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Transporting a Canoe?

I bought a canoe a couple years ago and had a truck with ladder racks at the time so it was easy to transport. Now I have a new shortbed pickup and don't know how to transport it. Could you guys give me some suggestions on how to load a 15' canoe with a pickup? Are there devices for this? Thanks
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Re: Transporting a Canoe?

There's an adjustable height attachment that goes into a trailer hitch you can use.

http://www.extendatruck.com/

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Re: Transporting a Canoe?

If your bed has pockets on the side, you can easily make up a 2x4 rack that will slide in and out pretty quickly. Just triangulate it with another 2x4 in a front pocket to stabilize it. A rack for the top of the cab works well for the front.
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My dad had a device called a one man boat loader. It bolted into the hole on a hitch, where the ball would normally go. He had a double end canoe and clamped a two foot piece of two by four on the bracket at the top of the pole. You lift one end of the canoe on top of the pole and rest the canoe on the 2x4 and then lift up the other end of the canoe and walk it around and place that end on a roof rack across the roof of the truck cab and strap it down. If you have a square stern canoe, then the back of the canoe would just clamp to the top of the pole. I guess this may sound confusing but one person could load our 18 ft. Grumman canoe with ease. Google it...
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Re: Transporting a Canoe?

I carry 18' kayaks on my truck's roof rack. Minus the J-cradles, it would be the same for a canoe.
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Re: Transporting a Canoe?

I used pool noodles slit open, and would tie mine down to the front tow hooks and the hitch of my truck. The noodles helped me tighten it down without destroying the roof of my truck. Seemed ok for shorter distances.
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Re: Transporting a Canoe?

Toss in the bed, tailgate up. Three ratchet straps around and crossed, its going nowhere. Takes less than five minutes to unload at the ramp, simple and easy.

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Toss in the bed, tailgate up. Three ratchet straps around and crossed, its going nowhere. Takes less than five minutes to unload at the ramp, simple and easy.
Same except put canoe upside down so it doesn't catch air and I also take a straps from the end of the canoe to the corners of the bed to pull it in.

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Re: Transporting a Canoe?

Thanks guys, I like some of these ideas, especially the bed extender (except for having to spend the money).

My truck bed is 5'6" and the canoe is 16'. Do you think the rachet straps would still work? If not, I may be in the market for some pool noodles.
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Re: Transporting a Canoe?

I almost lost it once on my truck, and I started doing the bed of the truck.. I somehow forgot about that.. I went from the middle bar to the back tie downs, and the front to the front tie downs.. seemed pretty sturdy.. I know they make a canoe rack similar to the pool noodle method.. You can get it for around 50 bucks which will probably last longer than pool noodles
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