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I wonder if there would be any way to do this with the Dynamic dolley in the US?
 
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 I would love to be able to put it on and off that easily!   Doing it upside down is ok, but a pain, and then I have to disassemble the dolley.
 
Ben 


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19/02/2018 03:56:00
skinnydoc
Posts: 13
I do the same as Peter. Axle just snug behind the back bar but I have a long car (Skoda Octavia estate) so it is nicely balanced like that and the back doors just open.

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07/07/2017 08:42:11
Gareth
Posts: 148
Feitz, 
Definitely leave the top cover on! 
 
The cover is tight and it straps down securely, so flapping is not a problem.
All the kit, mast bag, foils and sails can fit inside the boat nicely under the cover, as the gunwale is raised above the deck.
 
With top and bottom covers on firmly and padded bags, all the kit is pretty secure inside the boat without extra tieing and padding required. 


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06/07/2017 17:53:16
Peter Barton
Posts: 3413
When I bought my boat it was recommeded to car top it without the top cover but I tend to prefer leaving the cover on. 
 
What would you suggest? 


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06/07/2017 14:58:43
feitz
Posts: 3
Many thanks for the helpful suggestions Peter.  Trip this weekend cancelled, but very valuable information for next time.

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10/10/2015 13:41:37
Andy Butler
Posts: 19
Peter-  many thanks. I'm about to change my car so will have to buy roof bars for the next one nd, as you say, see what works best.
 
 
Thanks again for your help.
 
 


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09/10/2015 20:08:20
IvorK
Posts: 4
I have my axle snug just behind the rear bar which allows me to leave the wheels on and still open the back doors. You could take the wheels of easily though. I suggest for any vehicle/bars you have to see what balances and fits best whilst limiting any overhang.


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09/10/2015 14:44:48
Peter Barton
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Peter - thanks for that, most helpful. One last question, if I may? Do you have the trolley axle in front of or behind the rear roof bar?
 
 Thanks,
 
Ivor


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09/10/2015 11:39:07
IvorK
Posts: 4
Andy-
I prefer the right way up. The standard RS gunwale hung triangulated trolley protects the boat and is a solid stable base for it. The axle width matches roof bars nicely. That way you can also fit everything in it; 3 rigs, 3 sails and 2 foils fit nicely in their bags leaving the car clutter free.
 
In USA smaller 'dollies' are often used rather than the standard RS trolley and they may then need the boat to go upside down on its gunwales instead. If you do turn it upside down be sure to have some good fat padding on the roof bars to protect the decks and do not over ratchet it tight.
 
Ivor-
Unloading; This is easier. The same process in reverse but without the lift up.
Securing; Once you have tied the boat to the trolley amidships and at the bow before lifting (then easy to lift as one, with or without helpers) you then just need to tie the trolley to the car/rack.
I tie 4 places; each side of the axle at the rear roof bar, across the front roof bar and then the front of the trolley to the front of the car. If any one of those 4 points fail due to a chafe it will still be pretty solid.


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09/10/2015 01:23:26
Peter Barton
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I agree - great, helpful video. Is it as easy to unload?
 
 When on top, do you just lash the trolley to the roof rack/bars or do you also add extra lashings around the hull as well?
 
Cheers,
 
IvorK


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07/10/2015 11:37:20
IvorK
Posts: 4
This is the second video I've seen of car topping the boat the right way up.  I can see how that works when single handed, but what are the pros and cons of right way up v upside down?  Strong points on the boat, aerodynamics, security of lashings etc.?  Having only trailed my boat so far, and planning to car top it next week, I'd be interested to hear from others.

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01/10/2015 20:45:24
Andy Butler
Posts: 19
Very nice.  Very helpful - thanks!

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01/10/2015 18:35:54
chrismcgraw
Posts: 3
SINGLE HANDED CAR TOPPING
A nice video by Johan showing how easy singlehanded car topping is as the RS Aero is so light and you are only lifting half at a time. I have done this several times myself when necessary;
 
- Tie the boat to the trolley at the bow and amidships
- Place the boat diagonally overlapping the back of the car
- Put some padding under the transom, I use my sailing kit bag
- Put some padding on the back of the car, I use some carpet
- Taking the wheels off is optional, I leave mine on as they fit nicely and I can still open the rear doors
- I have done this with all the kit in the boat; 3 rigs, 3 sails and 2 foils but then it is getting heavier, so taking gear out will help to keep it light.


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28/09/2015 15:34:38
Peter Barton
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