Roof Racks

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KT
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Sat Jul 09, 2016 10:51 am

Have finally taken the plunge and bought a Viking Profish GT.
Looking forward to learning this new sport/hobby in this coming Summer.
Have a ? about roof racks, Ive seen some people carry the Kayaks in cradles horizontally and others on a 45 degree angle.
Was wondering why this is and which is the best method and type of roof rack that would suit me best, any advice or ideas welcomed please.
Would also like to meet up with some fellow kayaker's on the North Shore of Auckland in the coming months as I am sure they will be wealth of knowledge to guide me hopefully into this new hobby and of course catching fish safely.
Any help or tips welcomed.
Many thanks
Kt

Divot
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Sat Jul 09, 2016 5:34 pm

Hi KT.
Like yourself I am new to kayak fishing. I have a old roof rack, nothing fancy with a pool noddle that I split and cable tied it to the bars. Have Just brought a Reload myself, and looking for others on the Shore. Have joined the local Kayak Fishing Club and the East Auckland Kayak Fishing Club. These are a wealth of knowledge and advise. I have also found this site helpful.

KT
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Sat Jul 09, 2016 5:50 pm

Hi thanks for reply maybe we can chat sometime all new to me. 021940553

Sradich
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Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:30 am

Hey
I have found that the 45 degree angle ones are a lot easier to load the kayak on however the wind whistles through the tackle pod hole something awful so have to leave tackle pod in when traveling which is not idea if fish finder permanently mounted. They do hold the kayak well though and clear from touching paint work.

If you are traveling more than 10 minutes I would recommend getting some standard roof rack cross bars making sure they are high enough so the kayak doesn't hit anything. Then either using a pool noodle or the likes and lying the kayak face down on them. If you have money to spend the could get some of these to help protect it. You can have these for $50 if they help, and will fit your cross bars, I just brought cross bar from torpedo7 website for $80 they work fine and universal fit.
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Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:34 am

If you stack it on edge , get one of these for a reminder to watch out for low clearances of shed and car parks -
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Sradich
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Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:35 am

If all else fails try this :lol:
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Steve from Palmy

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salty yakker
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Sun Jul 10, 2016 1:03 pm

KT wrote:Have finally taken the plunge and bought a Viking Profish GT.
Looking forward to learning this new sport/hobby in this coming Summer.
Have a ? about roof racks, Ive seen some people carry the Kayaks in cradles horizontally and others on a 45 degree angle.
Was wondering why this is and which is the best method and type of roof rack that would suit me best, any advice or ideas welcomed please.
Would also like to meet up with some fellow kayaker's on the North Shore of Auckland in the coming months as I am sure they will be wealth of knowledge to guide me hopefully into this new hobby and of course catching fish safely.
Any help or tips welcomed.
Many thanks
Kt
Hi there kt look up nskfc on Facebook for keeping up to date with what the north Shore club is up to. We have monthly fishing meetings you can find the calender at http://www.nskfc.org.nz" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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PeterNZ
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Sun Jul 10, 2016 1:29 pm

I got a STS Roof rack here http://www.northlandkayaks.co.nz/kayak-accessories/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; (Scroll down). My purchase arguments were:
I have a van (Mitsubishi Delica) and roof racks would cost $300 - $600. I live in an area where things which aren't screwed down often go walkabout. So easy install and removal was crucial. I bought my Profish 400 in Whangarei and drove it home to Kaitaia without a problem. I put it on bottom up. I am not planning to take the kayak from Kaitaia to Invercargill anytime soon ;) . My travel distances are less than 100 km. So far I am happy with the soft roof racks.

Hope this helps.

Cheers

Peter

KT
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Sun Jul 10, 2016 1:55 pm

Hi Steve Sradich from Palmy I have a 70 series land cruiser with some Thule roof rack on will your kayak holder work? give me txt if poss 021940553
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Shanedog
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Sun Jul 10, 2016 2:44 pm

I use cradles for my yak and j bars for a second yak. I prefer the cradles but the j bars take up less space.
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Shanedog
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Sun Jul 10, 2016 2:47 pm

The one on the back is just plain dodgey

Sradich
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Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:29 pm

All of those ideas are great but not for a viking with removable tacklepod as the wind whistles in that great big hole. Have sent you a text.

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Steve
Cheers
Steve from Palmy

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PeterNZ
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Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:59 am

Sradich wrote:Have sent you a text.
Is there some secret advice you share in a text? Can I get a text, too please? :devil: :angel:

Cheers

Peter

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Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:59 am

After trying various I think the simplest/easiest is deck down on padded roof bars.

2 x doubled over tie downs per kayak and bow lines :y:
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workingdad
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Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:43 pm

I just got a profish GT as well.

We had roof racks on the family wagon but I wanted something to go on the hatchback for when I get away minus the family for the odd day trip.

Being a hatch there would not have been much of a gap between the bars if I got a roof rack for this and wanted to protect the integrity of the hull of the kayak so made some foam blocks up today which road tested well.

Photos are before I covered them with an old flannelette sheet but it spreads the load and no worries if it gets wet - just leave out in the sun.
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Gavmania
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Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:19 am

Just found this post - that is just plain awesome. - re the large foam block to spread the weight/protect car roof/keep kayak secure.

vundu
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Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:53 pm

Hi, Steve from Palmy, are those thule angle brackets still available, I would be interested in them if they would fit my old thule bars. Thanks Fred. Give me a text on 0276871272.

dedant
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Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:22 pm

Next Wednesday at 7:30 pm , Torbay Sailing Clubrooms, North Shore Kayak Fishing Club meeting, you are welcome to come along. 😊
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Glass is Class.. dedant

vundu
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Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:23 pm

Hi, went to the sailing club as you suggested , where were you? Wrong night I guess?

vundu
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Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:24 pm

Hi, went to the sailing club as you suggested , where were you? Wrong night I guess?

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