I’m getting ready to buy a roof rack for my 02 Ford Explorer. I paddle Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 SOT (13’6" long, 60 lbs, 28" wide). I’m strong and have no problems car topping by myself.
I like Yakima products, but can’t decide if it would be easier to use Mako saddles or the Hullraiser “J” cradles. I have no experience with any rack systems as I’ve been using a DIY rack in my old pickup truck.
It seems to me that the height of my vehicle would make the Makos easier to use as I could slide the boat up from the back of the car. I might be wrong, but I’m guessing I would load the boat on the Hullraisers from the side of the vehicle. Given my vehicle height and boat weight/dimensions, this seems difficult to do solo.
- Which do you think is more secure for my boat?
- Does the boat’s weight, length, and hull design make one system preferable over the other?
- Does it matter at all, and am I just over-thinking this decision?