My girlfriend and I just purchased 2 Mainstream Jazz 9' kayaks and are now trying to figure out the best way to transport them. I drive a 2006 Chevy Colbalt 2-door and she drives a 2003 Ford Focus 4-door (with a pesky antennae that sticks up in the front middle).
A gentleman that we ran into while buying them swore by the Malone Stax Pro2 (http://maloneautoracks.com/folding-stacker-style-kayak-carriers.php), but I have my doubts it will work on her car.
Also, we are now faced with getting seats for these kayaks, as sitting in them is incredibly uncomfortable.
Overall, the goal is to try to do this as inexpensively as possible, but in the end, I'm appreciate any help and input I could get. I am completely new to this.
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The Malone stacker looks like a good|
Posted by: adbass on Sep-24-12 11:01 PM (EST)
solution for two kayaks (provided you have a basic rack to attach it to). The stacker style carriers aren't so great for longer boats (say 13+ feet) but are perfect for short recreational kayaks like yours. I use something like this for transporting my two 11 ft boats: http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Paddling/CarRacksCarts/PRD~4008-328/sportrack-kayak-stacker-rack-adapter.jsp
I've also been looking |
Posted by: Woodenstuff on Sep-24-12 11:33 PM (EST)
at setups from Thule that will run us around $650, but it seems like those will for sure fit the Focus. At the same time though, we don't know if we want to spend that amount.
$650 is a bit steep for|
Posted by: adbass on Sep-25-12 8:51 AM (EST)
just a kayak carrier. Do you not already have roof bars? If not, then in addition to Thule and Yakima (the market leaders), there are companies such as Inno and Sportrack that sell considerably cheaper (but still good quality) product:
Oh, and regarding the antenna |
Posted by: adbass on Sep-25-12 8:57 AM (EST)
Have you checked that it doesn't just unscew from it's base? A lot of them do, you know.
I started off with the Malone Stax....|
Posted by: kayak_bob on Sep-24-12 11:52 PM (EST)
We might be|
Posted by: woodenstuff on Sep-25-12 11:51 AM (EST)
interested in buying those stax...although right now I think we're still recovering from the initial funds depletion of buying the kayaks (being college kids is not cheap in this town).
Cheaper options exist|
Posted by: adbass on Sep-25-12 12:25 PM (EST)
for transporting a single kayak on the roof of a car e.g., http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Paddling/CarRacksCarts/PRD~5010-235/sherpak-deluxe-universal-kayak-carrier.jsp
That's the thing|
Posted by: woodenstuff on Sep-25-12 12:54 PM (EST)
I know we can find cheaper single options, but just from transporting one kayak via foam blocks on my Cobalt, I would not want to use that again unless absolutely necessary.
Sorry, I can't see|
Posted by: adbass on Sep-25-12 1:16 PM (EST)
your link, but this might interest you: