I have the Thule rack on my car spread out as far as it will go (about 3 1/2') I'm looking to buy a used Eddyline
S-18 (18'). That means I'll have about 7 1/2' of kayak sticking out past the rack supports on both ends. I'm concerned this might case undue stress on the hull while bouncing down the road. Is this a legitimate concern? Should I consider a J style rack where it lays on it's side?
Recreational Kayak Paddle
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Posted by: corinneandchazross on Dec-09-12 12:00 PM (EST)
Look at www.goodboykayaks.com site he's has really nice racks that detach the V's so when your driving without the boat you get better fuel milage or to fit in the garage. It takes about 15 seconds to put the boat on and strap it down. Much safer for longer boats. Good luck. Chaz
V-racks are the bomb|
Posted by: carldelo on Dec-09-12 2:06 PM (EST)
I didn't care for my Malone Sea Wings|
Posted by: Yanoer on Dec-09-12 5:04 PM (EST)
unless the boat had a deep vee hull (Eddyline Nighthawk 16).
4' isn't so short|
Posted by: Toller on Dec-09-12 6:55 PM (EST)
I carry my 17' in the Thule saddles and they seem just fine. A kayak isn't like a 17' long 2x4; it is pretty rigid and shouldn't be damaged in transit.
It will be fine.|
Posted by: mintjulep on Dec-10-12 6:49 AM (EST)
Not a problem|
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Dec-10-12 9:29 AM (EST)
I carry both an 18'3" kayak and a 19' surf ski on a similar spread.