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deaftortoise
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Sun Dec 28, 2014 2:56 pm

so I know you will all fall about laughing but I have a very little car (Nissan micra (march)) and was wondering what people's thoughts were on getting roofrack fitted to try to transport kayak short distances. Anyone else using a tiny car?

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arnie
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Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:18 pm

Your car will be absolutely fine with roof racks. The recommend minimum distance for the racks are 700mm apart.
Just make sure to tie your kayak front and rear. It's alot safer and puts less stress on the racks.

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Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:19 pm

And make sure you don't tie it on sideways.

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Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:24 pm

I used to use a wee toyota starlet..im sure it looked funny as....but,whatever gets ya where ya need to go i say..

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Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:29 pm

also try to carry them upside down as it doesn't try to fly off when you get a bit of speed
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Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:30 pm

okay so that's pretty encouraging so far, thank you and no one has laughed out loud yet :$

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Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:42 pm

Yeah I know how you feel I used to have a Peugeot 307 that looked rediculous when I loaded my long board on top to go surfing. 'Sept your Mica is shorter than the Puggit and you yak is probably longer than my 9' Jordan.
I suggest you paint the bow and stern of your yak another colour like Hitler did with the Tirpitz and Bismark to make them look like they complied with the Washington Navel Treaty. :lol:
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Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:46 pm

No problems with that.Like Arnie said, bow and stern strap and also upside down is more ideal.
To keep law enforcement happy a flag at the rearmost point would be a good idea too :!:
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Sun Dec 28, 2014 4:08 pm

Just get the racks as far apart as possible, and as above, a Bow and Stern line (both with inverted V lashing with a zero-stretch rope) would be essential for a short bar spacing.
You will need to keep your speed down though, and I would advise against driving in gusty crosswinds - even if you strap it down like it's insane.

(I just downsized to a Corolla roof - Fitted my racks this weekend.)
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Sun Dec 28, 2014 5:58 pm

At least loading and unloading from a Micra would be a breeze, it's a real <img src="./images/smilies/emoticon-0183-swear.gif" alt=":swear:" title="Swear"> picking a 4.5m kayak up onto a set of roof racks on the double cab 4wd ute!

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Sun Dec 28, 2014 6:57 pm

As above, I've also got a double cab ute, kayaks transport fine on it and racks are only about 700mm apart.
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Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:10 pm

madyakka wrote:also try to carry them upside down as it doesn't try to fly off when you get a bit of speed
:y: for carrying kayaks upside down if you don't have any cradles to support the kayak as they will be sitting flat on the roof rack. This goes for sit on top kayaks Sit in yaks will need to be sitting on cradles.

It does not matter what way up the kayak is transported as long as it's tied down well.
I carry mine on its edge to maximise the amount of space on the racks so I can carry alot more stuff and have had no issues.
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Sun Feb 01, 2015 10:42 am

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Mine are soft racks and I keep em as far apart as possible - only travel 5-10ks to my spots though so don't really tie off front and back :/

But going from botany to whangamata next week and sure will tie it down properly then...with an additional ratchet strap across middle between the racks' straps - additional piece of foam underneath so I don't bend my cheap yak!!!

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