securing a roof top tinny

Submitted: Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 at 11:10
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How do folks find is the best way to tie down your tinny on the roof bars. I have a SeaJay that has a sharp alloy spray deflector running along the hull. This cuts into web straps that are used to hold it onto the racks.
I'm sure others have the same issue so what methods have you used to overcome this? TIA. Baz.
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Reply By: murranji - Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 at 11:40

Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 at 11:40
I thread my web strap through some poly pipe where it crosses sharp part of hull.
Plenty of old poly pipe around the country. Cheers
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Reply By: mountainman - Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 at 11:44

Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 at 11:44
Some conveyor belt rubber and some cable ties to keep it attached to the strap
soo it doesnt blow away
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Follow Up By: Member - Bazz57 - Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 at 11:53

Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 at 11:53
Great minds think alike.
I was thinking of cutting a groove in the conveyor belting with a friction cutting disc so it would fit over the rib and locate.
Cable ties, Duct tape and WD40. I never leave home without being fully stocked.
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Reply By: gbc - Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 at 14:06

Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 at 14:06
Drill out the gunwales and racks and bolt it to the roofrack. Quicker and more reliable.
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Reply By: passionfruit - Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 at 15:14

Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 at 15:14
I'm cheap and nasty----------- just use carpet squares under 'tie downs'.Has worked for me since the 80's,Cape,Kimberly's and the Gulf with no dramas. Glenn.
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Reply By: Member - Keith C (NSW) - Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 at 15:49

Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 at 15:49
Bazz, I use 6" bits of garden hose,cut lengthways, slip them over the sharp chines,
and straps don't touch . good luck with the fishing, Keith.
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Reply By: Tony G15 - Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 at 07:54

Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 at 07:54
I don't use any straps at all over the hull of my SeaJay, have clamps that hook under the gunnell on either side. Holds the boat down tight and the Custom Boat Loader ropes are quite firm as well.

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Follow Up By: Member - Bazz57 - Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 at 07:59

Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 at 07:59
Tony, do you have any pics of the clamps? are they commercially available or custom made.
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Follow Up By: Tony G15 - Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 at 11:37

Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 at 11:37
No, I made them up. They connect near the front mount, below the numbers.
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Reply By: Member - Bazz57 - Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 at 11:43

Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 at 11:43
How do you find the SeaJay. I haven't had a chance to get mine wet so far.
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Follow Up By: Tony G15 - Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 at 17:09

Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 at 17:09
Great boat for a 3.5. Used it up in the Impoundment dam of Qld. this year. Good for 2 people. I have a 15hp Yamaha and it gets along well.

If I was starting out again I would get the 3.7 Nomad.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bazz57 - Friday, Oct 28, 2016 at 07:59

Friday, Oct 28, 2016 at 07:59
It'll only just be myself most of the time so I thought the 3.5 would be big enough besides couldn't see a whole lot of difference when the 2 were side by side.
I have a new 15hp Yamaha as well.
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Reply By: Member - Bazz57 - Friday, Oct 28, 2016 at 08:05

Friday, Oct 28, 2016 at 08:05
Thanks for all your great suggestions.
I'll be using the bolted clamp method on the front as I have a Unistrut support that can bolt thru. The rear is a different kettle of fish so will be strapping it down and have some scrap conveyor belt I can put to good use.

Cheers, Baz.
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