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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zirtaeb: Drill pilot holes and run some small sheet metal screws to hold your loose pipes together. In plastic, a 7/64" drill bit for a #6 screw should work. You can put the screws where they're out of the way, and/or use flathead screws and counter-sink them.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote





this is patterned after your rack Kevin, it holds masts under the bottom

the box inside sails, with booms lay flat on top. Different setup for long haul.

works great

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Despite my friend's warnings of how difficult it would be (they were right!), I decided when I got my van in 1996 that it was going to be full of woodwork. I'm a professional carpenter, and it took me about 60+ hours to do my van, complete with folding maple rack system, and cabinets front & rear. Still in use 18 years later, with a few minor repairs. Up to 6 boards on the left, up to 10 booms on the right, masts on the floor with sails on top. Nothing like a full-size van if you have a crapload of gear!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

U2U2U2... wow, really? That's awesome. I remember making my rack and not being sure about the dimensions. I would use rack straps to hold all the pieces together while I tested different pipe lengths... the thing made so much noise until I finally glued it all together. Maybe one day there will be a Rev.b. Thanks for sharing!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yup, yours was a Plymouth Van, Voyager ?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

U2U2U2 wrote:
yup, yours was a Plymouth Van, Voyager ?


Yep... Grand Voyager. Good memory, U2! If I had to do it all over again, I might have made the board slots half an inch bigger. I put my sails in a Packasport roof box, but I'm considering sticking them inside the van now: better fuel economy, less roof/tailgate hinge rust from dripping salt water, open roof rack for carrying extra boards. I pretty much only put about six sails and a harness in the roof box.

On the other hand, having the box means I can put a passenger behind the driver seat if needed and it keeps some of the wet stuff out of the inside of the van.

My stuff basically lives in the van, and I'm not sure how smelly it would get inside.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

part of the reason I went to a van was to keep gear inside, esp on long distance travel, for MPG, security of boards attachment on roof.

I have mulled over a roof box, but to be large enough would seriously effect MPG, and of course the top speed of the Town & Country.


I felt that water would leak from gear so I have a 4X8 plywood sheet covered with carpet to protect the fine carpet under. so far so good

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From one who knows, it gets pretty smelly! But you come to love that smell..............but your wife stops riding in the van with you...........
but that leaves you more room for gear.

-Craig

kevinkan wrote:

On the other hand, having the box means I can put a passenger behind the driver seat if needed and it keeps some of the wet stuff out of the inside of the van.

My stuff basically lives in the van, and I'm not sure how smelly it would get inside.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it the gear that smells? Or is it the booties and wetsuit, and trunks.
I've always left my gear inside my cars, or my vans, and still do.
My Honda Civic normally lived Feb tru Oct. with 4 boards atop, 6 sails, 4 masts, and 3 booms inside, 24/7. And I slept in it for a year and a half...with all that gear, but only 3 boards atop.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Honda van has held 2 boards, 6 sails, 4 booms, etc now full-time for 12 years. Trick may be that I live close to launch and routinely air-dry wetsuit, sail (used that session), harness, lifejacket outside the van at least overnight after each session. No complaints from spouse/riders and for 4 of those years I drove casual carpooling (removed fourth seat, but seating for required three). I have a blanket under gear and basically no water damage to van other than some minor rust on back rear gate latch after all that time/usage. I also leave windows cracked open when it''s not raining for ventilation. Sail typically 3-4 sessions/week all season. I don't think this is as big a problem as portrayed.
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