I just purchased two lifetime 10’ sit inside kayaks and I’m having a hell of a time transporting them. I could use some advice.
Our current set up is 4 J racks on top of our factory roof rack on a Dodge Durango (375lb load capacity). We strap them in on the J’s with the cockpits facing out away from each other and use a cam strap on each j hook and a stern line. I will be adding a bow line with hood hooks next time we transport.
Last week on our way home from a quick lake trip, going about 45mph someone informed us we were “bending” at the front of our kayaks. Sure enough when we pulled over the front of one kayak was trying to bend. Is this because I cranked the cam straps too tight in the middle? Would a bow line eliminate this issue?
Also the wind sounds through the cockpit are super sketchy when trying to travel at any speed higher than 40mph. It sounds like they’re going to launch right off the roof.
We want to take longer trips to some more scenic lakes and rivers but have to travel on a highway in AZ where the speed limit is 75 but locals do 80-90 I am nervous to transport them at high speeds if they already try to bend at 45!
Our roof racks aren’t long enough to lay them both flat. Can you extend already existing roof racks?
I’ve watched one million you tube videos on how to properly tie them down but, it feels so sketchy transporting with the J racks. Ideally I’d like to extend our existing roof racks so we can lay them flat with the cockpit facing down.
Any other suggestions welcome!