Jeepers and Kayakers - How do you mount your yaks?

ShawnaTally

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Trying to find a good roof rack to mount my kayak j-hooks on.

Post pictures of your set up here, and let me know how you like it!
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Not gonna lie, I'm not fancy. I just use a couple foam blocks and some ratchet straps. No install, no rattling, no problems fitting a roof rack in my garage.

I put a damp towel down on the hardtop to avoid scratches (as much as possible) when I slide it up the back. Then strap it down real good. Never had a problem even on the freeway. I've done trips up to ~300 miles like this, with stops to check and tighten the straps along the way.

My kayak's cockpit is pretty big, so I have to transport it hull-down, because the 2 door roof is too short to secure it with the hull up.

I haven't taken it out since I got the JL, but here's my kayak on my old JK.

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I've got four yaks, 14' - 17', to transport. An old utility trailer with an extended tongue makes moving boats so much easier that lifting them up on the roof.

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I've got four yaks, 14' - 17', to transport. An old utility trailer with an extended tongue makes moving boats so much easier that lifting them up on the roof.

Pete
We'll be towing ours behind the motorhome, so we can't really do a trailer. And we'll have the bikes on the hitch, so roof mount is kind of our only option.
 

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This is a 12 foot boat. My setup is:

Thule DockGlide Kayak Carrier
Thule 60" SquareBars
Thule Rapid Gutter Feet
And locks for the feet

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I also have this 10.5 ft boat. On paper, I should be able to have both side by side on the 60" bars, just haven't tried it yet.
 

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Yakima bars. J cradle works but I feel like laying them flat puts less stress on the fiberglass drip rails.

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Yakima bars. J cradle works but I feel like laying them flat puts less stress on the fiberglass drip rails.

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You're right, it does seem a little dicey to have them sitting up like that on the J-hooks. I'm starting to think I'm better off strapping directly to the rails like your second pic. Still gotta find the right rack though. My husband is adamantly against rail-mounts, and the available options are $$$
 

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How ever you carry them, the single most important part of securing the Kayak is the front strap, securing the front of the kayak down.

Whatever you do, don't skip this step.
 
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