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“Hauling” a kayak on an FX

Although this topic does not specifically fall under the category of “towing”, I’m including a few pics of how I use my FX to haul an 18-foot kayak for those that might consider doing the same.

The factory crossbars are a little too close to securely support the 45lb boat, so I added a Thule Goalpost load bar with a trailer roller. This helps someone with a weak back (like myself) and also adds a tremendous amount of stability at highway speeds. Using two bowlines tied to the vehicle corners, a strap on the forward crossbar, and another on the Goalpost makes for a very secure package. Anything less than this results in a boat that moves around a lot in high wind conditions or when driving over 60mph.

I also have a set of Malone AutoLoader racks that props the kayak up on its side. Using these racks attached to a set of 58” bars from Yakima allows me to haul not only my kayak but also add my friend’s canoe that is 36” wide.
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That looks so sweet, I love the FX hauling stuff around, i want a kayak just to haul it around now.
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Nice job on the color matched Protective Body Side Moldings ... where'd ya get 'em and how much?



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I havven't carried my kayak on the FX yet, but on the Murano, I turned the boat upside down and used normal nylon rachet rigging to secure it to the crossbars. It never moved on me, even at 80 mph on the highway. I test it by pushing the kayak, and if the car moves, it's on securely. Tied down front and back, of course.

I may steal the idea of the Goalpost to keep from scratching the body of the car while loading and unloading, though...

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Hey PINTI-FX

The side moldings are from Sportwing, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio. You can check them out at http://www.sportwing.com. Cost was $129 + $10 for shipping.

Very good quality...
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Re: “Hauling” a kayak on an FX

Have you considered a kayak trailer? A friend of mine uses one and loves it. Easier to load, kayak stays on the trailer in the garage when not in use.
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