Currently, we transport 2 kayaks (each about 14 ft long and about 42 lbs) on top of a Honda Element, using the factory rack with Thule Hullaports (J style), with stern and bow lines. This works well, except that the Element is a bit tall.
As a second car, we are considering a Suburu Impreza hatchback, and we are wondering if the same set up would work? Our thought is to use the factory cross bar kit with the Thule Hullaports. I think the cross bar spread is similar (about 30 inches) on both the Element and the Impreza. The Element has great options for bow/stern tie downs, and I'm uncertain if the Impreza has this.
We like the Element and plan to keep it, but the Impreza is lower, so it would be nice to have that option for transporting the kayaks. Would appreciate advice from anyone familiar with this idea. Thanks.