As these a "bad idea"?
I was looking around for the J-shaped holders but so far folks want almost-retail for them. Again, the lifting is not a problem, this will go on a utility trailer, much lower than car-top.
(Cannot tell you what boat they'll be for, I'm setting up transport for when I find a boat -- probably rec.)
Recreational Kayak Paddle
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Blazing Saddles is best. But those |
Posted by: ezwater on Mar-23-13 6:11 PM (EST)
you pictured are probably OK. Yakima has been through several saddle attempts. I have one of the earliest, and once adjusted to the boat, it is OK.
Posted by: bartc on Mar-23-13 7:23 PM (EST)
Those are really inexpensive! I bought a different kind on ebay and they work great. A good set of saddles can keep your boat from oil-canning when you torque down the lines to hold it firmly. But you need to make sure that the clamps/clips that hold the saddles to the crossbars actually will fit your crossbars! Sizes do vary considerably, so measure both first to be sure.
Posted by: shiraz627 on Mar-23-13 8:11 PM (EST)
I use a set of those.
saddles on round bars|
Posted by: rrose on Mar-23-13 8:40 PM (EST)
but you need to attach the round cross bars to your vehicle by other means, either directly to some feet that are supported on the roof or to an existing rack. I'd go to the Yakima web site to see what those will cost. The price being asked appears very reasonable. Make certain there is no dry-rot.
I have them.|
Posted by: jackl on Mar-24-13 6:14 AM (EST)
They are great if you want to slide the kayak on them.
For use on a utility trailer...|
Posted by: Bnystrom on Mar-24-13 11:46 AM (EST)
...you want something to hold the boats that has some give to it, as utility trailer suspensions are geared to hauling heavy loads, not lightweight kayaks. If you mount your boats too rigidly, the trailer can beat them up. I'm pretty sure that the saddles pictured are pretty flexible, so they would be a good choice on a trailer. Keep the trailer's tire pressure low, too.
Saddles & trailers|
Posted by: tiger1964 on Mar-25-13 9:18 AM (EST)
OK, good feedback and I'll check into this set or another if already sold.
Posted by: magooch on Mar-25-13 10:29 AM (EST)
First, when hauling kayaks on a trailer, it is going to be much easier on the boats to haul them on edge. If the boat/boats are longer than the trailer and stick out behind the trailer, it is important to haul the boats at a height that will not allow them to drag on ramps such as driveways etc. The boats should also be high enough that following cars will not run into them at stops.
Posted by: tiger1964 on Mar-28-13 8:00 AM (EST)
I appreciate all the input, especially on trailer applications. We picked up these saddles last night, they appear to be in good shape. Alas, I don't think I saved much money overall as, considering it was late and far from home, we stopped off at a restaurant.. which was French. $$$
Posted by: regrea on Mar-28-13 8:19 AM (EST)
I use cam straps to secure my boats. I have also used rope with a trucker's hitch knot. For me the ratchet straps make it a bit too easy to over tighten the strap and damage the boat.
Posted by: shiraz627 on Mar-28-13 8:30 AM (EST)
Most people use cam straps from either Thule or Yakima but there are other suppliers also. Keep in mind when buying straps the inexpensive ones don't seem to last that long. Pairs from Thule or Yakima typically retail for about $30 a set.
Posted by: magooch on Mar-28-13 10:16 AM (EST)
If you really are interested in securing your boats, use soft nylon, or dacron ropes. Learn to tie a proper hitch. If you haul your boats on a trailer, they don't have to be tied down as tightly as if hauled on your vehicles roof. In any case, you should never tie them down so tight that it deforms the boat. My rule of thumb is to tie the boat to the saddles just tight enough to hold them in place, the fore and aft ropes are much more important to keep the boat in place in case of rapid acceleration, or deceleration.
no, just a few extra pounds|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Mar-28-13 4:20 PM (EST)
Posted by: tiger1964 on Mar-29-13 7:56 AM (EST)
"If you happen to know someone who works in a paper mill, they might be able to get some dryer rope--free. It doesn't get any better than that."