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Kayak transportation

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Nick'sblue4x4, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. Jan 6, 2016 at 5:33 PM
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    Nick'sblue4x4

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    I got a 10' kayak for Christmas and was wondering what the best way to transport it would be? I have oem roof rack and a campershell with the Thule tracks just no feet or load bars. Could i get a Thule kayak carrier for the oem bars or get the feet and load bars for the campershell along with the Thule kayak carrier?
     
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    Some form of saddles will provide better protection for the boat, especially in hot weather where a rotomolded boat can more easily get warped. On a ten foot boat the cab rack is probably fine but on longer boats like touring kayaks I prefer to have the saddles spaced out for more support, epsecially when using bow and stern lines to minimize bounce.

    <----- 16' touring kayak, 11' recreation kayak plus a whitewater boat and a 15' solo canoe; I use a Yakima rack on my camper shell for all of them (not at the same time).
     
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    Since you already have a roof rack you're good to go. Throw it up there and add straps until it won't wiggle. There's really no need for any kind of special accessory for that size boat. You can do anything with enough straps!
     
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    BTW...In that ^^^ pic the upper boats are sitting on a Thule rack mounted to the shell. I added some pipe insulation to the bars to keep the boats from wanting to slide on the bars.
    Yes on the feet and bars, but you don't "need" the kayak carrier
     
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    +1 on the feet and bars. Get longer bars than you think you'll need.

    I wouldn't worry too much about warping the boat in the sun as mentioned above, but it's definitely better for the boat to be up on its side rather than hull down on the bars. I use the Thule stacker to accomplish that, which gives you the added bonus of carrying a ton of boats. I've had 4 per side on mine with no issues, but I'd recommend routing any straps through the top of it then around the bars, rather than how they depict it on their website in the link provided.

    If you're going to use the OEM rack be careful as they're made of a slicker material and your boat WILL move. It's good practice to reach up and give your boat a shake every time you get out of the truck (at gas stops, etc) just to see where things have loosened up. I once had my whitewater boat make a 45 degree shift while going 70mph down the highway, which will get your attention. I've also heard many stories of boats getting loose, and one notable one where 4 boats came off at highway speed while still attached to the rack.

    Whatever you end up doing, just make sure you take the time to ensure that everything is secure. You don't want to be the inspiration for one of those Allstate "chaos" commercials.
     
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    If you only have a 10' kayak like me just leave it in the bed.There is no need for lifting it on the roof.
     
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