Chad, those gunwale brackets are nice. My U-12 rests on the bare bars OK and since its hull is shorter than a U-14.5, my straps do a good job holding it without having to cinch them overly tight. My racks bars are spaced as far apart as I can get 'em in the roof-rack tracks, and the straps go over the narrowing ends of the hull, so they hold it on securely even if a tad loose. And I always rig a double line from the bow over my hood to the front tow hooks. My home-made roof-roller makes unloading and loading a breeze. The canoe trailer is working great for my Tarpon 140. It makes for really easy trans-loading to and from my Wheeleez cart. Even an old cave man can do it. Yesterday, I had it down to a quick and simple routine.