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Transporting Kayak & SUP?

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by WhiskeyTaco, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. Apr 15, 2017 at 9:55 AM
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    WhiskeyTaco

    WhiskeyTaco [OP] Well-Known Member

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    https://www.amazon.com/Universal-Pi...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=2AW3WK60E1Y9EJVNV5WC

    That's the rack (Vantech) I'm working with (60") on my Leer cab height shell

    Both kayak and SUP are 33-34" wide.

    Was thinking just using J hooks for both?

    Or

    Using one set of saddles and putting kayak down first with SUP on top and securing together (with padding between the two)

    Truck bed is being used for sleeping platform, so can't use that.

    I'd prefer to have saddles so when I go fishing with the yak by myself it'd be easier to load.

    What does TW think?
     
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  2. Apr 16, 2017 at 5:23 AM
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    JPinFL

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    That looks like a decent rack to mount to a shell. Straight forward installation. I might have to go that way myself, as I am putting together a sleeping platform as well.

    As for the kayak & SUP...I would want them flat. I have two kayaks, so putting them side by side will require pretty long crossbars. Unless I go one flat, the other on a J-hook. The only thing is, with the J-hooks, the height is too tall IMO.
     
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  3. Apr 18, 2017 at 8:44 PM
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    I've got the 66" Yakima bars on mine and can carry a couple of boats flat and still have some room left over. Loading longer, heavier boats like sea kayaks by yourself is a PITA which is why I have the Hully Rollers on the back and Mako saddles on the front. I've got a set of J hooks for my whitewater boat and they're not bad for the lighter weight boat but more often I just toss it up there flat since it's easier.

    Picture in this post:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/what-do-you-carry-on-top-of-your-topper.472919/
    You can't really see it in that picture but there's a Yakima Viper bike rack on the other side of the canoe; it stays on the rack on the outside edge. The brown padding under the canoe is just pipe insulation from Lowe's with some electrical tape to hold it in place; pool noodles work too.
     
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  4. Apr 20, 2017 at 6:55 AM
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    WhiskeyTaco

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    Thanks for the post.

    I'm pretty sure I can just use one set of saddles for the kayak, and then pad the bars and load the SUP face down with straps.

    I'm installing the rack next week and I'll see if that works.
     

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