-- Last Updated: Mar-13-13 1:46 PM EST --
OK, a little closer to genuine kayak shopping. Last night, after a Craigslist possibility blew up, I bought from a friend a (very) used Yakima rooftop rack. It needs clean-up and such and I think I've figured out how to mount it on my 4x8 utility trailer.
Alas, the rack came up rigged to hold four bicycles. OK, I'll pull the bike holders and retain for possible use but now need to get kayak holders. I have not hit the Yakima site and anyway, right now I don't even see what model # the rack is, the crossbars are about 1-1/4" (est) diameter tubes. So, will any Yakima holder fit? Would a Thule one fit? Any particular one I should look for (hoping to find on Craigslist used before resorting to new)? I see the J-shaped ones offered, maybe lower lift-over height (although trailer-mount means lower anyway)? For all I know there are "400 series" or "Type Seven" racks and they don't interchange.
Spending money and not even looked at my first kayak yet… well, anyway, I'm partway through "Kayaking Made Easy" and see that a brace is not something I need to BUY. :)
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Yakima round bars are pretty standard|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Mar-13-13 11:04 AM (EST)
Posted by: tiger1964 on Mar-13-13 1:50 PM (EST)
"guideboatguy", your input plus a visit to Yakima's site tells me enough to have some confidence when I shop for holders, won't worry too much about round-vs-square.
For what it is worth.|
Posted by: Jackl on Mar-14-13 9:02 AM (EST)
You sound like a do-it yourselfer, so:
Posted by: NDpaddleman on Mar-16-13 12:58 PM (EST)
I have a yakima rack with the yakima J-cradle. My paddling buddy has the thule rack and Thule J-cradle. We mounted one of his J-cradles on my yakima and it worked great! I found that I like the Thule cradles better because when not in use, you can fold them down flat and leave them on your rack. The yakima ones I have don't have that option so I am always unscrewing them from my rack when not in use and its kind of a pain. Especially now knowing that the thule cradles can just stay on and fold down with the push of a button. Get the Thule for an easier system.
Posted by: guideboatguy on Mar-16-13 2:10 PM (EST)
The Thule J-hooks I use (they belong to a friend and are used to carry the friend's boat) do not fold down, but I still "unscrew" them, as you say, during every river trip (and naturally I take them off the rest of the time as well). It takes roughly five seconds to remove each one, and I can't see how that's inconvenient (it takes about 30 seconds to install each one, which is "a lot longer" but still no big deal). This is also the very reason I DO remove them while on the river. I'd hate to come off the river to find that someone who thought they needed them more than we do decided to take advantage of the fact that they can be removed almost instantly.
I leave my J-racks on|
Posted by: TetonJohn on Mar-16-13 5:47 PM (EST)
during the boating season -- makes it easy to find the car in the parking lot!