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.
A couple years ago I bought a 26' rowing shell and carried it home on a 4' wide roof rack. I checked with the manufacturer first and they didn't see a problem. The ends didn't bounce at all; the rigidity/weight ratio is too high. A kayak isn't quite as high, but it is also much shorter.
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