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apctjb

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PostTue Sep 21, 21 6:40 pm    Hitch rack carrier for Wing Foil Boards Reply with quote

Anyone seen a good design for a hitch rack carrier for wing foil boards (think bike carrier for 2 wing boards).

Something for bringing the boards from the house, down to the beach on the back of my Tahoe. Mid size wing boards (80L & 95L) with foils on the boards.

Any ideas, photos, etc would be appreciated. Thinking of welding something up but not sure of the design yet.

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ericvs

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PostWed Sep 22, 21 1:45 pm     Reply with quote

I have not seen one, but I can picture using a vertical bike rack style rack to hold the complete boards. Mast up top with wings sticking back and the board strapped to the lower cross bar.

Maybe something like this:
https://northshoreracks.com/racks/nsr-4-bike/

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PostWed Sep 22, 21 3:16 pm     Reply with quote

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I have not seen one, but I can picture using a vertical bike rack style rack to hold the complete boards. Mast up top with wings sticking back and the board strapped to the lower cross bar.


Thanks; seems like a workable design..

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PostWed Sep 22, 21 4:03 pm     Reply with quote

Seems like it would be easy for a custom job. Simple so might not even be that expensive. Build a horizontal tray a little bigger than the bottom of your boards. (The hitch attachment would actually come under the tray, unlike my drawing.) Pad it well so the boards can sit on end - one on each side of the middle. Have a single vertical extension about as high as your board with extensions off each side. (These could even be threaded and holes in the vertical part could be threaded so you could adjust for the height of the board.) Have a bungy cord go from the outside of each piece to the middle to hold the boards. The boards sit in the tray with the foil extending backward.

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PostWed Sep 22, 21 4:34 pm     Reply with quote

yeah! I like that. thinking about it more, what if the boards were carried side to side instead of front to back, so your mast and wings might be more protected and wouldn't stick out as far?
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PostWed Sep 22, 21 4:42 pm     Reply with quote

ericvs wrote:
yeah! I like that. thinking about it more, what if the boards were carried side to side instead of front to back, so your mast and wings might be more protected and wouldn't stick out as far?

That could work, too. It would all depend on how far and in what direction you want things sticking. A long mast could make sideways problematic: 3' of mast, a couple inches of wing, 6' of board, and a few inches of design put you about 4' from center. Google says a Tahoe is only 81" wide so two of those would leave the foils sticking out the side.

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PostThu Sep 23, 21 3:54 pm     Reply with quote

A lower tray with the boards upright and foils pointing back seems like a workable design. The rendering was done to relative scale. 80L and 95L boards, 85cm mast.

I wonder if the upper cross beam could be attached to the rear window eliminating the need for a vertical post which gets in the way of opening the rear door.


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hilton

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PostThu Sep 23, 21 6:58 pm     Reply with quote

I would just start with a flat cargo tray carrier and put the boards flat on that.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JF53ZEE?linkCode=ogi&tag=caranddriver_auto-append-20&ascsubtag=[artid|10048.g.36817083[src|[ch|[lt|

The boards should be short enough they can go horizontal rather than vertical.

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PostThu Sep 23, 21 8:49 pm     Reply with quote

apctjb wrote:
A lower tray with the boards upright and foils pointing back seems like a workable design. The rendering was done to relative scale. 80L and 95L boards, 85cm mast.

I wonder if the upper cross beam could be attached to the rear window eliminating the need for a vertical post which gets in the way of opening the rear door.

Nice work. In theory with this design the upright post could be hinged to fold down out of the way of the hatch because it isn’t taking much force.

Edit 1: It would be a lot more work, but you could also make the entire rig tilt out like most bike racks.

Edit 2: Maybe not more work, but more money. You could just buy the entire rotating hitch piece from 1up and build your rack on top of it. https://www.1up-usa.com/product/2in-single-hitch-assembly/

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PostFri Sep 24, 21 5:35 am     Reply with quote

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Edit 1: It would be a lot more work, but you could also make the entire rig tilt out like most bike racks.


If the tray is below the hatch door (which it could be) then only the upright post would need to hinge. Not that hard. I still am intrigued with the simplicity of having the upper horizontal attach directly to the rear window. I wonder if 3M tape would do the job, or maybe those suction cups glass installers use?

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PostFri Sep 24, 21 8:42 am     Reply with quote

apctjb wrote:
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Edit 1: It would be a lot more work, but you could also make the entire rig tilt out like most bike racks.


If the tray is below the hatch door (which it could be) then only the upright post would need to hinge. Not that hard. I still am intrigued with the simplicity of having the upper horizontal attach directly to the rear window. I wonder if 3M tape would do the job, or maybe those suction cups glass installers use?

I always see these advertised during the Tour de France! https://www.seasucker.com/

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PostFri Sep 24, 21 3:53 pm     Reply with quote

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I always see these advertised during the Tour de France! https://www.seasucker.com/


Perfect!

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PostTue Sep 28, 21 7:16 pm     Reply with quote

If you had the masts at the top of the rack then you could potentially tilt the whole system out of the way to access the back door, so you could still get into the vehicle with the boards on the rack without having to remove the boards.

the bike rack allow rear hatch/door access even with bikes loaded

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PostWed Sep 29, 21 11:50 am     Reply with quote

Rather than attaching the upper point to your window perhaps you could connect something more permanent to your metal trunk door.

Perhaps something like this.
https://www.amazon.com/Mtsooning-Handle-Stainless-Locker-Cabinet/dp/B07D9BDQG9/

A couple of those permanently mounted on both sides of your trunk door "might" allow you access to your back when you opened your trunk (assumes you could rig some sort of fixed point swivel on your trailer hitch)(or perhaps a quick disconnect where you could slide out your hitch).

Also, you might want to replace the screws with bolts and beef up the inside wall of your trunk door with some additional steel (or at least washers) such that you wouldn't run any risk of your foils coming off and flying through the air into the following vehicle(s).

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PostSun Feb 06, 22 11:14 pm     Reply with quote

I was reminded of this thread a couple weeks ago in La Ventana. Obviously the boards in a hitch luggage rack works decently. The straps on the top are threaded in through the rear hatch. It looked pretty sturdy as it bounced on the beach.

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PostTue Sep 06, 22 11:13 am     Reply with quote

saw this setup at the ES yesterday and thought of this thread. This is exactly what I had in mind. I guess to make it extra trick, you could have the straps attach to the rack instead of back to a ladder or whatever, but this is the Lolo bike rack with foil board carrying capacity installed.

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