Loading kayak on car...

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davetapson
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Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:10 pm
Kayak Make: Viking
Kayak Model: ProFish 400
VHF Call Sign: ZMX8462

Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:47 pm

So I pulled the trigger on a Profish 400.

Caught a bit by surprise by how 'Lite' it is not.

Anybody got any tips for loading kayaks onto roof bars without buggering up your car (or yourself) in the process? Subaru Forester - so it has that plastic wind spoiler thing on the back.

(I knew I should have bought that old jeep for $2.6k - could just sling the yak at it until it hit the right spot...)

Edit: Which I see has just gone for $350 on TradeMe, although the owner seems to parked it in some road side bush between when I looked at it and now so has some extra character on the front end. Somebody got a bargain.

UrbanAngler
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Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:24 pm

I scored rhinorack side loader http://www.rhinorack.co.nz/products/roo ... oader_rusl recently from trademe for a really good deal.

This helps me a lot on loading and unloading my kayak to the roof. There’s also a lot of DIYs out there to give similar result


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CLW62
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Location: Nelson

Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:49 pm

Looks awesome, does it fit on any rack ?

JohnnyR
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Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:28 pm

If you can find the space to store it, a trailer is far better for transporting kayaks short distances than a roof rack. Far less damage to the car and kayak.

lespresso
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Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:41 pm

the rest of us manage just fine following the directions of mr tapp:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3-qXk89HVc

for me one of the prime benefits of having a kayak is not having to own store permit maintain park secure a trailer

you might as well get a proper boat once you commit to a trailer
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davetapson
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Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:33 am

Thanks.

So it seems that you just need a towel. Will see how that works out for me, who no doubt will miss the towel. S'pose once the car is b*ggered you don't need to worry anymore anyway... 8)

The Rhino Rack guy was at C&K when I was loading - did mention that's what I'd need. It's a nifty idea, but I like to reduce finicky stuff to the minimum, and that counts as finicky to me.

Seems that I still had the FF battery mounted - removing that and taking off the baitboard cover seems to bring the weight down to a more manageable threshold.

Mac50L
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Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:55 pm

UrbanAngler wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:24 pm
I scored rhinorack side loader http://www.rhinorack.co.nz/products/roo ... oader_rusl recently from trademe for a really good deal.
Does more of your kayak stick out in front or the behind the rack?
Usually more ahead of the rack so logically you'd fit the side loader to the back rack - but none of the advertisements use logic.
I've been using the side load method for a decade or two, in my case a tube (pole) goes into the rack cross bar. An alternative is a unit I built out of a bit of wood (or 2) with two pieces, one each side of the rack, a removable bar under the rack inside and a cross bar on top of the rack out side.

Do put something on the end to stop kayaks sliding sideways and off the loader.

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Slugyak
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Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:05 pm

I slide my Stealth 495 on from the back using the C-tug positioned right at the back over the rudder. Towel placed on the rear wing protects the paint and I can easily lift front of yak to rest on wing. Using the anchor line I walk back to the rear and lift/slide the yak the roof racks. You do need space behind to do it but if you park on a ramp etc shouldn't be an issue. Those that know the 495 they are a beast put of the water so making it a solo mount was a necessity. Hyundai IX35 is the vehicle so not that tall. Hope that helps as an idea

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