I’ve been kayaking a bit the past few years. I just got a Thule aeroblade with a the hull-a-port J-Rack so that I could more safely transport may kayak. I had a little difficulty following some parts of the instructions and just wanted to check with others to see if I have strapped it in properly. Particularly, I’m wanting to make sure that the straps are going over it in the right place. i.e. is it going around the strongest part? I’m not going to cause any bending, etc, based on where I have put the straps over it am I? I’m just checking because the manual said something about not putting the straps over the cowling (I think that’s just the opening for someone to sit… I was not sure why this was in there. I don’t exactly have enough room on my roof to completely miss the cowling and I did install the rack per manual, so this might be the best I can do. Is the reason they don’t want you to cover the cowling because the rope might slide a bit and then become lose if it goes off the cowling or elevated coaming?
Ultimately, I just want to be sure I’m not damaging my kayak the way I’ve mounted it… Have I mounted it in a way to minimize likelihood of damage? Are the cables over and around the cowling at the strongest part of the kayak? From using it yesterday, I can say for sure it was mounted securely and didn’t wobble or move at all from what I could tell at 60 mph.
Here are 2 pictures to explain:
Thanks a bunch!