Boats on cars - let’s see ‘em!

I like the kayak and will eagerly await delivery.

We listed our RTT today and got a nibble. We need the kayak carrying version before summer.
It will carry 150 pounds.



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Now that is cool! The key is to get one half of the boat on the rack. That means you only have the other half to pick up.

I’ve posted a pictures of this before, so apologies to those who don’t need a repeat. But, here’s a picture showing the bars I added that span the ends of the Thule cross bars. Those bars are always there. The two uprights are removable and one can be used on whichever side I’m loading from. The drawback of pivoting the kayak into place is that any cradles used can’t be too tall. My cradles are foam, covered with indoor/outdoor carpet to keep them from being degraded by UV exposure.

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Can you also flip it over and carry the car on the kayak?

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As a former Mini owner, I can say yes, it works, but only if the boat is deck-down on the racks. For example, when I flipped this setup over, it didn’t hold water:

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https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BXbdtJ8bC4H5gwHt9USC2tqbjY-aHkXQ/view?usp=sharing

Chestnut Pal and bundle of strips for my first woodstrip build. Headed from Green Bay to northeast Georgia July 1980. The 1969 Ford Falcon was not pretty, but it was dependable. Everything I owned was in or on that car including a cast iron woodstove. I was on the wild side-still am!

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I found this picture picking up my first kayak, an Old Town Loon 100, some time in the 1990s I think. The Escort OEM rack was pretty flimsy, hence the extra tie-downs. The shop, O.R.E. in Boardman, Ohio is still there!

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Looks line a repurposed C-store or fast food joint. More power to 'em!!!

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Sunrift Adventures started in a similar store front where I got my first rec boat.
They are now in an older building but have a much better selection.
I’ve seen sea kayaks come and go and now it’s mostly rec boats.

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