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    Hazardous Taerom's Avatar
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    Universal Cartop Carriers for kayaks?

    Anyone know anything about them? Good? Bad? Will the kayak slip off the roof? Here's a link to what I'm talking about...

    I really want a kayak, but the cost of a roof rack for my car would be just as much as the kayak itself. I'm looking at a decent kayak on craigslist (Old Town Dirigo 120) and it comes with a paddle and the foam cartop carriers. This would definitely simplify things for me if I didn't need to get a full blown yakima rack system.

    I drive a sedan with a sunroof (will the sunroof get in the way?)

    Thanks in advance for any input.


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    I'd probably get a better set of ratchet tie-downs that what is shown above. ^

    Would tightening them too much potentially damage the boat?

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    Used a Thule kayak rack with just the included blue nylon clincher straps for my windsurf boards for years.The kayak holder looks like a big U.
    Most bike dealers sell either Yakima or Thule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taerom View Post
    I'd probably get a better set of ratchet tie-downs that what is shown above. ^

    Would tightening them too much potentially damage the boat?
    I think you would be fine. If you don't use a rack, I would recommend bow and stern lines. These should be taut, but not overly so. I think ratchet tie-downs are overkill for this application.

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    Good? Bad? Indifferent? I have a Greenland II Folbot. I can pack it into 2 bags, put them in the trunk and leave the roof rack for bikes. Consider that option.
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