Options for carrying a canoe/kayak

RubiconToad

Well-Known Member
First Name
Steve
Joined
Dec 14, 2019
Messages
68
Reaction score
153
Location
Moline IL
Vehicle(s)
2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Yakima bars and mounts on roll bar when going topless and rails on the hardtop to use the same bars.

7775DCDF-6AC1-4803-8905-596826B26017.jpeg
 

gnome

Well-Known Member
First Name
Mike
Joined
Jan 12, 2020
Messages
227
Reaction score
381
Location
Bushnell, Florida
Vehicle(s)
.... 1994 base YJ .......... 2006 Dakota ..... ..... 2020 Sahara 3.0D
Occupation
retired IBEW electrician
Do you ties down the bow as well? I also see you have gone right to the back and front of the hardtop for your racks - that's different to many I have seen on this thread - what are your thoughts with that? Last questions - how heavy is you kayak? How fast do you go over what distance?
Yes, both bow and stern get a tie down.... the issue with jeep hard top racks is uplift, more than weight.... the rack towers are spaced as far as possible on the rear with out going on the removable front section....this boat is a 15'.6" Current Designs Mystic with a Kevlar layup; it is only 42#.... with a tie on the front and back, doing 70mph is not a problem..... my average trip is less than 100 miles round trip..... I am going to go with a custom trailer soon.... it's getting to much to load boats on the roof anymore.... and then I can get a fishing kayak..... they are just to heavy to lift to a roof rack.
 

BRuby

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 28, 2019
Messages
252
Reaction score
253
Location
Backcountry Mtns
Vehicle(s)
JLUR Benz Porsche Subie +
Such great info and pic - thanks. How far from the back and front of the hard top do you mount your racks?
Hey chk out these pics to gauge the distances. Our bar spread is limited by the Skybox mount points. Def roof rails have been majorly punished at speed bombing over FSR potholed and washboard ruts. But airing down to 18 helps the Rubi suspension float nicely. As well uplift on the hwy is perfectly fine up to 70. No problems at all.

Without a doubt a stock Rubi can pretty much go anywhere you need it to go - in complete comfort.

D68F1550-B92F-4089-8CB7-D5A528D8DB44.png


51EC0C3F-94FB-4348-816A-BA2E013235C8.png


4A744736-7D6D-408B-9428-97513660AE48.png
 

MBurgJL

Well-Known Member
First Name
Scott
Joined
Jan 29, 2018
Messages
1,980
Reaction score
8,292
Location
Mechanicsburg, PA
Vehicle(s)
2018 JLUR
Here is my set up - cheap 4x6 utility trailer with rack systems. Similar to a previous thread but I have mine set up for two kayaks on top and one below which can be easily removed for camping gear.

A5E2A65A-902B-46B2-A876-6E1BD9B34FC0.jpeg


AA9B7D16-0498-40C9-BB04-C0B44B675E2F.jpeg


14FF7AF5-BD4D-42C0-A9A4-6A3770B8A26B.jpeg
Great set up. Can you define "Cheap" including total cost of this set up?
 

RedXJ97

Member
First Name
Adam
Joined
Mar 8, 2018
Messages
23
Reaction score
74
Location
South Carolina
Vehicle(s)
1997 XJ, 4 door, AX-15, OME/JKS suspension, 32's; 2018 JLU, 6-speed; 2006 Mazdaspeed6
Have you got a follow up report on what you loaded the JL with? Weight? Length? Speed? Distance?
We've had no issues with the rack. So far mostly used it for Bikes but I have taken kayaks on occasion. Only short (5-8 ft), light (around 30 lbs) whitewater boats but no issues on the interstate and 70-80 mph. The JL is my wife's daily driver so it's not my primary adventure vehicle.
 

RedXJ97

Member
First Name
Adam
Joined
Mar 8, 2018
Messages
23
Reaction score
74
Location
South Carolina
Vehicle(s)
1997 XJ, 4 door, AX-15, OME/JKS suspension, 32's; 2018 JLU, 6-speed; 2006 Mazdaspeed6
Ok, here's the setup. Thule ProBar Evo 1.5m with Thule 9512 rain gutter feet and Thule kayak cradles. Leaving tomorrow for Byron Bay, 760km with speeds of up to 110 km/h.
2103D0D0-1EF0-4015-9762-B24EE0CC4AD2.jpeg
C6307303-947C-40CB-A9AB-B2D1D8BA43EE.jpeg
A8689993-5FF1-48FD-899C-B2104C40445F.jpeg
72622A83-087A-4A69-A49B-0EFBEF48B7A9.jpeg
Nice Surf Ski! I don't think weight will be any problem!
 
OP
maguro

maguro

Well-Known Member
First Name
Ken
Joined
Nov 25, 2017
Messages
441
Reaction score
539
Location
Canadian Rockies
Vehicle(s)
Punk'n JLUR
  • Thread starter
  • Thread Starter
  • #206
How have the past 18 months gone with your setup? I'm not sure I'm going to use the freedom panels, but am planning a very similar setup.
It's been good!

However, I'll probably be selling my Rhino Vortex rack. It does a good job and looks great but I need a horizontal bar with an overhang since I want to install a Hullavator which is a side loader.
 

stitch

Active Member
Joined
Sep 15, 2018
Messages
25
Reaction score
63
Location
Europe
Vehicle(s)
Wrangler JL UnLtd Rub
The Thule Square bars do the job. They come in various lengths. I bought the 2m wide Thule bars second hand (from a van owner)
They fit nicely two canoes side by side + extra peddles/bamboe beams. Total weight of canoes probably around 150 pounds , didnt hear or see any cracks on the roof/gutters (kept higway speed below 70mph). Bars did bent tho a bit, but no worries. They stick out about 5 inches each side from the mirrors, but great to add extras on the side.
20201028_161300.jpg
20201028_161401.jpg
 
OP
maguro

maguro

Well-Known Member
First Name
Ken
Joined
Nov 25, 2017
Messages
441
Reaction score
539
Location
Canadian Rockies
Vehicle(s)
Punk'n JLUR
  • Thread starter
  • Thread Starter
  • #208
Ok, here's the setup. Thule ProBar Evo 1.5m with Thule 9512 rain gutter feet and Thule kayak cradles. Leaving tomorrow for Byron Bay, 760km with speeds of up to 110 km/h.
72622A83-087A-4A69-A49B-0EFBEF48B7A9.jpeg
Awesome V10! Personally, I've got a Stellar on order for the summer but the Epics are truly amazing!

I recently moved my Yakima roof rack towers backwards so that the front tower is just behind the freedom panel. I really wanted to keep my towers in the middle of the roof so that my kayaks/canoes wouldn't stick out so much in the back but after seeing your setup, I guess I can't complain about my short boats. Hahaha!

How do you take it on/off your roof? I'm thinking of getting a Yakima showboat to roll my boats off the back. It shouldn't be a problem especially if I'm moving them backwards.
 

smoothdurban

Member
Joined
May 6, 2020
Messages
6
Reaction score
1
Location
LaSalle ON
Vehicle(s)
2019 JLR
It's been almost a year and a half since I started this thread but I'm happy to report that I finally strapped my canoe onto my JLUR.

I ended up getting a set of Rhino Vortex bars and paired them with a Thule Portage canoe mount.

The instructions for the Vortex indicated that I should place the front bar onto the Freedom panels - although I'm not sure how safe that is.

I also found it a little difficult to find a place to mount my front tie down but that's just another excuse for me to upgrade my bumper in the future.

jl-swiftcanoe.jpg
How long is your canoe in this photo?

Thinking of a similar setup but curious about the length of your canoe.



CORRECTION I see it in your first post 16'
Any canoeists or kayakers here?

How are you planning on transporting your canoe or kayak on your JL?

My JLUR will be my first Wrangler and I'm just starting my research on how to carry my 12' kayak and 16' canoe.

I need to mount 17' canoe that weighs ~ 60 lbs and I am looking at options.

What I find odd is the mopar mounts say you cannot mount to the freedom panels but Rhino rack says AOK.
 
Last edited:
OP
maguro

maguro

Well-Known Member
First Name
Ken
Joined
Nov 25, 2017
Messages
441
Reaction score
539
Location
Canadian Rockies
Vehicle(s)
Punk'n JLUR
  • Thread starter
  • Thread Starter
  • #210
I need to mount 17' canoe that weighs ~ 60 lbs and I am looking at options.

What I find odd is the mopar mounts say you cannot mount to the freedom panels but Rhino rack says AOK.
Yeah, Rhino says it's ok and although I've had no issues with the freedom panels, I'm going to play it safe and move them backwards. I'm guessing an inverted canoe would have a lot more surface area to push upwards on the freedom panels, versus say, a narrow sea kayak.
 

Advertisement




WheelsASAP
 



Advertisement
Top