Posted by: drjay9051 on Oct-20-12 8:47 AM (EST)
You may want to look into these racks: http://goodboykayaks.com/
I just installed one on my truck. At first i was concerned as they use bungees to hold my boats however I am sold on these.
They are not inexpensive at $200 per rack but are clearly the bestIhave ever owned and will last forever.
As you can see on their website they have three different models. i went for the standard model and removal is so simple. just loosen 2 nuts and in seconds you have a clean roof !
The nice thing is they can be switched from roof to roof without any problems.
I know what you mean about loading on a high vehicle.
I never thought i would be able to load onto the roof of the truck but the solution was as easy as a $30 3 step folding ladder from Home Depot
I place the bow into one of the V bars and than angle boat into the other V bar.
The owner of Good Boy Racks (Cliff) is readily available if you have any questions. He makes these racks as a side business and frankly they are by far the most efficient, cleanest looking and best racks i have ever owned.
I am surprised that the major companies like Thule, Yakima have not done something like this.
In my opinion the V bar system is far superior to saddles or cradles.
If I can offer any other information let me know.
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