This morning I complained about how not only Mazda doesn’t include a tow hook/tie down with their standard tool kit, but that no local dealers stocked them. After some good suggestions and realizing the canoe I wanted to purchase was shorter than my car I realized I could just use the hood to tie down the front of the boat.
I purchased this Old Town from a very nice older gentleman, but he tried a little too hard to help me tie it down. He kept wanting to lash everything down instead of just using the cam buckle tension straps that came with the roof rack kit, so this is what the front looked like when I left his house. This wasn’t very tight and was vibrating a lot so after only about 5 minutes of driving I pulled into an O’Reilly’s and replaced this set up with a tension strap, but never got a picture.
After that I made the rest of the 25 mile journey maxing out at about 65mph with no movement and very little noise. In fact I am pretty sure the only noise I was getting was not from a strap but the cane seat itself.
BUT (there’s always a but), about 10 minutes from home I ran into a heavy rain. Quickly I learned that running the straps through the door frame essentially gives water a channel into the car as it soaks into the nylon straps. So lesson learned, but really I am glad it started raining before I got home, because if not I probably would have left these straps on all night and my seats would have been soaked by morning.
All in all I am pumped about this boat, I got a great deal and can’t wait to get it out on the water.
PS - After a dry spring here in Pittsburgh, if it rains all summer you know who to blame.