I am going to buy a Kayak soon and still have not settled on what type of car top carrier to get for my car. It is a Toyota Prius and has no rack to attach anything to so I need to buy something that sits on the roof to attach the Kayak to.
Also, the Prius has an aerial in the center so I'd like to be able to mount the Kayak on one side or the other.
I'm looking for suggestions for types/makes of racks that would suit my needs. Having it off to one side would also be a help if I want to carry more than one Kayak.
Any help would be appreciated.
Classic Freestanding Rack
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Fit Guides are Online|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-23-13 7:49 AM (EST)
Yakima has a fit guide with their web site as below, you'll find a similar application by Thule and others.
A cheaper, (but still good) alternative|
Posted by: adbass on Apr-23-13 11:16 AM (EST)
get yourself a shark fin antenna|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-23-13 8:43 AM (EST)
...for the antenna conflict:
Or just unscrew the antenna|
Posted by: adbass on Apr-23-13 10:33 AM (EST)
when traveling with the boats on the rack. (The radio will probably still work too, though reception will suffer)
that doesn't get me my commission!|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-23-13 11:01 AM (EST)
Sorry about that...|
Posted by: adbass on Apr-23-13 11:17 AM (EST)
Yakima Rails or Landing Pads|
Posted by: Kocho on Apr-23-13 10:15 AM (EST)
Posted by: Tarwheel on Apr-23-13 10:28 AM (EST)
You might want to consider Yakima Whispbars, which are designed to reduce wind noise and resistance. Much of the Prius' excellent gas mileage is due to its aerodynamic profile, and a roof rack will alter that. Roof racks are notorious for causing wind noise and reducing gas mileage. The downside to Whisbars is that they are more expensive, but the additional cost might be worthwhile if you value fuel economy and a quiet interior.
Posted by: Kocho on Apr-23-13 10:58 AM (EST)
The issue I have with square or oval bars on a car like the Prius is the curved roof line causes any attachments to be installed at an angle. On mine, if you look carefully and pause at the beginning of the video I posted above, you will see I got maybe 20 degree angle up in the rear and about as much down in the front. Unless the attachments can rotate on the bars, they would be at an angle too...
Many ways to do it|
Posted by: dc9mm on Apr-23-13 2:53 PM (EST)
One thing I wish I new before I bought my first setup was about the different types of kayak holders. Not so much about the base rack as there all very similar. Thule and Yakima are top brands. Now the kayak holders themselves. There are Jbar but they require you to pick up the kayak up over your head and set it down into the jbars from side of car. If you have a heavy kayak its not so easy after a long paddle.
Made a Decision.....I think?!|
Posted by: djlen on Apr-24-13 9:10 PM (EST)
I think I've solved the aerial question. I'm considering a Yakima rack where I can stack my kayak on it's side instead of flat. That way there should be plenty of room to avoid the aerial and also room if I decide to throw another boat or even two on top.