Carrying a canoe in the bed of a pickup truck is the most common way to transport one from point A to point B. It’s an easy and cost-effective method, but it does require some preparation.
Knowing how to properly secure the canoe for transport is essential for keeping it safe and preventing damage.
Step 1: Make sure the bed of your truck is clean and free of debris. Remove any items that might be in the way or cause damage to your canoe during transport.
Step 2: Place two foam blocks, cut to fit the width of your truck’s bed, parallel with each other on either side of the middle of the bed. The blocks should be about 3 inches thick in order to provide cushioning support for your canoe.
Step 3: Lay down a tarp over the foam blocks. This will help protect both your canoe and your truck from scratches and other damage caused by shifting during transport.
Step 4: Place your canoe onto the foam blocks and tarp with its stern (back end) facing towards the cab of your truck. Make sure it is centered as evenly as possible between both sides.
Step 5: Securely tie down your canoe using ratchet straps or rope through at least four anchor points on either side of the boat. Take care not to tie too tightly as this could cause damage to both your boat and truck.
Carrying a canoe in a pickup truck can be done safely with just a few simple steps. Make sure you have all necessary materials before you begin, such as foam blocks, tarp, ratchet straps or rope, and anchor points in order to secure it properly for transport. Taking these precautions will ensure that you are able to safely move your canoe from place to place without causing any harm or damage along the way.