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    Paul White
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    While a trailer is more practical for most people, there are countries (e.g. Japan and Singapore) where trailers are banned and carrying the boat on the roof is the only option.

    However, before you rush out to buy your roof bars, check the maximum roof weight allowed for your vehicle. For many regular cars it’s 75Kg or 165 Lbs and given that the main hull of the Weta weighs 60 Kg and each float 18 Kg, add the weight of the roof rack, there won’t be much left for the trolley.

    Examples of vehicle weight limits are Nissan Patrol = 100kg, Ford Everest = 100kg,  VW Amarok = 100kg, Land Rover Discovery 5 = 80kg, and Toyota HiLux = 75kg.

    An alternative may be to load the boat onto the load tray of a pickup truck/ute – although this does mean you will have to deal with any regulations regarding having a load protruding beyond the vehicle (for example tying a flag to the load).

    It may be possible to get a ladder rack which goes over the load area and allows the boat to sit over the cab.

     

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      Paul White
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      Having decided to transport your Weta on the roof of your vehicle, the next question is how do you get it up there without assistance.

      There are side and back slide loading systems which use a winch or electric drill to slide the boat up a track and onto the roof.

      This is the BoatHoist Sidewinder electric boat hoist which includes a 12 volt electric winch with remote control.

      The Rhino-Rack Side Boat Loader is similar product powered by an electric drill but it uses two winch attachment points providing a more even pull when loading.

      There is also the rear mounting system from Mozzi Boat Loaders which uses their own custom trailer/trolley with rear mounted wheels to prevent the boat from grounding at the stern – but it would make the boat nose heavy when moving it on the trolley during launching. It *may* be possible to modify this to use a Weta Trolley with temporary dolly wheels mounted under the stern of the boat during loading/unloading.

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