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Does a creek boat fit in a 5-door hatchback Golf?

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:05 pm
by Peter Brown
Just wondering before I go spending my money.

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:26 pm
by Duckboy
Can't see why not......

Lie the front seat down and take the parcel shelf out and you *should* be ok but i'd take a tape measure!

Depends on the boat I guess!

But you can get one in my lovely Vauxhall Signum! ;) *Blatent advert*

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:31 pm
by sarajames
My squirt boat does. Will try my Burn later tonight and let you know.

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:37 pm
by nichburton
I could get my Micro 230 (actually it was nearer to 240cm long) into my Mk4 Golf. Front seat tilted back, boat upside down, slide in stern first if I recall correctly. Seat covers or boat bag are a good idea, headrests have to come off the back seats.

Of course that was about 3years ago, and the correct method was ascertained only after cracking the windshield. Oops! (Well, it needed replacing anyway).

FWIW, I'm 99% sure that my friend got my medium Burn into his Ford Focus hire car this weekend. I didn't actually see it, but he paddled the Dart this weekend without a roofrack so I think its a safe bet.

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:56 pm
by adam_d
sarajames wrote:My squirt boat does. Will try my Burn later tonight and let you know.
Yours is an estate though!

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 3:11 pm
by chrisps
My H3 245 *just* fits into a Mk4 golf if you take the front headrest out and lean the seat back, then put the boat ontop of the parcel shelf, over the front seat and onto the dashboard.

You cant see a thing out the left hand side of the car though - a bit scary driving like that!

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 3:16 pm
by furby
chrisps wrote:
You cant see a thing out the left hand side of the car though - a bit scary driving like that!
Possible illegal? Not forgetting leathal for any cyclists or motorbikers!

Does a creek boat fit in a 5 door golf

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 3:18 pm
by wiresno2
Ive got a skoda fabia vrs slightly smaller than the golf and i can get a perception java in by putting the back seat down and winding the front seet right back with plenty of room to spare

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 3:19 pm
by Duckboy
chrisps wrote:


You cant see a thing out the left hand side of the car though - a bit scary driving like that!


Possible illegal? Not forgetting leathal for any cyclists or motorbikers!
I have to admit whenever I have put the boat in the car I do keep the wing mirror visible!

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 3:38 pm
by briman
I've got a Skoda Octavia, which is the same rolling frame as the Golf and I can get a Sniper in by just dropping the back seats and moving the passenger seat forward a bit!
job done with loads of room left.

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 3:45 pm
by chrisps
furby wrote:
chrisps wrote:
You cant see a thing out the left hand side of the car though - a bit scary driving like that!
Possible illegal? Not forgetting leathal for any cyclists or motorbikers!
I agree that it is completely lethal - especially when changing lanes on a motorway, however it is not illegal, as you only need to be able to see out of two mirrors at any one time

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 3:46 pm
by steddyjames
furby wrote:
chrisps wrote:
You cant see a thing out the left hand side of the car though - a bit scary driving like that!
Possible illegal? Not forgetting leathal for any cyclists or motorbikers!
I wrote my car off with my kayak on the passenger seat and neither the feds nor the insurance company said a peep about it if that's anything to go by.

If it had been on the roof it would have been wrecked so I was thanking my lucky stars I'd kept it inside.

Creek boat in car

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 4:27 pm
by wiresno2
The back of my boat fits nicely under the dash board leaving me with a perfect view out of the side window and its secure and wont move about !

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 5:43 pm
by Uisce
My H3 245 *just* fits into a Mk4 golf if you take the front headrest out and lean the seat back, then put the boat ontop of the parcel shelf, over the front seat and onto the dashboard.
Worth noting that if are going to do this, then you really should tie off the back of the kayak so that it cannot move forward upon braking. Even the slighest knock from a kayak can shatter a front windscreen. I've seen it done when club member was over zealously loading his kayak into a car (and oh how I laughed!). On a serious note though it could make for a lethal projectile if the car was to come to a sudden stop.

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 5:53 pm
by chrisps
Uisce wrote:
My H3 245 *just* fits into a Mk4 golf if you take the front headrest out and lean the seat back, then put the boat ontop of the parcel shelf, over the front seat and onto the dashboard.
Worth noting that if are going to do this, then you really should tie off the back of the kayak so that it cannot move forward upon braking.
Absolutely... you should find a couple of load points at the very back of the boot on the Mk4 - you should be able to run a strap through these and then through one of the safety bars on the kayak

Re: Does a creek boat fit in a 5-door hatchback Golf?

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 5:55 pm
by ChrisMac
Peter Brown wrote:Just wondering before I go spending my money.
Just take the boat with you and try it before you buy. I know of a few people who have turned up at dealers and said if this kayak doesn't fit in it Im not buying and, whilst looking a little bemused, have let them try.

ChrisMac

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 6:03 pm
by Ed Lefley
Try adn get a look at the brochure for the car; they normally detail teh internal length from boot to the dash. If you can fold the seat FORWARDS instead of back, then it makes it easier to post it straight through. My boats have always gone into my cars from the boot through to the front, with the back seats dropped and the front folded forwards.

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 6:04 pm
by Jones Chris
Buy a scud - at 2.03m it fits in everything!

Chris

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 6:53 pm
by Slime
As a owner of a well worn aquatic Golf coming up to 200,000 miles. Yes just push the front seat back and recline it then pop the boat in. No problems with popped windscreens and the boat jams in nicely.

And, if you want to carry one or two more boats inside the car?? Take the backseat backrest out. This then frees up a huge great flat area ideal for mountain bikes, boats and similar outdoor gear. My record is 3 play boats in a Gold Mk 2 and two passengers. Not very legal!

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:43 pm
by ol
I get my Habitat into my 96 Fiesta no problem so I would have thought a Golf would be just as easy.

My tip is to open your glovebox and shove the pointier end in there if you can, it gives you valuable extra inch-age.

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:58 pm
by pH
My Java fits, just tip the passenger seat back. When you want to get it out again push from the front passenger door rather than pulling from the boot, less likely to tap and crack the windscreen ( learnt from experience earlier today!)

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:29 am
by Peter Brown
Cheers for the answers guys, looks like I should be able to get it in somehow or another.

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:03 pm
by lindsam
You can get a pyranha s6f 191 and an s6x 205 in a golf, at the same time, with a passenger in the front seat and comfortable...

Don't know if this is useful...

It is to keep fuel costs down.

On another note, I've been known to put my creeker and my playboat in my car at the same time, though it does give me no left wing mirror or a view out of the nearside window. Not fun to drive.

I solved this problem by buying/scrounging a second rear-view mirror (like those ones driving instructors have) and point that at my blind spot on the nearside of my car. It works a treat. I now drive with the mirror there all the time (a habit I got into whilst driving abroad) as it feels scary to have a blind spot.

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 1:51 am
by David Fairweather
Yep, it should go. You can make it even easier to fit boats in an old golf by simply removing the front seat.

As an aside, an M3 is just too big to fit in a Nova, it was hilarious watching someone discover this for themselves at the expense of their windscreen.