Maiden voyage + SUV vs pick-up truck?

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Re: Maiden voyage + SUV vs pick-up truck?

Post by James » 03 Jul 2017, 21:52

The joys of a 2 stoke, it loves any position I put it in :-)
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Re: Maiden voyage + SUV vs pick-up truck?

Post by Phil » 04 Jul 2017, 09:22

Martin wrote:Taken some finding but I gave a few shots here from when I was trying to make the set up work, hope it's of some help...
That's really helpful, thanks Martin. Can see what you mean now. Clever system with the shelf, but sounds like a brutal lift to get the OB up there crouching down! Was thinking the shelf was fitting in the metal runner, but, as you say, it's on top of that.

Given yours is a 375 F-RIB and 5cm deeper, it looks like I might just be able to fit a 360 under a flat tonneau cover. As James say, it's so tight I imagine I'd have a hard time with a roller shutter, but I'm thinking a tonneau style tilting hard top that sits on top of the truck bed might work and will probably be so snug it would stop the packed boat rolling around.

I guess I could still just go for a full hard top and that may be more flexible chucking everything in. I do like the classic pickup profile though and the idea of being able to jump in the trunk without crouching down too much. I've been looking at bike racks that can be mounted on a flat cover which is pretty neat + I think the Navara is a bit less of a beast to drive visibility wise without the full hardtop.

I definitely see the benefit of keeping everything out of the cab James. I don't smoke, but am not a big fan of the petrol fumes I get from the tank, engine etc. in the car currently + the boat leaked through my tarp and made my car carpet wet last weekend, which i wouldn't have to worry about with a truck.

I like the idea of being able to leave everything in the truck for a few days or more too. I left the boat and OB down on the south coast again this weekend because I didn't want the hassle of unpacking late the other end. Next time I get the boat out in the south coast (won't be next weekend, as I have a wedding), I'll try and take the boat along to view a Navara with a tonneau-style flat cover to see if it fits. If not, I guess I'll need to look for one with a hard top...

Thanks again for all the help [emoji3][emoji106].



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Re: Maiden voyage + SUV vs pick-up truck?

Post by Stray » 04 Jul 2017, 16:22

Stop fannying about, get some proper wheels to do the job. :D

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Re: Maiden voyage + SUV vs pick-up truck?

Post by Phil » 04 Jul 2017, 17:29

That almost looks as big as the storage capacity of my garage [emoji23].


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Re: Maiden voyage + SUV vs pick-up truck?

Post by James » 08 Jul 2017, 18:28

Here you go Phil, other than the fuel tank the truck is fully loaded.

It's not pretty, but serves the purpose
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Re: Maiden voyage + SUV vs pick-up truck?

Post by DrHair » 09 Jul 2017, 16:39

Alternative choice to a SUV or a van would be a larger 4x4. I get my 460S plus two outboards, sails, mast, rudder, petrol and weekend bags in my Volvo XC90. Plenty of them around and quite refined - Jeremy Clarkson loves his!
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Re: Maiden voyage + SUV vs pick-up truck?

Post by Phil » 09 Jul 2017, 19:52

James wrote:Here you go Phil, other than the fuel tank the truck is fully loaded.

It's not pretty, but serves the purpose
Nice one, thanks for that James! Hope you enjoyed the trip to the IOW that you were packing for.

Out of interest, could you fit your Johnny where it is but on its side (instead of its front) if you wanted to?

By my measurements, there's 60cm of truck bed left after the 90cm width of a 360 stored between the wheel arches, which I think is enough space.

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Re: Maiden voyage + SUV vs pick-up truck?

Post by Phil » 09 Jul 2017, 20:05

DrHair wrote:Alternative choice to a SUV or a van would be a larger 4x4. I get my 460S plus two outboards, sails, mast, rudder, petrol and weekend bags in my Volvo XC90. Plenty of them around and quite refined - Jeremy Clarkson loves his!
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Thanks for the photo DrHair. Good to see how an alt option might work and how easily everything fits in your volvo. I remember reading Clarkson singing the XC90's praises in one of his books [emoji106].

After my packed up FRIB made my estate carpet wet last weekend, I'm thinking I may well benefit from the the separate truck bed setup of a truck that i don't care so much about [emoji3].


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Re: Maiden voyage + SUV vs pick-up truck?

Post by Phil » 30 Nov 2017, 17:22

In case it's of use to anyone else, I thought I'd resurect this very old thread with the solution I eventually came to on F-RIB 360 transporting.

Following all the advice, I came very close to buying a D40 Navara back in the summer, making an offer on a truck to a private seller (that wasn't accepted). After 9 trips in the F-RIB, life got in the way of boating for a while and the boat stayed in storage down on the south coast over Autumn.

Getting back into thinking about getting the boat out as much as possible (although it's a bit cold atm!), I came to the conclusion that it didn’t make sense to buy a truck in addition to the estate already in the household given it would only get used at the weekend (I commute on the train during the week).

Where I netted out at was trading in the estate which I share with my wife for a Land Rover Discovery 4. I drove up to a dealership in Nottingham on Monday, agreed a price on Tuesday and am driving back up on Saturday to px the estate and complete the deal. It comes with a 2 year warranty, which will hopefully keep maintenance costs manageable!

The guys at the dealership were nice enough to let me try putting the boat in the back of the Landy before we took it for a test ride. The air suspension can be lowered with a press of a button which, combined with the hatch that folds down, makes it really easy to load in the back. Although the hatch is curved, it has a plastic rim on it and I think I could probabaly slide the boat in by myself like the technique used by the guys on here with Navaras.

The boot swallows the 360 F-RIB with 5 seats still in use (see pics below), leaving plenty of space for all the other boating stuff to go on top. I guess I could put the outboard on top of the boat, but I’m not sure that’s such a good idea having it rolling around on top of the fibreglass hull. I'll either put it on the floor behind the front seats, or try and get it under the boat on the floor of the boot.

I'll get some sort of boat liner to stop the carpets getting soggy - ideally one that still allows me to slide the boat in and out easily. To get around the fumes that come with not having a seperate truck bed, I'm planning on putting the fuel tank in an airtight bag (something like the vaccum ones you get for loft storage) and the outboard in a carry bag like this:

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Re: Maiden voyage + SUV vs pick-up truck?

Post by Paul » 30 Nov 2017, 23:18

Welcome back Phil and glad you've overcome your transportation issues :yay
Phil wrote: I guess I could put the outboard on top of the boat, but I’m not sure that’s such a good idea having it rolling around on top of the fibreglass hull.

Just an idea ....... I've transported my 52kg OB on top of my 360 whilst traveling to Spain a few years ago by inserting some high density foam between boat and engine to spread the load and prevent any damage to both. I think I used 50mm foam and a ratchet strap to restrict movement :idea:
With the OB in a bag and some high density foam I reckon you'll be good to go mate :thumbsup
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