Is your bike rack full of clamps, claws, and cleats that might get bent while carrying your sunfish? Or, is the free boat you found on Craigslist likely to develop another crack if tied down against your rack? Tie a couple of 2x4s to the rack with innertubes and head to the beach!

Step 1: Tie 2x4s to the rack

Find some old 2x4s and tie them to the rack with innertubes.
As Roverwet hints at, you really need front and rear lines to keep the boat from flying off the racks at speed if one of the cross lines fail. I much prefer ropes and truckers hitches to straps too. When a strap breaks, the ratchet will do a number on your paint.
need more places to tie off to? open the hood, trunk, doors and look for larger bolts (they hold the important bits on and are attached to the frame securely) get a 1-2" wide nylon strap and melt a hole through about 1" from the end, (a screw driver you don't care about would work, heat it with a torch, or an old soldering iron would also work.) figure how long the strap should be to extend out of the door seam about 6 " and double the end back inside. melt a hole into the strap again, melt the end of the strap so it won't fray and put the bolt through it (you want the hole tight on the bolt shank) push the strap inside when not needed and shut the door.
bungie cords > intertubes
proove it :P But anyways, tubes are great for things like this... $bungies>>$tubes
bungie cord ~= (innertube + woven cover + preformed hooks)<br/>
first person i saw that has my same car down to the interior- nice mod if i had a boat mine is a 1997 with 143,000 miles
I'm trying to find one... prooving to be a bit difficult... I'd even be happy with a N/A :P But they seem to be great cars :D
You have an 850 GLT wagon? I have an 850 GLT sedan. Love my car.
It just turned 100,000 miles last week!

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