I have a Perception Pescador 12 that I will need to carry on my car every once in awhile. The car is an Infiniti G35 and I prefer not to have a roof rack on it 24/7. Just every other weekend or so when I would like to do a little fishing and my wife is using the SUV.
Anyway, I've looked at the Thule and Yakima racks. Is one much easier to install/remove than the other? Is there another brand that I should consider?
I bought the v-shaped foam blocks to carry the kayak home when I bought it, and I can tell from that short trip that those foam blocks are definitely not a permanent solution for me.
Thanks for your input!
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Posted by: suiram on Apr-18-13 8:57 AM (EST)
Handi Rack by Malone|
Posted by: suzanneh on Apr-18-13 9:23 AM (EST)
Try one of these out. http://www.maloneautoracks.com/handirack.php
Posted by: richardp on Apr-18-13 10:17 AM (EST)
You are correct about the foam blocks, glad you realized it sooner rather than later. I use Thule but the major brands seem to work about the same. One you get used to your racks, you will be able to mount them in under 10 minutes with your eyes closed, even less if you have help. I do not like keeping the racks on my Saab either, on and off they go all tear long.
easy to remove roof racks|
Posted by: ret603 on Apr-18-13 11:03 AM (EST)
The infinity G35 lacks roof rails. While anything can be added to any vehicle, I doubt you want to screw on rails (I did with a Honda Odyssey.) I once saw a Mazda Miata convertible with a kayak on it's roof rack-would take a while to explain how it was done
Even better was the Saris roof rack...|
Posted by: Bnystrom on Apr-21-13 11:29 AM (EST)
...but sadly, it's been discontinued.
I have the front and rear tower/bar |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-18-13 1:03 PM (EST)
assemblies of my Yakima racks linked together. I am able to place the entire thing in position and clamp it in place quickly. Plus, the firm linkage is strong added insurance against tower slippage and failure.
Yakima Q-Towers ......|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Apr-18-13 1:47 PM (EST)
I have a Thule...|
Posted by: canuck_kayaker on Apr-18-13 2:05 PM (EST)
roof rack an cross bars on my car and I can put them on/take them off in 10 minutes or less.
Posted by: timothy585 on Apr-18-13 3:23 PM (EST)
I've got "Pack & Paddle" and "Backpacker" retailers in town. I believe one carries Yakima and the other Thule, so I should be able to put my hands on the racks and make my choice.
Of course, if you ain't afraid to drill|
Posted by: Kocho on Apr-18-13 4:30 PM (EST)
Posted by: jackl on Apr-18-13 5:19 PM (EST)
I have them on both of my vehicles. it takes all of a few seconds to lift the rack out of the landing pads.
A short video of what it looks like|
Posted by: Kocho on Apr-18-13 5:24 PM (EST)
Sorry for the poor quality...
Posted by: pilotwingz on Apr-18-13 8:46 PM (EST)
I have old landing pads in tracks|
Posted by: FrankNC on Apr-18-13 9:34 PM (EST)
They don't have covers so the bolts show and the new covers do not fit them, but it is really just about one minute to put on the racks.
Warning about Yak Q-tower feet. |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-18-13 11:23 PM (EST)
The gummy transluscent feet for Yakima Q towers can easily fall off when you have them off the car and are carrying the racks around.
good point g2d .........|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Apr-19-13 8:37 PM (EST)
.... definately one of those things Q-Tower owners need to remember , also the need to remember key if you get the locks .
Traveller Soft Rack|
Posted by: Marshall on Apr-19-13 8:57 AM (EST)
This has been an option for some customers that have lease vehicles that don't want to attach a permanent rack.
Posted by: ppine on Apr-21-13 10:08 AM (EST)
With the demise of rain gutters, I bought a trailer and never looked back.
Posted by: timothy585 on Apr-27-13 2:57 PM (EST)
I decided on the Yakima Q towers and just installed them. Initial setup takes a little time, but now...literally less than 5 minutes to install or remove them. Works great!
Yup. These work great. Put a mark|
Posted by: Kocho on Apr-27-13 4:19 PM (EST)
Posted by: timothy585 on Apr-27-13 5:14 PM (EST)
Yep, that's exactly what I did. Thanks.