Tie-Downs for Cartopping Canoes

Another really great item is a locking (rope ratchet) tie down line that you can purchase at Lee Valley Tools.  I believe they retail for $10 and you can use them to secure the canoe to the top of your car.  I purchased 3 and they ratchet down very quickly and release with the push of the lock lever.  I've never had one loosen.  I use two in front, one in the rear and I use a regular strap over the middle of the canoe to secure it tight.  It never moves a bit. I've seen similar items sold that are specifically for the purpose of securing canoes to your vehicle and they retail for 3 times as much.

Submitted by  Ancasterguy Aug 2012