Roof Rack For (2) OC-1's

Is it possible to carry (2) OC-1's on a roof rack? I have a jeep grand cheeroke with a roof rack but i don't know if it's wide enough. Thanks.


Submitted by ender on Thu, 02/01/2007 - 1:45pm

Yes, as long as your load bars are long enough. I've carried an Oc-1 and an Oc-2 on my 4dr civic with 50" bars.


#1 Thu, 02/01/2007 - 2:17pm

I have a regular Jeep Cherokee with a Yakima system and have carried two canoes seveal times (will be doing so again this weekend). I just switched to 66 inch crossbars, which provides plenty of width for two canoes. I had been using 58 inch crossbars. They would work, but it was tight!

#2 Thu, 02/01/2007 - 3:22pm

I`ve got my rack mounted on a Dodge conversion van. The Yakima system for holding narrow beam, rounded bottom boats works very well. Also the rain gutters on the van afford a very secure grip on the yakima towers.

I regularly carry 4 OC1s on the roof but be sure to secure the rack its self. On a long road trip I always tie the front rack directly to the bumper just in case . Ive had friends loose the entire rack system, boats and all from off the roof in blustery conditions on the highway. In fact , a while ago I had some friends who were heading north on the Chesapeak Bay Bridge Tunnel in blustery conditions and lost the whole 9 yards over the side of the bridge. Months later the boats showed up at a race being paddled by strangers. Tieing the rack to the bumper is good cheap insurance.

Also, if your OC1 seats are held onto the canoe with velcro like many are you need to remember to put the seats inside the vehicle or they will come up missing someday.

#3 Fri, 02/02/2007 - 2:05am

"OC1 seats are held onto the canoe with velcro like many are you need to remember to put the seats inside the vehicle or they will come up missing someday."

Funny you say that since that happened to me a few years ago when I forgot to take my seat off the Stingray and it blew off. I saw it in the mirror so I pulled over to retrieve it on a local road. As I went back on foot, a dump truck decides to just run over it, so I got some nice tire tracks as a design on the seat.

#4 Fri, 02/02/2007 - 6:40am

If you use Yakima, their canoe guwhale brackets work extra great with an OC-1. You carry the canoe topside down on the brackets, which actually places the contacts near the strongest parts of the canoe. There is absolutely no sway of the canoe in winds since its on a rather flat surface and its bracketed in 4 places.

#5 Fri, 02/02/2007 - 10:27am

anyone ever try putting racks on a 92 chevy astro/safari or similar? it has no gutters, is the only solution welding or bolting to the roof?

#6 Fri, 02/02/2007 - 10:47am

I`d bolt right through the roof.

#7 Fri, 02/02/2007 - 11:03am

google "gutterless roof racks" and you'll find everything you need.

#8 Fri, 02/02/2007 - 11:13am

thanks guys, found some at go bananas. i was going to weld some up myself, but was too lazy.

if anyone else is wondering, you have to buy a whole track from thule to do the roof mount. Yakima has a style available that just mounts the bar and clip thingy's to the roof.

#9 Fri, 02/02/2007 - 11:55am

Thule rules!

#10 Fri, 02/02/2007 - 3:11pm

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