I have a 4-door Ford Focus (without factory roof-rack) like this one: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5a/2009_ford_focus_SES_sedan.JPG that I would like to put a roof rack on to transport 2 kayaks. The kayaks I have are the Old Town 10-Feet Vapor 10 Angler Recreational Fishing Kayak, seen here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RMFYD0/ref=wms_ohs_product_img?ie=UTF8&psc=1.
I just wanted to see if anyone has done this before or know if a double kayak would work and be safe. And if so, what the best way of going about it would be (products, etc.). I have seen quite a few Ford Focus hatchbacks (5-doors) with dual kayak racks, so I would think that I would be able to, but I wanted to get the opinion of someone who is familiar with this (I am not).
Any tips, tricks, general advice would be greatly appreciated for a rack noob. I've posted this in a couple places on the web hoping to get a few answers before I make my decision, so thanks for any help in advance!
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Fit info on Yakima and Thule sites|
Posted by: Celia on Mar-13-14 8:03 AM (EST)
bow and srern lines|
Posted by: rblturtle on Mar-13-14 8:24 AM (EST)
Any bar set up for your vehicle is going to have a short,front to back span. I would stromgly recomend bow and stern lines tied to the extreem front and rear of your vehicle-preferable criscrossed. This is in addition to the 2 bar holdown straps and brackets.This may seen excessive,but from my experience crosswind or vehicle turbulance can twist short span bar fastened boats easily.A friend of mine with a Focus learned this the hard way. Multiple boats compound the problem.Good luck.
first the base rack|
Posted by: dc9mm on Mar-13-14 12:08 PM (EST)