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longboard transport

Postby londonlocked » Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:00 pm

Hi this is a bit of an odd question maybe but....

What do people find the best way to transport longboards long distance?

I have a vauxhall vectra saloon, normally I can fit shortboards in with the back seats down but I've just had a 9'4 made, and I think no amount of coaxing and smooth talking is going to fit it in so I can still safely drive.

So... I was thinking I could maybe remove the front seat and it'll fit in easy but maybe this is a stupid idea? Has anyone done anything similar?

I know the obvious solution would be to put it on the roof but I usually have a long way to go for a surf, i.e from london and I'm not sure soft racks are up to the job, plus it seems like my fuel consumption goes crazy with the extra drag. maybe I should just get an estate or van...


any advice well welcome!

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Re: longboard transport

Postby buttholesurfer » Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:50 pm

As long as you've got a sturdy rack, rack pipe sponges , good quality 10mm board bag and Thule straps...you've got no problem. Just parking up and leaving the board on the roof is abit of a bugger...thiefs love it!
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Re: longboard transport

Postby SurfOnYourBum » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:34 pm

9'4" is pretty big but the technique I used to use to fit kayaks in small cars (such as a mkII VW Polo or a Skoda Fabia) might work. Put the back seats down, recline the front passenger seat as much as is humanly possible, slide it through the back and stick the nose in the footwell, get as much diagonal on it as possible to fit it in better and be bloody careful when closing the boot. I also used to put a seat belt over it to stop it sliding in transit.

Might work, might not, probably worth a go though.
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Re: longboard transport

Postby SurfOnYourBum » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:36 pm

Just noticed you said Saloon, I doubt my technique will work then as it will probably make the tail too high.
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Re: longboard transport

Postby londonlocked » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:38 pm

thanks both for the advice, I have tried just going through and putting the seat way back but the problem is that it doesn't recline all the way, and because of the shape of the boot it sketches me out thinking I'll snap the tail.

does anyone find driving long distance with a longboard on the roof burns petrol, with the extra drag?
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Re: longboard transport

Postby Chris F » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:55 pm

it will creat a bit of extra drag, but I suspect the added cost will be less than buying an estate or van. If you plan driving with it more than just occasionally a proper roofrack is a lot less faff than a soft rack. If you take the headrest off the passenger seat it means it can go just a bit flatter. And push down on the back of the seat when winding it down, can get you a few more inches of flatness.
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Re: longboard transport

Postby defever » Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:22 pm

I do exactly as SurfOnYourBum said on my Rover 200 to get my 9'2" in. Mine sits in straight (not diagonally) so my gearstick movement isn't restricted. Seatbelt definitely helps!

I've done this many times on Sussex - Devon 250miles drive. I don't think it's unsafe or illegal. The board doesn't inhibit my sight to nearside or rear. My rover does 48-50mpg on that journey (driving 65mph) with boards inside.

Also I've done the same journey with my 9'2" and 6'5" on the roof (detachable Halfords roof bars with pads though) and a passenger with our kits for the weekend stay. Fuel efficiency goes down to around 39-41mpg (similar speed as above). Almost 10mpg difference.

When you do a geeky calculation:
250mile journey at, say 48mpg (board inside), will cost me £31.47 at 132.9p/L price.
250mile journey at, say 39mpg (board on the roof), will cost me £38.73 at 132.9p/L price.
(http://www.fuel-economy.co.uk/calc.shtml)

That's £7.26 difference. £14.52 more for the return journey.
It’s up to whoever is paying for the fuel to decide if that’s tolerable or extortionately expensive.

Another option is to leave your longboard at a storage (if surch service exists?) down in the West, maybe?
Or invest on hard roof bars? Anecdotally speaking, it might help reduce the drag compared to soft-racks which I've seen some longboards pointing straight up the sky and creating a parachute effect...

I hope this helps to give you an idea on fuel consumption with/out board on the roof.
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Re: longboard transport

Postby Poo Stance » Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:55 pm

Sounds like you need someone to share fuel with (ahem). 8)
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Re: longboard transport

Postby londonlocked » Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:11 pm

thanks defever thats amazingly useful and geeky! I reckon investing in hard bars is the way forward.

poostance I'm always up for sharing costs, just screwed because I work in the week!

thanks for all the information guys sorry its such a boring question
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Re: longboard transport

Postby kingkahuna » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:17 pm

Use a good board back if your'e strapping the board to a roof. Aside from the board flying off or getting damaged, you dont' want the board in the sun for hours if you're driving a long way.
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Re: longboard transport

Postby well-chilled-out » Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:50 am

Errrr....This is a clever wind up..like your style..If not, hang your head in shame bru....Can I suggest you measure your car first before you order a board if you don't want it on the roof...Or buy a Pope Biscept....or don't worry about a few more quid on fuel...or surf somewhere nearer to London..or buy a roof rack...or put a simple cord from your boardbag to the tow hitch on the front of the car to hold the board down .....or buy a trailer....& a tow hitch....or go in a mates car who has thought life out....I know I sound old man but we used to travel in a mk 1 escort two door with seven boards on top, no board bags , tied down with bungee cords on top of wooden blocks covered in carpet..Flapped like buggery but part & parcel of wanting to get to the waves...Hang loose.Yeah, & I worked a twenty seven hour day & lived in a wet paper bag in septic tank !
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Re: longboard transport

Postby majordom » Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:21 am

much less drag with proper roofbars as the air flows around the board
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Re: longboard transport

Postby Paul C » Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:28 am

Shouldn't be much drag because the shape of the board on a roofrack (providing it is fin facing upwards) is streamlined.
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Re: longboard transport

Postby coxie » Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:01 pm

We're starting a surfboard, sup and kayak storage service soon £2 a week Nothing to pay up front just drop your board in and settle up next time you pick it up.
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Re: longboard transport

Postby well-chilled-out » Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:11 pm

Thought that service is already in operation in some parts of N.Devon & Cornwall/ South Wales in season....Strap board to your roof, leave in well known car parks & nice locals will 'look after it for you' for nothing...Bless'em.
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Re: longboard transport

Postby nomar » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:25 am

Not my longboard on it in this picture but i can cycle with my 9'6'' noserider fitted with ease :-D :-D , but i guess its not much good unless you live 5 min from the surf like i do, will come in handy when they introduce the car parking charges in the summer :-D :-D

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Re: longboard transport

Postby flacky » Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:57 pm

My mate gets his 9'4 in his toyota corola hatchback.
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Re: longboard transport

Postby insideout » Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:41 pm

There is a simple solution to your problem...........



















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And it will only cost you £39,999 from your local VW dealership. :lol:
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