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Unread 11-05-2013, 09:30 AM   #1
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KK and Kayaks

Does anyone here have a Kayak? If so, how do you transport it?

I'm looking at eventually buying a Kayak, and I have no idea where to start. I'm giving myself the offseason to be able to do the research needed before making a purchase. I'm also looking to see what will be needed to haul it on the roof, or if I can get it to fit with the seats down.

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Unread 11-05-2013, 12:38 PM   #2
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Thule or Yakima

You won't want to try stuffing a kayak in your KK. The water and mud of paddling aren't worth it.

Unfortunately, the rack systems are expensive too. The rail grabs and crossbars will run you about $300-$350. The actual kayak carrier will run you an additional $150-$500, depending on how awesome you want to go. Yakima and Thule are the leaders for bars and equipment to haul anything you can imagine. Go to their sites and walk through the fit process and they'll show you the best options.

I'm about to spring for the Thule 450R and ARB53 crossbar and rail grabs, which will run me about $340. I already have a dual kayak carrier that I got at Dick's for $150 that carries two boats. On the plus side, I love kayaking and think it's worth the one-time costs. I wouldn't recommend going expensive at first. My $350 Dick's kayak has dihedral design and steers straight. I like it.

Let us know what you end up getting. Good luck!
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Unread 11-05-2013, 12:51 PM   #3
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Yeah, I didn't think that through about putting the Kayak back in wet... Dumb idea!

Ill check out Yakima or Thule and see what I can find. I'll probably head out to Dick's sometime soon and see what they have.

I have the US National White Water Rafting Center not too far from my house, as well as a couple rivers and a pretty decent sized lake. So ill definitely have a few good places to use it at.
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Unread 11-05-2013, 05:49 PM   #4
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Do you have the raised roof rails? If so you can DIY some cross bars. Then add "atthehelm"'s front recovery bar with a receiver and either DIY a front support or there are manufactured ones.
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Unread 11-06-2013, 11:34 AM   #5
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are you talkin' about a whitewater kayak or a 10 footer
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Unread 11-06-2013, 12:29 PM   #6
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10' Ft.. I meant I can use it at their facilities on the flat water and not the white water.

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Unread 11-06-2013, 01:04 PM   #7
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If you have raised roof rails, with some DIY crossbars 10 feet is easy. The KK is 14 feet long and I've had stuff hanging off the front and back of mine.
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Unread 11-06-2013, 01:32 PM   #8
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I have the RRO bars. I think I'll look into some DIY bars with some U bolts.
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Unread 11-06-2013, 01:54 PM   #9
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Take a look at Malone crossbars and kayak carriers-check out their website-Bass Pro stocks 'em
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