Yakima HullRaiser Kayak Carrier

A great alternative to kayak saddles! The J-cradle design of the Yakima HullRaiser mount works with any kayak, supporting it on its side, which is generally stiffer than the bottom.
  • $129.00

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  • Accommodates most hull shapes; cradles and protects your kayak with soft pads
  • Because kayak is propped up on its side, it leaves more space on your crossbars for another kayak or other gear
  • Includes heavy-duty straps with padded buckles for secure transport
  • Fits round and square bars; fits most factory racks—just add Yakima MightyMounts (sold separately)
  • Includes straps with padded buckles and bow/stern tie-down straps

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Yakima HullRaiser Kayak Carrier

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Yakima HullRaiser Kayak Carrier

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Rated 1out of5
by fromDon't purchase if you have factory racks If you have factory roof racks, buy the AERO Hullraiser. The regular Hullraiser takes multiple additional kits to make it fit to racks that are not square or round. It also ends up costing more money. The AERO Hullraiser is easy to install and works wonders for factory racks.
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 2out of5
by fromGreat Racks - Horirible Load Straps I recently purchased two sets Yakima's Hull Raisers to transport a 12' Carolina and 12.5 Inuit kayaks, but be warned that the heavy duty load straps provided are horrible. Three of the provided straps would never securely tighten no matter what I tried. I tested the straps independently of the kayaks by locking one side of the strap into a vise and feeding the webbing through the buckle as normal. I was able to pull the strap backwards through the buckle with minimum of effort. I contacted Yakima and the representative said that they never heard of that problem and dismissed my concerns. [...] I would have given the racks 5 stars for quality, fit, and stability but without working load straps they are worthless. Furthermore, their customer service was unprofessional to say the least. [...]
Date published: 2011-09-12
Rated 4out of5
by fromKayak Rack - Does the job safely Works well on factory installed crossbars. Recommend to use tiedowns on the bow and stern to increase stability.
Date published: 2009-08-24
Rated 4out of5
by frombuy it! but junk the bow/stern tiedowns Put 2 sets of these on a Yakima rack- they hold our 12' and 10' kayaks really well. It is pretty easy for 2 people to load the boats on. With the round Yakima bars, they tend to rotate a little, but once the boat is on, they're solid (and they conform to the contours of the boat). It's a bit disconcerting, but doesn't seem to affect the performance of the product. Our major complaint is about the bow/stern tie-down straps- they're junk!! The teeth on them don't dig into the straps enough to stay solid and really tighten down the load. Consequently, they loosen up on the highway after 10-15 minutes. Please note that these are NOT the same ones that Yakima sells that get the good reviews. We were thinking about buying 2 sets of those to use in place of the ones that came with the Hullraisers. BUT, we've discovered that because we have Hullraisers far enough apart, the stability they provide is enough to not need the bow/stern tie-downs anyway- even at highway speeds.
Date published: 2010-04-20
Rated 4out of5
by fromA great product. I needed a rack system that would hold two kayaks. So I got two pairs of Hullraisers and love them! Once on, they look a little tall and your factory crossbars may rock a little, but once you get the boats on them they're great. I feel completely comfortable doing 65 mph with my 8' sit-on-top or my 16' touring kayak strapped on my roof, or both!
Date published: 2010-05-07
Rated 5out of5
by fromWorks very well I've driven hundreds of miles on Florida interstates and back roads with the HullRaiser and its works great. It's best for use on a car if you're paddling by yourself however, since getting the kayak up high enough at an angle that it will rest evenly on a SUV or truck is a challenge. It works so well on my Accord that I bought two so I can store the boats and my Thule Space Shuttle on my cross bars all at the same time.
Date published: 2008-03-01
Rated 5out of5
by fromSecure and Easy Easy to use and to set up. I have two and feel confident with both on top of the car while doing 70 down the interstate.
Date published: 2008-05-01
Rated 4out of5
by fromStraight forward and easy to use I like the HullRaiser a lot but the straps need to be more aerodynamic.
Date published: 2007-09-13

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