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The ROCAT is designed to be very easily, and securely, transported on a car.

the entire ROCAT mounted on a car

The boat dismantles very easily into its main component parts – two hulls, two crossbeams, the seatdeck and the oars – and these mount on to a dedicated roof mounting system which is fixed to standard Thule roof bars. The heaviest components are the 9kg hulls, which can be lifted into place without difficulty. Having arrived at the slipway, it takes about four minutes to remove the boat from the car, assemble it and be ready to row.

ROCAT launch sequence roof mounting tray holds footbar and crossbeams

The thumbnail on the left links to a contact sheet showing proto 3 being launched, and the one on the right shows how the footbar and crossbeams fit in the roof-mounting tray. The footbar is laid in the tray first, then the crossbeams, then the inverted seatdeck fits over the top to cover it all, and is strapped into place.

The hulls are carried upside down – they are held securely in place on horns on the roof mounting system which fit into the crossbeam sockets.

the entire ROCAT mounted on a car

The ROCAT, by the way, is over 3 metres shorter than a normal rowing shell, so it's short enough to carry on a car (legally), and also to store in a garage.