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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-24-2008, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Kayak Carrier

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I'm looking to purchase a kayak in the future and was wondering if anyone has done it with their Forester and would care to give me some advice on what type and brand of carrier to look into. I saw a gullwing type that lets the kayak sit as if it was on the water instead of sideways like I see most kayaks and was wondering if there were any significant differences (advantages/disadvantages) of carrying it in a specific manner.

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Largely depends on what kind of kayak you're getting...

I had a 15.9 ft. touring 'yak and I used the Thule Hull-a-Port carriers, which are essentially j-shaped cradles:

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I've got the Subaru kayak rack, which is actually made by (and labeled) Yakima.

See picture of it in action at: Red Forester Pictures

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Hmm thanks for the photos guys. Any problems using either of those systems? Ever feel like the kayak is going to fly off if you drive highway speeds? How about tipping forwards or backwards? I've seen a kayak fly off once on the 280, so I have some apprehension about carrying one.

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I've only taken short, local trips with the kayaks. I did carry a 17' Folbot for 500 miles at highway speeds with no problems.

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Hmm thanks for the photos guys. Any problems using either of those systems? Ever feel like the kayak is going to fly off if you drive highway speeds? How about tipping forwards or backwards? I've seen a kayak fly off once on the 280, so I have some apprehension about carrying one.
Again, it depends on the type of kayak. There are significant differences in shape, weight and size, so while you might be ok with the kayak stacker bbottomley has if you're getting a smaller recreational or whitewater kayak, I would definitely recommend something more secure for a longer touring type boat. Also, good tiedowns for the bow and stern are key...

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I've got the same carrier as Silke. My kayak is a tandem and I think it is 17+ feet. I tie it down (or bungie) front and back same as her picture above. Seems really stable with the tie downs...have taken it on highway a few times, but not on a real long trip.

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Ok thanks guys. I'm getting a tandem too (despite the couple horror stories, as long as I just follow along).

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I've got the Subaru kayak rack, which is actually made by (and labeled) Yakima.
X2. I have a tandem SOT Pelican kayak and the J racks are quite stable. Actually looking to get another tandem and another set of the Subaru J racks.

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I've got the Thule Hull a port, and it has worked great for us. Made several trips from MA to VA with no problems. Mine is 14" and wifes is 13'6". Just make sure you tie down the bow and stern as well. (My carriers attached right to the Subaru Roof Rack. (2002 Forester) If I am just going a short/local trip I dont usually tie down the bow/stern (speeds under 40 mph)....but if you go on anything of lenght, make sure you tie down front/rear. Good luck
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So, where are you guys attaching the bow and stern lines under the car?
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Driven across Canada with the Yakima set up. First rate product when dealing with severe cross winds.
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So, where are you guys attaching the bow and stern lines under the car?
I always attached mine to the front and rear tow hooks.

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i have the thule stacker with thule bars, works great. can carry up to 4 kayaks (i have 2 12ers)

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+ 1 for the stackers. I have carried 4 yaks no problem. I had the hull-a-port and did not like them, too much wasted space.
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