i just purchased an ultimate 16 and wondering about the best method for carrying on roof racks. i see lots of kayaks carried hull side down (like it were sitting in water) but seems like more stable and less wind resistance to invert it. also wouldn't collect rain. any thoughts about carrying it this way?
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roof rack hauling
Posted 04 January 2018 - 09:40 AM
I haul my U FX15 with the gunnels down. It is easy enough to remove the seats and I know the bars keep the hull from warping any that way.
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Posted 04 January 2018 - 05:42 PM
My question relates to loading before you get it up on the racks. I have an Ultimate tandem; what is the best way to load it? We normally lift it on and off from the side but are wondering(and hoping) if there is an easier way?!!!
Posted 05 January 2018 - 10:18 AM
Having two people loading it from the side is how I would do it. If there is only one person, I normally position the boat on the ground so it is diagonal to the back of the vehicle (SUV) With the front of the boat off to one side about at the back wheel and the stern centered to the back. Pick up the front and position it onto the back rack...then pick up the stern and slide it on forward, pushing the bow on over the front rack. If you are loading it by yourself onto a car, position the boat along the side of the car. Put a towel or clean cloth over the roof at the front rack. Pick up the front end of the boat and set it up against the side of the roof angled up over the front rack. Pushing against the boat to keep it there, make your way to the back and pick it up over your head, and slide the front up over the rack and then put the stern over the back rack. The towel is to keep the vehicle from getting scratched.
Posted 07 January 2018 - 11:58 AM
EDW, if you have some dough, check out the Yakima Showdown, Showboat, or Boatloader. There might also be some discontinued Yakima Hully Rollers available in stores. I've seen short women load their 16' kayaks by themselves easily with the HullyRollers.
Posted 17 January 2018 - 11:40 PM
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Posted 18 January 2018 - 08:50 AM
Any ideas if it’s ok to leave kayaks out in the elements? Will cold weather bother them?
Cold weather will not hurt the boat but it will make the plastic contract a good bit. Plastic contracts more than aluminum so you will find that your seat will not fit if you pull the seat out for storage. We recommend that you cut some 2x4s the width of the seat frame and press them down into the seat tracks to keep the hull 'spread out' at the seat points so the seat will align in the tracks when you go to use it again. It is also a good idea to wipe the hull down with some sort of UV protectant like 303 if you store it outside.
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