I have a 55lb kayak. (Perception Acadia) and use J-bar mounts on my Honda Pilot.
I need to load the kayak by myself and have been having more trouble managing it. I recently slipped and dropped the kayak and dented my car.
I was wondering what are folks’ favorite mounting arrangements for dealing with heavy kayaks?
I am 5’11". 185lbs and 63y
I solved the same “problem” many years ago. I had a minivan that would hold my kayak INSIDE - sorry, no passengers. That was what I told the salesman when I received the kayak as a gift - if it didn’t fit inside the van, there was NO sale. Luckily for all involved, it did fit and I have been yakking for 30+ years in the same kayak, an original 37-lb. Walden partially made from green soda bottles (hence the dark green color). It’s great for flatwater and photography! My dilemma recently, when I had to buy a new vehicle due to complete exhaustion of last minivan, was, do I buy another minivan or a very small, gas efficient car? Logically, at age 69, the answer would be the car, being retired & living in elderly housing and putting the kayak on the roof with old J=bars. However, I was leaning towards a minivan, having had one for years. Well, don’t you know what appeared? A 2017 minivan with low miles and plenty of room inside for my kayak!! I had the car salesman spinning in his chair! I came, I saw, I bought. AND, I can take somebody with me because of folding-into-floor bucket seats in the second row. Starting with the front passenger seat folded completely flat, the second row bucket seat stowed and the 3rd row bench seat stowed, I lift the kayak onto the back bumper and then lift & push from the other end into the van, close the back lift gate and away I go.
I know not everyone can buy a new vehicle for their kayak, but for me, the stars aligned magically at the right time! This solution has many advantages: being able to lock your kayak inside with all the paraphernalia, you can take a passenger and there’s still room for more stuff!