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How do I use kayak carriers?

Be sure to consider both ease of loading and a secure fit when choosing kayak carriers. The elements necessary for a kayak carrier include:

  • Setting up: The base rack system includes the bars and tower pieces that attach to the roof of your car and form the foundation of most kayak carriers.
  • Loading in: The rack platform sits on top of the base system to hold the kayaks.
  • Tying down: After loading kayaks onto rooftop carriers, tie them down using the straps and buckles that come with most kayak carriers, or use your own straps.

When driving with kayak carriers, be sure that everything is secure before you hit the road, and check the kayak frequently while driving. Other tips for driving with a kayak: Try to stay in the center of your lane, and allow extra distance between your car and other vehicles to allow for the length of the kayak.

A more basic example is the Liberty Mountain Deluxe Cartop Kayak Carrier which is designed for use on roof racks with or without a bar system. The carrier system includes four bumper hooks, a 15-foot lash strap, two 15-foot tie-down straps, and two 14-inch blocks.

Yakima provides a host of more convenient options like the hullraiser, which provides a stable cradle for the boat to rest on while taking a minimum amount of space on your rack.

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