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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:08 pm 
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This has been a discussion item at times, and since I was loading my Tarpon 160 on top of the car I thought I would document it. (I mostly use a truck with a bed extender....)

First two pics are the starting position. Note the towel on the roof of the car. Also, these are Yakima bars with Hully Rollers on the rear.

Third pic - lift the bow and rest it on the towel.

Fourth pic - pick up the stern and push it forward.

Then strap it down and go! Yes, it is easier with two people, but it can be done by one.

Unloading is just the reverse. It is a bit heavy and a little clumsy, and the kayak wants to tip left or right, but plan your moves, don't strain, and get out of the way if it is going to fall!


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File comment: Starting position viewed from the rear, note the stern is in line with the racks.
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File comment: Intermediate position - bow lifted and leaning on roof.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:05 pm 
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Tadpole....Very nice pictorial of how to load a longer kayak solo.....

The towel and Hully Rollers really help to keep the kayak in position and moving forward in a straight line!!

I "try" to describe this technique to people at work, and now I have a resource for them to check out....Thanks!!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:26 pm 
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Yakima also makes a "tube within a tube" that slides out of the bar to give you an intermediate platform (you need it in both front and rear) that can help if you are loading on a sedan with a trunk. After you get the kayak onto the extended bars (basically cantilevered off the side of the car) you then need to move it sideways onto the saddles. It reduces the possibility of dropping the kayak on the car. In either case, a folding step stool is invaluable.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:53 pm 
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That should help some people visualize the task. One thing I might add that will assist some folks, is a short tether rope attached to your bumper tow hooks or trailer hitch if you have one. Hook it to the stern of yak before placing the bow on the roof. That will keep it from sliding back off as you walk back to lift the stern and push it on the racks.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:18 am 
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Yes, have had the kayak "take-off" many a times when it decided to slide back. A tether rope is a must!

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