I'd like to receive recommendations on vehicles to use for carrying a kayak (10-12ft). I'm new to the outdoor/kayaking hobby and own a very small car. I'd like for the price to be around $5K. I'd be using the kayak for fishing.
So far, I've come across a 2001 X-Terra and 2003 Chevy Tahoe.
Pictures of vehicle with kayaks are encouraged. Thank you all for the help!
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Posted by: carldelo on Dec-11-12 1:09 AM (EST)
A 12' kayak is quite short, not a problem to carry. I carry up to 17' on a Mini with no worries. A well-engineered rack is all that is needed to carry a boat on a small car. You can carry a rowing shell on a Smart with the right rack.
Posted by: ShadyClip on Dec-11-12 1:48 AM (EST)
Check out the websites for Thule and Yakima and see what racks they have that will fit your current car.
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Posted by: Pirateoverforty on Dec-11-12 9:44 AM (EST)
throw it in the back of a pickup truck.
Posted by: willowleaf on Dec-11-12 10:15 AM (EST)
Too bad you're so far away from me. I've got a nice 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe for sale for $4900.
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Posted by: nickjc on Dec-11-12 4:31 PM (EST)
My paddling partner puts his 21 foot surfski on a VW Golf with some extra support from a hitch mounted support.
Posted by: Kyp17 on Dec-11-12 11:15 PM (EST)
Thank you all for the prompt replies. I'll reconsider whether I should really look at getting another vehicle and will do my research on buying a rack. Thanks again!
Posted by: Tempest170 on Dec-12-12 11:43 AM (EST)
I love my 4Runner. Its a 2002 and hauls all my gear perfectly. I started with a 10ft kayak and now regularly haul 17ft kayaks. Here is a picture of me hauling a 27ft rowing shell...
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Posted by: llwjrw03 on Dec-14-12 7:49 PM (EST)
I have a buddy that has two trophy 144's(12 ft)and he puts both on top of his 2 door hatchback. a few pool noodles to put them on and a couple straps and rope and youre good to go. I have two 12 footers and i have a 208 chevy 1500 crew cab short bed and i strap them both down on top of tail gate with one end propped on roof.
Posted by: RockyRaab on Dec-15-12 9:43 AM (EST)
A pair of Hully rollers and some ratchet straps are all I need to haul my 100+ pound Pro Angler 14. It's a 2000 Durango.