I need to know the best way to haul a kayak on a Prius. I have a 14' kayak. I am a 5' female. What accessories (type of bars, and other hardware), and techniques would be best (from the front, side, or back of the car, etc?)
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I have a Yaris, pretty close|
Posted by: remeny on Sep-28-13 10:39 PM (EST)
I have a four door Yaris, I use Yakima Q-Towers and I utilize the front tow hook which is located with the spare tire and screws into a hole located in the front bumper. You remove a plastic "plug" and it screws right in (for a front tie down). For the rear tie down I use the frames tie downs for shipping the car. They look like tabs hanging from the bottom of the car just in front of the rear bumper.
Posted by: FrankNC on Sep-28-13 11:07 PM (EST)
I think Yakima makes a rack to fit it. The best rig I saw on Prius was a friend's car with two J Cradles. I think they were Malone Cradles on a Yakima Rack.
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Posted by: Marshall on Sep-29-13 8:15 AM (EST)
Attach these to either Thule/Yakima. Allow for the slide 'em up approach from the back. Broad and supportive saddles that are about 1/3 $ less than Thule or Yakima options. Byo straps and tie downs. You will likely want to use a thick fuzzy rubber backed bath may to protect the trunk for the rear slide approach. This also gives you a nice comfy platform to stand in while changing out of your wet water shoes. Marco also makes the saddles to attach to factory racks.
In agree with Marchall|
Posted by: dc9mm on Sep-29-13 9:50 AM (EST)
Get some kind of slide the kayak up from the back. Or a Thule Hullavator. There is a women I sometimes go kayaking with that has the hullavator on here Prius car, so I know they make it for the Prius..
I have a prius - std model|
Posted by: rpg51 on Sep-29-13 7:02 PM (EST)
and I am trying to sort out what to do. I have used a pick up truck for paddling for years and I have a great rack that enable me to load my canoes and kayaks with ease but lifting only one end at a time. But, I am selling my truck. I had a Yakima rack on an old prius for a while with the Q clip system and cradles but it was very hard to take the rack on and off and I dented the roof pretty bad so I am reluctant to go that route with my new prius. I am thinking hard about whether to buy a new truck (lots of reasons to do that) or whether to buy a light trailer that will enable me to haul my kayaks and canoes without having the lift them over my head. Still thinking on it.
RPg use an Outrigger|
Posted by: Marshall on Sep-29-13 8:02 PM (EST)
Especially useful with the canoe. The outrigger is an extension bar that slides into the load bar. Extend it out, lift the bow of the canoe to set that half on the Outrigger, pick up the stern of the canoe and move it over onto the bars. Pull downward on the stern to lift the bow off the Outrigger and pivot it over onto the bars. Strap down and stow the Outrigger inside the load bar so you don't clean pedestrians off the sidewalk. Works with kayaks too but a bit more of a dance due to the spindle shape of the boat.
Posted by: tiger1964 on Oct-03-13 11:18 AM (EST)
"I utilize the front tow hook which is located with the spare tire and screws into a hole located in the front bumper."
I've carried 2 kayaks on a Prius|
Posted by: riverstrider on Sep-30-13 1:39 PM (EST)
I had a 2004 and currently have a 2009 Prius standard; we got Thule racks that have rubber adapters that fit into the "rail" on top of the car, and clips that grip underneath the roof line between the door and the roof. It is a solid set up. We have two sets of Thule j-racks that cradle the kayak, and the roofline seems to be short enough that my 5'1" wife can load and unlead the boats.
18 footer used to make it to-fro ponds|
Posted by: bigspencer on Oct-02-13 6:28 PM (EST)
light weight trailer works well|
Posted by: preachnpaddle on Oct-02-13 10:30 PM (EST)
I bought a used, light weight boat trailer and did some modifications to carry 2 kayaks. Pulls well with my 2010 Prius and the lift height is very low.
Recently paddled the Cass River with|
Posted by: shirlann on Oct-25-13 8:55 PM (EST)
our ladies group and the gal with the Prius changed from standard "J" racks to a Hullavator. She loves it as it's much easier for one who is pushing 70. After 12 years of kayaking, using saddles, then J racks, she went an easier way.
Kayaks on Prius|
Posted by: brodie on Nov-03-13 11:18 AM (EST)
I have a 2008 Prius and have transported everything from 11' rec boats and paddleboards to 17' sea kayaks and a 23' rowing shell. I can load all of these by myself on the car, i am 5'7" 120 lbs. cannot lift any boat over my head unassisted. Both Thule and Yakima make off the shelf racks to fit the car. I have a pair of Saris racks that I love but they are no longer made. Functionally they are the same as Thule or Yakima.
Posted by: jpc on Oct-25-13 9:02 PM (EST)
Put the prius in a Sequoia and put the yak on top of the Sequoia.
Only space for the Mini|
Posted by: Marshall on Oct-25-13 11:23 PM (EST)
Inside of a Land Cruiser. Helps cancel any gas efficiency in the family.
From yakima site|
Posted by: string on Oct-25-13 11:36 PM (EST)
Posted by: jimx200 on Oct-30-13 12:27 AM (EST)
could trade it in on a Volvo wagon...great haulers!
Kayaks on a Prius|
Posted by: kayaksmith on Nov-04-13 9:01 AM (EST)
I used Thule racks with tie downs under the hood. I found a couple of bolts under the hood, then used some loops of webbing. This is what it looked like. The Prius and kayaks did numerous trip form Maine to Florida without a problem.
Posted by: clutchless on Nov-11-13 3:05 PM (EST)
I pull a converted single jet ski trailer with my Lexus CT200h that has the 1.8 Prius engine. It is small, lightweight, holds 3 kayaks and only cost $100 on craiglist! I spent more for the hitch, adaptor and registration! The car pulls it with no problem for my local boating trips.