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Rhino-Rack Kayak Buying Guide

  • 08 December 2016
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Selecting the right Rhino-Rack Kayak Carrier for your type of Kayak and Vehicle will make your transition from land to water easier.

Kayak Secured to SUVNote: For all product suggestions, you will need existing roof racks or Rhino-Rack Roof Racks.

Weight considerations and Loading technique

When loading a kayak by yourself these considerations should be taken into account. Kayaks weighing above 15kg / 33lbs should be loaded from the rear. If the weight is above 25kg / 55.11lbs we recommend you should use a Rhino Universal Side Loader (#RUSL) or Rhino-Rack Kayak Loader (NKL). When loading your kayak/s please take into account that longer kayaks are easier to load from the rear and smaller kayaks are easier from the side. When deciding on your type of Rhino-Rack Kayak product please take into account the orientation you wish to let your kayak rest on i.e. do you want to load it on the side, on gunnels or on keel?

How many kayaks would you like to carry?

2 Kayaks
If you would like to transport two kayaks resting on their keels, side by side, then we recommend purchasing a pair of Nautic 581 Kayak Carriers (#581) to comfortably transport your kayaks. If your roof racks do not have a C-Channel to slot the 581 into then we recommend the Nautic 571 Kayak Carriers (#571). These have a U-bolt connection for simple fitment and the option of adding a Fitting Kit (#HD-FK1) for different sized crossbars. Or you can use a Rhino-Rack S512 Folding J Style Kayak Carrier (#S512) with the S512X Extension (#S512X).

3 Kayaks
To carry three kayaks on your roof there are a few options; A S512 Folding J Style Kayak Carrier (#S512) with the S512X Extension (#S512X) and a Nautic 581 Kayak Carrier (#581). This way you can carry two Kayaks on their side and one on its keel. It is important to consider the width of your vehicle’s roof and its load rating so that there is no damage to your vehicle or roof racks.

4 Kayaks
If you would like to transport four kayaks then we suggest utilizing two of the Rhino-Rack S512 Folding J Style Kayak Carriers (#S512) and S512X Extensions (#S512X) that enable you to carry up to 4 Kayaks on their side on your roof. It is important to consider the width of your vehicle’s roof and its load rating so that there is no damage to your vehicle or roof racks.

The options below are for a single kayak with a single keel.

Single KeelImage source: Malibukayaks

Sea Kayaks

The best Rhino-Rack product to transport your Sea Kayak is the Nautic 581 Kayak Carrier (#581). This option takes into account that Sea Kayaks are best loaded from the rear as they are generally longer than your vehicle and that the two rear cradles of the Nautic 581 are spring loaded and felt covered for ease of rear mounting. This carrying orientation perfectly nestles a sea kayak when the keel is facing down.
(Best fit is #581 – Will also work with #580, #571, #570)

Sea KayakImage source: Stellar Kayak & Surf Skis

Touring Kayaks

For a Touring Kayak, the Rhino-Rack S512 Folding J Style Kayak Carrier (#S512) is recommended. Easily load your Touring Kayak from the side of your vehicle by placing it into the ‘J Style’ cradles and strap down. The Folding J Style Kayak Carrier allows half of your roof to remain free for the luggage you’ll be taking touring or a second kayak added with the extension piece S512X (#S512X).
(Best fit is #S512 – Will also work with #S510, #580)

Touring kayakImage source: Canoe & Kayak

Sit on Top Kayaks

Sit On Top Kayaks are shallow in depth with a flatter keel. When this kayak weighs less than 15kg / 33lbs it can be loaded by a single person from the side of your vehicle. In this case, the Rhino-Rack S512 Folding J Style Kayak Carrier (#S512) is recommended. Easily load your Sit On Top Kayak from the side of your vehicle by placing it into the ‘J Style’ cradles and strapping down. The Folding J Style Kayak Carrier allows half of your roof to remain free for the luggage you’ll be taking touring or a second kayak added with the extension piece S512X (#S512X).
(Best fit is #S512 will also work with #S510, #570, #580, #571, #S520)

Sit on top kayakImage source: White Water Canoe Centre

Fishing Kayaks

Fishing Kayaks are wide in the middle and can have a rudder jutting from beneath. When mounting to your vehicle it is essential to load with gunnels down and keel up. The best way to protect your kayak safely through travel is with the Rhino-Rack Universal Wrap Pads (#RWP03). These will enable you to load your Fishing Kayak from either the rear or side of your vehicle and protect both your vehicle and kayak.
(Best fit is with #RWP03 and will also fit the #570 and #580)

Fishing kayakImage source: Native

Racing Kayaks

Racing Kayaks are slim in width and sharp at the nose and tail with a small guiding rudder. The Nautic 580 Kayak Carrier (#580) is your best bet when transporting your Racing Kayak. The four rubber pads make side loading, which is recommended, easy.
(Best fit is #580 and also fits #570)

Racing KayakImage source: Hody

Surf and Whitewater Kayak

Surf and Whitewater Kayaks are small and easy to handle making them simple to load from the side of your vehicle. Due to this. We recommend the S512 Folding J Style Kayak Carrier (#S512). The simple, effective design keeps your kayak secure and allows for more space on your rooftop for more kayaks or luggage.
(Best fit is #S512 and also fits #S520 and #580, #S510)

Surf/Whitewater kayakImage source: Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company

Canoe

If you’re traveling with a canoe we recommend the #RLH1 or #RLH2 Adjustable Canoe Holders. These effective carriers will lock your canoe in place so it doesn’t slide around during transit. Load the canoe from the rear by sliding it up and into place between the Adjustable Canoe Holders.
Can be fit with #RLH1 and #RLH2 for both Vortex and Heavy Duty bar types.

CanoeImage source: Elite Kayaks

Safety and law

Ensure you’re securing your kayak properly by tying off at the front and rear of longer loads. Additionally for longer loads you should have warning flags at the front and rear.

S512-Folding-Kayak-Carrier
Most products mentioned above come with 2 x 5.5m / 18ft Tie Down Straps and 2 x 3m / 9.8ft Covered Buckle Straps. The only ones that do not are the #RLH1, #RLH2 and #RWP03. These straps are essential for safely securing your kayaks. It is recommended that all kayaks be tied down both in the middle or belly of the vessel and at each end to stop any form of slippage. If you require anchor points at the front and rear these are available as parts #RAS, #RBAS, #RBAS1 and #RBAS2.

For the full range of Rhino-Rack Kayak Carriers, Loaders and Accessories see http://www.rhinorack.com.au/products/water

 

4 Comments

  1. GEOFF BRYANT

    Do you sell an adjustable bars to place on both roof racks from ground to enable my wife to load her kayak on her corolla hatch without having to dead lift from the ground?

    25/07/2017 01:21:38 PM Reply Report Abuse
  2. Russell Handyside

    To install Nautic 580 racks is it necessary to remove the rubber trim from the Vortex roof bars?

    01/05/2017 11:41:15 AM Reply Report Abuse
  3. Debbie Millard

    Hi - What system would I use to carry a kayak on a pioneer tray on a Landcruiser troopcarrier.

    01/04/2017 03:34:20 PM Reply Report Abuse
  4. Damian Wilson

    Cradle for fishing kayak (feel free lure 11.5

    19/12/2016 12:09:02 PM Reply Report Abuse

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