Car topping equipment

I have a similar topic on another forum, but thought I might get additional advice here.

I want to carry my 9.5’, 38 lb Heritage Featherlite Angler on my Expedition. I have the factory crossbars, but have been told to get some foam covers for them. Where can I buy everything I need to do this right? I have straps, but if I need the foam covers for the crossbars or even special crossbars I’d appreciate any info I can get.

Here ya go

Just one source, there should be others.

Try REI*pddlcarrck&vcat=REI_SSHP_PADDLING_TOC

Whoah! Hows that for a long link!?!?

If link fails, just go to the REI site, canoeing & kayaking, racks and accessories. But most boat dealers should have contoured foam blocks that are cut-out to fit factory x-bars.

You need to hook up with us for a Pymatuning paddle sometime this year.


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They make posting long links an easy thing to do.

Hope that’s helpful.


Cartop carrier
Good advice, guys. Thanks. Looks like the cartop carrier will fit right on my factory crossbars. I might even find some in Youngstown as I think there is an olutdoor equipment store there.

When is the Pymatuning Paddle? Can I troll? LOL!

Hard to say. NT, Corona Boy, Clarion, Eskimo Joe, myself and some other friends got together in April for a nice weekend last year. It was a pretty impromptu affair. Kee[ an eye on the “Getting together” board.


Pool Noodles
work real well too. Slit one side, slide over your crossbars and secure with electrical ties.

Stay safe on the water