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Boards in rack towing


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Is it ok to tow with boards in the racks or should they be removed before towing? It would just be a 10 mile run home from the lake.

Thanks in advance.

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Is it ok to tow with boards in the racks or should they be removed before towing? It would just be a 10 mile run home from the lake.

Thanks in advance.

This topic had a long thread going last year. Short answer, it depends! With that said, I do go 40+ with the boards in the racks on the lake, so based on that I should be able to tow with them in as long as I don't go too fast, I just can't bring myself to do it though. Something would be bound to go wrong, and instead of my board floating there waiting for me to pick it up...

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Well, I'm not going to tell anyone that they should or shouldn't, it's up to each person to make that choice. Me....I've seen too many boards slip out on the water in the various boats that I've been in & around, & I've actually seen a bungy break on a boat that had boards in the racks while they were trailering & they had a board fly out. I don't do it if I have to go out on public roads at all to launch for those reasons. It's not a matter of whether you've ever had trouble, because it only takes once.

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Think about the liability of a board going through the windshield of an oncoming vehicle, a pregnant mother, a young couple, ect.... is it really worth the possibility of harming someone. Just not something I would be comfortable with from that standpoint.

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Guess it depends on how fast your going & how much you paid for the board that might fly out of the rack. And how good you feel about the rack. Does anyone really think those bungies are that safe on the road?

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Well, I'm not going to tell anyone that they should or shouldn't, it's up to each person to make that choice. Me....I've seen too many boards slip out on the water in the various boats that I've been in & around, & I've actually seen a bungy break on a boat that had boards in the racks while they were trailering & they had a board fly out. I don't do it if I have to go out on public roads at all to launch for those reasons. It's not a matter of whether you've ever had trouble, because it only takes once.

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Well, I'm not going to tell anyone that they should or shouldn't, it's up to each person to make that choice. Me....I've seen too many boards slip out on the water in the various boats that I've been in & around, & I've actually seen a bungy break on a boat that had boards in the racks while they were trailering & they had a board fly out. I don't do it if I have to go out on public roads at all to launch for those reasons. It's not a matter of whether you've ever had trouble, because it only takes once.

Almost lost one last year when the bungy broke 0nly about 55 on the trailer at that point. We always take them off the racks and lay them in the boat. The windshield will keep the wind off at highway speeds.

REW

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Why would you run the risk or even take a chance. There are so many reasons why it's NOT a good idea and none that I can think of that make it a good idea.

For the few minutes it takes to pull your gear from the racks, you give yourself and everyone around you peace of mind.

Dont be a bozo. Part of being a good boater is posessing a level or responsiblity on and off the water.

Of course...IMO...

Cheers!

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I wouldn't tow on any public road with them on just for the reason that anything could happen and if it does your liable for any damage caused to another vehicle or person if they were to come off. Better to be safe than sorry, plus it doesn't take that long to take them off :)

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Have been on a buddy's boat and left them in on accident and didn't have an issue, but I still never tow with them up there. I didn however lose one after I left it on the swim platform...now I do a walk around prior to pulling off.

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Well, I'm not going to tell anyone that they should or shouldn't, it's up to each person to make that choice. Me....I've seen too many boards slip out on the water in the various boats that I've been in & around, & I've actually seen a bungy break on a boat that had boards in the racks while they were trailering & they had a board fly out. I don't do it if I have to go out on public roads at all to launch for those reasons. It's not a matter of whether you've ever had trouble, because it only takes once.

ditto. Thumbup.gif

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Have been on a buddy's boat and left them in on accident and didn't have an issue, but I still never tow with them up there. I didn however lose one after I left it on the swim platform...now I do a walk around prior to pulling off.

Not sure how you can't see they are still on the racks unless you didn't have a rear view or side mirrors at the time Tease2.gif

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Is it ok to tow with boards in the racks or should they be removed before towing? It would just be a 10 mile run home from the lake.

Thanks in advance.

Don't be "that guy".

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