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Recommendations on How to Safely Carry 12 Foot Jon Boat on Roof of 2013 Hyundai Tucson

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Hello, I have a 2013 Hyundai Tuscon AWD- I believe that I have the SE version but it might be the GLS if that is important please let me know. I am thinking of using a roof rack to transport a Sun Dolphin American 12 Jon Boat, the weight of the boat is listed as 110 lb. We will use a portable motor so it will be only 110 lb on the rack as the boat will be empty. I plan to turn the boat upside down to transport it. Would this work? If so do you have directions on how to fasten the boat and what additional equipment I would need? The boat Dimensions are as follows Product Depth in. 144 , Product Height in. 21 Product Width in. 52 Thanks!

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A great choice would be a Inno Square bar roof rack, which would be made up of the following parts:

54 inch square profile crossbars part # INB137
Inno Feet for Crossbars, part # INSUT
Vehicle specific clamp kit, part # INK605

To secure the boat to the roof, using ratchet straps like # IMF14256 hooked over the crossbars would provide a secure hold for the boat. Using foam blocks like # MPG152 would protect the roof rack from the boat and vice versa, as well as adding some friction to keep the boat from sliding around. Due to the length of the boat, you'll also want to use two bow/stern tie downs like part # 01801.

A tire step like part # HE4040 would make accessing roof top cargo much easier, not to mention safer.

As a final alternative, we do offer a small boat trailer as part # CE48810.

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