Canoe in Kayak Cradles

Has anyone tried carrying a canoe in Thule or Yakima J-Cradles? I was thinking of trying this with my Wenonah Voyager to create more space on my roof rack.

I entertained this thougt, but decided against it for two reasons. First the weight on the rack would increase dramatically if you you got caugt in a rainstorm. Second I was worried about windage if the canoe was transportied right side up. Both these problems would go away if you had a cover, though.


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You might not have the canoe cover when you get home?

Not sure, but I don't think that canoe covers were designed to withstand the wind pressure created when traveling at 60 to 70 mph?

If just a portion of the canoe cover came loose & starting flapping in a 65 mph breeze, how long do you think it would take for a couple of snaps
on the cover to eat up the side of a kevlar canoe, or wood gunwales?

Maybe someone who has transported a canoe, with the cover attached, will provide some insight.
I don't think I'd even consider leaving a cover on a canoe while it's being transported. I take out the floatation bags when I'm transporting my ww canoe for long distances, because I'm concerned about abrasion or overinflation of the bags. Others don't feel that is necessary.


I have seen it done
with no apparent ill effect to the boat or the rack. I have even seen an aluminum canoe carried that way. You definitely do not want to leave anything in on on it that could blow away and I would bet that it will not be a very quiet ride.