, and without the need for those little individual locks that keep envious people from stealing their racks (and which, by the way, cost $20 or more apiece, and you'll probably need four!).
OK, rant over. Suffice it to say that it's a great product, at an acceptable price, that does what it's billed as doing. SYOR