We have a 2 door Jeep Wrangler with a nice cargo cage and saddles for our kayaks. Great stable setup but we’re looking to maybe replace it in the future. Subaru Outback is one possibility but we’re pretty open.
But the one thing that I can’t figure out is how stable are kayaks on racks that don’t have the huge bar spread that we have on the Wrangler. We currently have a spread of about 5 1/2 feet. So the two straps go around parts of the kayaks that are fairly narrow. This works our really with our Kanu Lock straps, you just can’t see the boats slipping out either from theft or just a good jolt on the road.
Our widest boat is 28" which will soon be replaced with something in the 22-24" range. The other boat is 24" The boats are 13’ and 14,5’ but the 13’ will be placed with something in the 14-16’ range.
Now almost anybody who roof tops kayaks does it with a vehicle without that great bar spread. So am I just being a worry wart here? Is a 3’ to 4’ spread really ok? What do people with sedans do? Maybe there just isn’t a problem.