Roof top boat - are these too big ?

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 at 23:18
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Hello all, I've almost made up my mind to purchase a Quintrex Dart, either a 3.55 or a 3.70 model. Just thought I'd check with you guys to make sure I wont regret my decision. The 3.55 is 82cm high, beam is 149cm and the weight is 78kg.
The 3.70 is 86cm high, beam is 158cm and weight is 86kg. I intend buying a winch -on boat loader (Rhino or similar) and the vehicle is a 100 series LC.
Does anybody see a problem with this choice of boat as a roof topper?
Thank you in advance
Obone
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Reply By: cokeaddict - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 04:18

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 04:18
Hi there,
I have seen a 3.7 loaded up onto GQ roof without any problems, The GQ in question also modified his spare wheel carrier to hold the 20 HP outboard. It was a very impressive setup and a 1 man load / unload.

I am sorry i didnt check it out more intensly then as i also now have a 3.7 with a 15 HP outboard and would love to set it up the same way he had his.
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Reply By: Member - Hughesy (SA) - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 08:58

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 08:58
I've got a 3.7m Quintrex Dart and 15hp Yamaha (for sale if you want to buy it??) and used to carry it on the roof of my old 75 Series Cruiser without any problems. It was a pain in sphincter getting it on and off and I was going to make up a nifty little system to do it on my own but someone stole my cruiser before I could get it done.

Its still a fairly big boat to have sitting up there and if it wasn't for the fact that I used to do heaps more offshore fishing than river fishing, I'd have gone for a flat bottom boat (V-nose punt)

Another bit of advice - if you plan on using the boat near home - buy a trailer. I initially didn't buy a trailer but after 3 months of putting it on/off the roof every time I wanted to duck out for a quick fish (I lived in Townsville) I spent the extra coin and bought one. The main hassle is having to completly empty and repack the boat every time.
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Follow Up By: obone - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 14:05

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 14:05
Hi Hughesy, thanks for the input and the offer. I probably would be interested in your rig except I live in Sydney. If you have a suggestion as to how to have it transported, maybe we could come to an arrangement
Regards
Obone
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 10:42

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 10:42
I think go the 3.7 if you are going to fish in estuary wind chop or croc country . Otherwise go for the smaller model . Do not choose the boat on how easy or hard it is to put up on the racks ( unless someone advises the 3.7 is too heavy for the roof ).The winch should sove that problem - there is a great winch made up in Qld that seems to be the ducks guts .

I have a 3.7 and a 15 Merc - a great combo .
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Follow Up By: obone - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 14:18

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 14:18
Any idea who the Qld manufacturer is Willie ?
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 14:57

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 14:57
No I don't . You should do a new post like :
" WHAT IS THE BEST ROOFRACK BOATLOADER ?? "
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 08:46

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 08:46
G'day Obone,

Have a look at post 29889.

Kind regards
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Reply By: Flesh - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 12:37

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 12:37
Hi obone,

Exactly what I have. Qunnie Dart 3.7, Rhino boat loader (best thing since sliced bread), 15hp Honda w/electric start. Mine is on Landcruiser 80. Went to Karumba last year and fished for barra up the Norman River and out around the point. Very happy with the boat, loader and engine. I think for an all rounder you are better off with the V hull over the pointy punts. The flat bottom might be a bit more stable but not as good if there is any chop about.

Check out the rig and our Karumba trip.

Karumba Trip 2005

Merv
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Follow Up By: obone - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 14:16

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 14:16
My thoughts exactly Merv. No flat bottom hulls for me. Nice trip info, thanks
Obone
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Reply By: Nav 8 - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 20:28

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 20:28
I carry a Stessell 3.8mtr heavy duty edge V on a rack on top of the Navara, load and unload by hand no problem but i do agree you need a portable trailer if you are stopping in a spot for some time. I built my own portable trailer on 8inch wheels that breaks down and fits on the back bumper of my van, total weight is about 60Kg and is licenced.
Nav.
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Follow Up By: JeffTech - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 09:11

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 09:11
Nav

Have you any photos you could send me. I have been thinking of knocking one up myself but haven't decided on a design. I didn't want to outlay $1000+ for a folding trailer for the number of times I caravan it a year. The rest of the time its on the std trailer that came with it. Did you have much trouble getting it registered? Jeff
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Reply By: Nav 8 - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 11:59

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 11:59
Gday Jeff,,Sorry I dont have any photos of the trailer and I dont have a digital camera but if you can give me your E mail address I can make a sketch of it for you with measurements etc. I built the trailer myself as I have all the gear to do that sort of thing. I live in WA so am not sure of what your licence regs are but I rang our dep of transport and spoke to their engineer and he advised me as to what size materials dimentions etc. When it was built I had to get a chassis number from them and a weighbridge cert, get it inspected,a bit of stuffing around but got through it in the end. You mentioned a figure of $1000 to buy one, if you can buy one for that price buy it because it cost me around $900 for all the gear to make it including getting the weigh bridge cert ID plate made up etc.I dont know what price you can get portables over there for but here they are around the $1500 to $1800 mark. Anyway you can Email me at boothie8@bigpond.com and i can give you any more details.
Regards Nav.
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Reply By: Bill n Di - Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 16:04

Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 16:04
Check out our new website for the best boat loaders anywhrere!

http://www.customboatloaders.com.au/

feel free to give me a call

Bill
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Follow Up By: obone - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 12:57

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 12:57
Hi Bill, tried numerous times to access your web site but have been unsuccessful. Where are you located and can I have a contact No. please
Regards
Chris
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Reply By: Bill n Di - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 14:37

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 14:37
Hi Chris,

The website is just completed so hope there aren't too many glitches - can't you access it? http://www.customboatloaders.com.au/

Feel free to contact me 08 9397 0408 or mobile 0429 112 526

Please let me know what problems you've had with the website so I can pass on to the IT guy.

Cheers,

Dian
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