Damage when tying kayak on roof?

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Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:57 pm

Hey team, just have a query. Having recently bought a reload, I have been tying it top down on the roof of my car. Someone mentioned to me that the tie downs may cause an indentation in the hull and I should use cradles instead? Does anyone have any opinion on this? I don't use ratchet tie downs. and don't think I tie it down particularly hard so was hoping it would be all good.


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Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:18 pm

I used, on my previous 'yak, a straight bar roof rack, with the 'yak upside down on it, with 4 half a jandals, where the gunwales contacted the roof rack, I used ratchet straps but would not tighten them too much. Never had a problem.

My new 'yak, because of it's shape, cannot do the upside down thing and has to ride, right way up. So I got some of those cradle add-ons off Trademe for $60 or so and though I still use ratchet tied downs, not too tight, I am happy with the result.

Cheers and good luck, I also take care not to park the car with 'yak on in full sun in summer, without loosening the tie downs, when traveling the wind will keep it a little cool if there's a hatch open :)
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Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:19 pm

Always use tie downs on a pro fish 400 and no issues at all but mines second hand so not too precious

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Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:38 pm

Nah upside down, tie downs rather than ratchets, don't leave it there permanently, and you'll be sweet (y)

I've used cradles on plastic kayaks and had more issues with them than when it was just upside down without them - denting in the summer and leaving black marks on the hull.
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Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:35 pm

Yeah I do the same with my reload, just as long as you take it off as soon as your home there is no trouble.

Left my tempo 2 on the racks for the next day in the hot sun and it left indentations... whoops!

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Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:27 pm

Before the trailer, or when travelling with multiple yak, flat roof racks and tie downs ...don’t use ratchets as you will dent the hull if you get it too tight
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Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:03 pm

Cheers for the input guys, that's reassuring. Will be mindful not to leave it up there too long when we hit those summer days!

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