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.
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.
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.
2008 Jeep Liberty KK W/Selec Trac II, ADL Skid Plate Group, 245/70/16 All Terrain Destinations, VisionX LED Floodlights. It's a real jeep. Don't like it? Wait let me check. Yep, still a real jeep.