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Best Support for Bow of Boat Carried on Ladder Rack on 2018 Ford F-150 Super Crew 5-1/2-Foot Bed  

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I recently purchased apex rack for the bed of my truck to haul a 18 foot Adirondack guideboat. About 250 lbs. I put it up on the Apex, but the front of the boat wanted to rest on my truck roof. So I need probably a roof rack with crossbars that are the same height as my Apex rack on the bed. possible adjustable height? Or maybe you have a better option. Thanks.

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My research indicates that Apex offers both over-the-cab ladder racks like the Thule TracRac Universal Steel Rac # TH91000 and also standard 2-bar racks like the T-Rac Pro2 Truck Bed Ladder Rack # TH37002XT. I presume you have one of the standard 2-bar racks.

You have the option of installing a roof rack on your F-150's super-crew cab to help support the bow of the boat. The Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero rack # RR29XR offers a sleek appearance and quiet performance thanks to its aerodynamic-shape crossbars. The tops of these bar will be approximately 3-inches above your cab roof.

Another option is to use a foam block to cushion the boat's bow. This is a lower cost alternative to the full roof rack and softer foam material will probably do a better job of protecting the wooden boat. We offer many such foam carriers like the # MPG152 that you can see on the linked page. . Straps are included to secure the block to your cab roof. Or for a single foam block you can use the Malone Foam block part # MPG172 which can be used alone or with single bar rack # DTA968.

You might care to use some additional tie down ropes such as # 317-404400 or # 317-403420.

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