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Old 02-09-2020, 07:57 PM   #1
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Looking for used kayak and roof rack

We are looking to purchase a couple of kayaks and are looking at all options, new & used.
Also looking for a new/used rhino-rack that would fit our 2014 Ford F-150.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 02-09-2020, 08:25 PM   #2
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We carried two kayaks on Thule racks for several years and it was always a nerve-wracking mpg killing experience. Any time we heard anything weird we would stop and check the straps.

Last September we started out and they were making such a racket(forgot the pool noodle wrap) we dropped them off at a friend's house 30 miles from home.

We bought two Star Perception inflatables while on our trip to UT & CO. They are fantastic and it turns out we had a significant amount of wind mid- to late September in advance of the early snow there and so glad we did not have boats on the roof.
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Old 02-10-2020, 01:48 AM   #3
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Consider Point 65 Kayaks

I have a friend who bought Kayaks by Point 65. He is very happy with them. He had really nice high end fiberglass kayaks and hated putting them on the roof of his truck.

I had kayaks but hated hanging them is the garage above the Camaro. I sold them, too much trouble. I am considering buying 2 Point 65 solo's

These modular kayaks could fit is a 17B.



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Old 02-10-2020, 05:48 AM   #4
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I have 2 Old Town Adventurer 139s (13'9" long). I used to carry them using the Thule X Sporters (although I am sure Yakima has something similar). Very secure. Very easy to load of you if you can get into the truck bed. They hold up to about 450 pounds if needed. You can also put a cargo box up there if you want to. Handy for hauling lumber, ladders, etc. if needed.



My current truck has a cap on it and I am thinking about something more like this so that I won't need to carry 2 step ladders. I have "cap racks" on the cap already.

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Old 02-10-2020, 02:12 PM   #5
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Folding kayaks

We carry a foldable kayak, a Klepper brand (but also have a Folbot). We pack them in the back of the pickup and assemble them where we want to paddle. Assembling takes a half hour -- longer if folks are watching and asking questions. This approach works if we're parked for a few days in the same place.
It wouldn't work if you were moving every or every other day. It saves hoisting something on top of the pickup.

We took it to Baja last fall and really enjoyed having the boat.
We camped out of the truck last fall and came back and have a 17A on order.
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Old 02-10-2020, 06:05 PM   #6
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We have two folding kayaks the origami one (cant remember the name) sold my other kayaks and roof rack because i was tired loading unloading etc
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Old 02-11-2020, 08:44 AM   #7
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We are looking to purchase a couple of kayaks and are looking at all options, new & used.
Also looking for a new/used rhino-rack that would fit our 2014 Ford F-150.

Any help would be appreciated.

Fred M.
I have a Feathercraft kayak that I will be selling this spring. It is 13.5 ft long , was made in B.C. and is a modern take apart kayak. I love the boat and it works very well but am changing to a light weight canoe instead. It has similar plusses and minuses to the folks with the klepper. $750 plus shipping.
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Old 02-11-2020, 04:53 PM   #8
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We bought a couple Pelican kayaks from Costco in Canada last year that came with paddles. It seems Costco Canada puts the $399 kayaks on sale for $325 in March/April each year. We used them for a year an absolutely love them!

We opted for a Yakima Overhaul HD bed rack system from etrailer based primarily on appearance. We installed the rack on the first day of an over 5,000km road trip and never once worried about the kayaks. The set up looks pretty aerodynamic but I dont know what impact was on fuel economy. Would be pretty hard for the truck to drink more than it already does towing the escape!

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Old 02-11-2020, 10:42 PM   #9
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We have 2 Advanced Frame inflatable kayaks. They are very high quality, set up quickly and fold up to the size of a large suitcase. With the "whalebone", we have done class III water with no problems. https://www.advancedelements.com/day...-kayak-ae1012/
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We bought a couple Pelican kayaks from Costco in Canada last year that came with paddles. It seems Costco Canada puts the $399 kayaks on sale for $325 in March/April each year. We used them for a year an absolutely love them!

We opted for a Yakima Overhaul HD bed rack system from etrailer based primarily on appearance. We installed the rack on the first day of an over 5,000km road trip and never once worried about the kayaks. The set up looks pretty aerodynamic but I dont know what impact was on fuel economy. Would be pretty hard for the truck to drink more than it already does towing the escape!

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Old 02-12-2020, 12:03 PM   #11
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We have a quiver of boats.
1. Folding/inflatable Feathercraft tandem "sit on top" style. They say it takes 20 minutes to put together but it always takes me 45 + numerous cuss words. Also you have to dry it out when done, so more hassle there. But it fits in a bag the size of a very large suitcase - and it's super stable and actually pretty fast.
2. Hobie tandem with a peddle drive. Although wide, stable, and comfy, it goes like stink thanks to the peddle drive, especially vs wind. Speaking of wind, we also have a sail for it. My wife and 1 kid typically take this one while I take the Feathercraft with another kid. It's very heavy and a bit of a pain to put on the roof, plus all the seats and drives have to be taken off/put on. Not really suitable for anything shallower than about 2'.
3. Old Town Canoe 18'. Very fast and carries a lot of load, but takes some skill and experience - doesn't have the initial stability of the kayaks as it is a cruising style.

For general putzing around in a lake or large river I think the Hobies are probably the best. They aren't really the thing for sea kayaking or white water though, and are a bit more trouble to load and unload.
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Old 02-12-2020, 08:48 PM   #12
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We sold our Jackson kayak since it was a hassle to load and carry camping. We narrowed down our search to the Sea Eagle 370 inflatable. You can kayak solo or tandem. Fits into a 35lb bag which you can throw into vehicle.
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Old 02-19-2020, 07:57 PM   #13
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Thanks everyone for your inputs. So many options to choose from.

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Old 02-22-2020, 07:21 AM   #14
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Kayak Canoe

Hey Fred,

This is our setup. We have a Mad River Adventure 16 Canoe, we carry it on top for our Leer Fiberglass Cap with a Yakima rack. With the Escape it actually helps the gas mileage a bit.
I have a picture but can't figure out how to attach it.
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Old 02-22-2020, 07:27 AM   #15
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I think I figured it out using my phone. 58411663868__C739AB0A-2C69-4BC7-A5B7-3E61F7885AC9.jpg
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Old 02-22-2020, 09:55 PM   #16
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I think I figured it out using my phone.
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Old 02-28-2020, 02:50 PM   #17
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I have a Sea Eagle Fastrack 385 pro, that I bought last year. It's a very high quality inflatable. I like it a lot, I just don't use it like I thought I would. It will be for sale this spring.
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Old 02-28-2020, 04:42 PM   #18
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Acquaglide Chelan inflatable

Sold our 2 hard shell individual kayaks and bought this 2 1/2 person inflatable. We wanted a tandem and didn't like driving with the kayaks over the roof.

It sets up pretty quickly but washing and drying it when we arrive home takes a while. We love it on the water and especially since our large dogs can ride with us. It is very stable and tracks well with the SUP style high pressure floor and rudder.

We carry it in the back of our Jeep Grand Cherokee.
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