Composite Kayak Roof Rack - stackers

Discussion in 'Gear Talk' started by Water Horse, Apr 25, 2018.

  1. Water Horse

    Water Horse Paddler

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    Something in my memory suggests that putting composite kayaks on their sides using a stacker on a roof rack is a bad idea. Is that correct? However, I just did a search and can't find anything on that. My son wants to put his composite kayak on its side wtih a Malone Stax Pro2 so he can fit more kayaks on his trailer. Any concerns with that?

    Is that a good brand/model to go with?
     
  2. Peter-CKM

    Peter-CKM Paddler

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    I've seen it done all the time. Probably better to add foam blocks, pipe insulation, surf board pads, or the like on the cross bars. One guy I paddle with a lot also uses rectangles of foam (like cut up yoga mats or the like - like 1'x2' in size) to place between composite boats as they stack next to each other.
     
  3. Astoriadave

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    There are lots of readymade cradles that hold kayaks that way. If your "cradling system" strappage is bombproof, and will hold the boats in place if just one line/strap fails, should be fine. Somewhere in your system, you need to have a vertical post/pipe/two by four that is anchored to a crossbar to maintain a vertical stance, or the whole thing might "squash" and fail.

    I think if you make a multi-layer sandwich of foam and boats, securely strapped together, you could anchor the whole assembly to crossbars, and get away from the need for a vertical post/pipe ...