So the bed of my pickup truck is good for hauling boats, as long as its a short (sub 10’) whitewater boat. And now that I’m looking at buying a long touring boat, its not gonna want to sit in the bed. Which means I need to get a setup apt for long boats. On my truck, I’ve got a headache rack mounted in the bed that sticks up above the cab with a nice big 2"x2" crossbar to hold up one end of the boat. I’ve bought a bed extender that’ll let me create a rear rack at the same height as the headache rack, also with a nice big 2"x2" crossbar up top.
So this leads me to the big question: Those foam blocks look to be the right size that I could just set them on the crossbars, velcro strap them to the crossbar (not split and slipped over, just strapped to the top), and then set a kayak up there and strap it down. Or, instead of spending all that money on the fancy minicell foam with the v cut in it, I could go pick up some cheap pool noodles and do the same thing (and be set up to haul 2 or 3 boats for less cost than blocks for 1 boat). Does it make any difference that the foam is different and there isn’t a pre-formed v shape in it?
And I suppose as a followup, does anyone have any experience with attaching j hooks to a crossbar that big? I see all the kits sold are really meant to fit on roof racks, not a heavy truck rack. Would it be as simple as getting longer bolts for the attachment?