Car Topper

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 19:31
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I'm in the market for a car topper boat to take around oz when we travel for the year next year. I need something light enough to get on and off easy enough so its not a burden, but strong and high sided to keep out the Lizards when we get up north. Any suggestions??
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Reply By: nsngood - Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 20:00

Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 20:00
Unless you have a really long car i wouldn't rely on a cartopper to keep the lizards out.
Having said that i grew up in darwin in the 70s etc and fished constantly out of a 14 footer but would not go smaller.
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 21:18

Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 21:18
Foobah, I've been using a car topper in crocodile territory for a few years.
This Blog has some info on the roof toppers we have had and a bit about our favourite spot in 'crocodile territory'.

There is also an good article on roof toppers on this sitehere which I helped to write (with others).

The right 3.5m to 3.7m tinnie with 15HP outboard should do the job for you. It needs to be easy to load / unload / set up or you won't use it as much as you should.

Check out the two links and they should help you.

Norm C
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Reply By: PhilD - Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 22:24

Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 22:24
Check out CrossXCountry boats. My 4.1m weighs 70kg, has a 1.75m beam so it is extremely stable, live bait tank, casting deck, and only needs a 15hp to push it at 32-35kph. It is brilliant as a cartopper or on a camping trailer.
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Follow Up By: petengail - Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 05:46

Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 05:46
as others have said - what ever the boat i would go for a 15hp outboard. heaps of get up and go for the power/weight ratio.
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Reply By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 16:03

Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 16:03
We have a Seajay Nomad 3.5m with a 15hp motor. Semi flat bottom but with a V bow. Nice rig carries two with ease.

Use a Auto Loader to get it on and off. One person operation.
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Reply By: Wilko - Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 17:04

Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 17:04
Hi Foobah,

I've got a 3.5mt horizon which has a nice amount of freeboard. I use a 15hp Mariner with it.

I've got wheels on the back that enable easy launching and retrival. They might be something you might want to buy and put on yours

Cheers Wilko
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