I rely on a cheap ebay set of dakine soft surfboard racks, modified with 2 wallymart 4' pool noodles.. thye have transported my 14' kayaks for 5 years on an '01 2dr Civic cpe. for many years and more recently on my '12 2dr Civic cpe.
I have made many hundreds of 2+ hour trips at highway speeds+ with not one problem. I do also have a bow and stern strap attached.
I can install the racks and load the kayak in about 15 or 20 minutes and be on the road. The only drawback is if it rains when you are driving the webbed straps wick a little water, which drips inside the car.
I've tried the yakima an thule racks, yes very expensive, and find it takes a good bit more time installing and removing the racks.
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