Easily load your boat onto your vehicle’s roof using the Thule Water Slide mat. This mat attaches to your load bars securely with the integrated non-scratching straps. The mat’s top surface is slippery so your boat glides smoothly across it, and it’s durable and resistant to harsh sun rays. The bottom of the Slide has a tacky surface that will stick to your roof without damaging vehicle paint. The pad dries quickly and rolls up tightly for stress-free storage in your trunk.
I frequently have to load a 14' canoe by myself, on top of our SUV. Before the Waterslide, I had to worry and exert and wimper about the potential for dragging the canoe on the rear edge of the roof, scratching the roof.
After one challenging riverside loading session that did in fact generate a scratch, I went looking for solutions. This is THE solution.
It's easy to use, easy to store, and functions perfectly. Unless it's windy, I don't bother to use the velcro straps...the sticky rubber side holds it in place very effectively.
When it is windy, the velcro is very easy to use, and hooks onto your rack to hold the Waterslide in place while you load.
With the Waterslide, canoe loading is much less stressful...I don't have to worry about the canoe hitting the roof, because even if it does, it just slides along the Waterslide as intended.