Well I might end up come back home in a few days from now with a brand new AI
(the deal is that I will get it only if I like the ride, guess what...)
So, for coming back and also for the future transportations to a beach (which will remain occasionnal as I intend to primarily launch walking from home with a cart), I found the idea on the Handirack pretty neat.http://www.handirackuk.com/
Any thoughts ?
Thanks in advance
Looks like a great Aussie invention
There are a number of issues you need to consider however.
I think most of them you will be able to overcome, however the one I cannot resolve for you is how are you going to lift it on and off the roof??
Unless you have some form of mechanical help, you will need another person to assist.
I use this device http://www.rackandroll.net.au/
but there is no way you can use this with an inflatable roof rack.
I also think you might find it impossible to carry it upside down without damaging your roofs paintwork as there does not appear to be much clearance. It's easier to carry the hull right way up which is how I do it on my Thule RR with my "Pirate" pillows which are designed to avoid any hull deformation caused by the compression which occurs when you strap it down.
I use 2 sets (4 straps) of 4 metre Hobie Roof Rack straps to secure the hull, akas and mast.
There are other issues - like whether your car roof can handle that much weight without deforming - is the roof wide enough to accommodate the hull, akas ad mast?
If you can overcome these issues, it should/could be a great solution for occasional use