self load equip for Mazda 3 hatchback?
Posted by: old_user on Mar-09-13 4:03 PM (EST) Category: Other Gear
Having trouble self loading my sea kayak on top of my new Mazda3 hatchback. The bars due to the factory set mounts are pretty close together and the back bar forward on the car.
Tried the Yakima boatloader and quickly put a dent in my side door and thought I was going to hurt myself.
Was looking at the Rhino T loader - any experience with this? Trying to find something to use with my yakima hully rollers and bars. Or I can buy a trailer but trying to avoid this.
I have a valley skerry (16+ft and 65 lbs) and yakima bars with hully rollers on the back bar.
Very frustrated since I used to be able to pack and go within 30 minutes by myself.
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Posted by: Marshall on Mar-09-13 4:30 PM (EST)
I use the...|
Posted by: ByronWalter on Mar-09-13 5:14 PM (EST)
...Slipstream with a Mazda 3 and loading/unloading is a snap.
Posted by: dc9mm on Mar-09-13 7:17 PM (EST)
like the suv hatch fin roller|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-09-13 11:19 PM (EST)
thanks all for the suggestions but the roller that fits into the back fin of the hatch I think will do the trick and its an easy thing to try - per the post above.
Yakima sells an extender|
Posted by: redmond on Mar-10-13 10:20 AM (EST)
bar that works remarkably well. http://yakima.com/shop/water/load-assist/boatloader
Posted by: fitchm on Mar-13-13 10:14 AM (EST)
I saw a Yakima ShowBoat last weekend at Canoecopia: it appears to be their version of the Thule Slipstream. The roller bar extends out a little bit over the back of the car so you don't have to go the towel over the roof route. Their site advertises 34" beyond the rear crossbar.
Second the bath mat|
Posted by: FrankNC on Mar-15-13 5:25 PM (EST)
It works. It is cheap. You may already have one along to keep the sand out of the car while you change.
Agree with dc9mm & the roller|
Posted by: lakelander on Mar-15-13 5:37 PM (EST)
dc9mm's post is what I've used for years & it makes loading & unloading very easy.