My 2005 Honda Pilot is an old reliable SUV that I do not mind if it gets scratched up a bit putting the kayak on the roof without rails or even pool noodles. I use a large towel during mounting it and sometimes I leave the towel fully under the boat.
I strap it down securely at the front, middle, and back. Picture does not show securely tied down because I’m in the middle of unloading it. Is there any down side transporting a single kayak on a bare roof like this? I have transported it this way on 3 trips already going up to speeds of 50mph but always under very slow accelerations. I have also filmed myself driving around the block and everything looks secured after the trips. Just wondering if this transport method has any major downside besides scratching up a car I don’t mind adding a few more scratches that most folks can’t even see.