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Old 03-07-2021, 03:35 PM
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I am going to be heading to FL with my yak next week. I am driving a 2010 Chev Silverado with a ladder rack on it. My question is, Do you think I will get less wind drag with the yak on the rack or laid in the bed with the end sticking up over the tailgate? Or do you think it doesn't matter either way? 14 foot vibe yak.
Old 03-07-2021, 07:31 PM
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Put it on the rack. Given the shape of the yak the drag will be minimal. Thats allot of boat sticking out the back anyway.
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I would have voted to stick in the bed, as it would be less surface area resistance as you drive down the road. How did it go? You must be back by now? If you tried both ways, which way offered the best gas economy ?
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I put it on the rack and never took it off. The seas were too rough for my level of experience. It was a pain in the ass to put up, but not too bad. I don't know if there was a difference in mileage, but there was certainly a difference in not having to shift it around all of the time to get at stuff in the back of the truck.
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Just curious, are bed extenders legal in all states?
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Originally Posted by faribo View Post
I put it on the rack and never took it off. The seas were too rough for my level of experience. It was a pain in the ass to put up, but not too bad. I don't know if there was a difference in mileage, but there was certainly a difference in not having to shift it around all of the time to get at stuff in the back of the truck.
Bummer, after bring it all the way Sth, might have been nice to hit some inshore spots, maybe catch something new? Good point, up above was out of the way so more stuff could be stowed below -- Better luck next time.
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I don't think there is going to be a next time. I am fed up with the Keys and their way of making outsiders have to deal with imposed inconvenience. I suspect that is 20 years all that will be left there will be the super rich who can afford to have their needs delivered via boat. It is abundantly clear that they want everyone out of there.
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Sounds like you ran into some snooty people. Sorry to hear that. Living up in Ft. Lauderdale, the keys are a PITA. Never taken any better fish down there than I have locally, so just does not seem worth the drive to go that far Sth. Plenty of other less commercialized areas to visit in Florida if you ever change your mind about a next time.
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I didn't mean FL as a whole, I meant the Keys. The Keys is going to hell real fast and it isn't even because Florida an is doing it. The powers that be are doing it.

I have been doing a lot of research on where to retire and have not looked outside FL yet.
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I look forward to my yearly trip to the keys. I pull a 14' enclosed trailer with a motorcycle inside and my kayak on top. Once the bike's out it becomes my living quarters....I do two weeks fishing the 10k and 'glades then 2 months fishing the lower keys....Yes,occasionally I run into someone who really has a chip on their shoulder regarding snowbirds...and sometimes traffic sucks...and sometimes high wind makes finding somewhere to fish a challenge....but I've never left there not wishing I couldn't just stay and play forever.

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