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Old 08-07-2012   #1
 
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stacking boats for long trips?

Heading to Ladore end of the month from Evergreen Co.
Wondering if any of you would consider stacking two sixteen foot boats on a trailer w frames (minus oar towers on lower boat of course) for a 14 hour round trip drive.
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Old 08-07-2012   #2
 
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We have went as high as three stacked. Bottom and top boat had frame, middle one didn't. Smaller boat in middle that fit between oar towers. Worked OK. Biggest issue is boats losing, gaining air, straps come lose, or get VERY tight. Nice to have boats inflated at launch, though. We tied each boat seperately to trailer, but still had issues with top boat. Used a little carpet between where we thought wear would be an issue. Just two boats shouldn't be too as bad.
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Two boats is no problem, but like salmonjammer mentioned, the pressure of the ups and downs is pretty important to monitor. Two boats is pretty standard operation for my group.
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We hauled my friend's raft and my Cat, inflated and stacked, from Utah to Oregon for a Rogue trip with no problems. As the others have said.....watch your pressure and check straps frequently.
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I did some work with a company and we stacked 4 fully inflated 16' NRS rafts. If the frames are small, you can lay them out and strap them all down on the top raft, or collapse them and put the pieces and gear in the bottom two boats. What I found interesting is that we only strapped the top boat to the trailer, and simply ran the lines through the D rings on the bottom 3 boats, without any loops. This was somehow better for the boats, the were old river dudes so I trust they know whats up, but I don't remember the reasoning.
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I do 3 all the time. I hate to say this out loud, but I just put pfds over the our towers of the lower boats. Never had any issues.
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Idahofloater - Wrap the towers with old towels instead. Save the pfds.
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Idahofloater - Wrap the towers with old towels instead. Save the pfds.

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Idahofloater - Wrap the towers with old towels instead. Save the pfds.
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I would just bring them deflated especially since Lodore has power at the boat ramp. If you were coming from Vernal or Craig might be a different story.
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