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John E Davies
John, Your main objective must always be to maintain the safe transport of your canoe to avoid any hazard to yourself or other drivers. If you feel the crossbar connection is not reliable, you should definitely use a stern tie down. Some owners use inferior material for their bow tie downs which could break and without a stern tie down you have the risk of the canoe going air bound and landing on another vehicle windshield. I tend to be very safety minded especially when traveling at 65+ miles per hour on the highway. That is why I use very secure crossbars and Thule straps. Even the proper method for attaching the straps to the crossbars is critical. Please realize I am a registered Maine Guide for Sea Kayaking. I focus on these issues as part of my training and teaching. Sorry if this sounds too much like a “belt and suspends” approach to a simple issue. Buzzy
Buzzy, thanks for the info. I thought the rear tie down was in case of a collision, and had not considered it to be a last resort safety device to stop the canoe from flying completely backwards. I guess I need to re-engineer my bow and stern tie downs. I have 1 inch nylon tie down straps simply looped around the front and rear aluminum gunwale braces (I don’t know the correct term). I am not sure that two soft aluminum rivets holding each brace would take the force of an airborne boat without shearing completely.
Should I drill the hull at both ends and install strong loops through the boat structure? I don’t ever plan to line the boat through white water, but it would be nice to be able to secure it with a cable lock.
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I do value your advice, I am a level headed person but never had any training about boats. When I started out there simply wasn’t much easily accessible info, except for the Boy Scouts which I never joined. It was an information wasteland back then 😉
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