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Thule Hull-a-Port Kayak Carrier

    Thule Hull-a-Port Kayak Carrier

    Thule Hull-a-Port kayak carrier has J-shape cradles for easy loading and transporting. See details

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    Item # 838970

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    Thule Hull-a-Port kayak carrier has J-shape cradles for easy loading and transporting.

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    Thule Hull-a-Port kayak carrier has J-shape cradles for easy loading and transporting.

    • Custom mounting hardware fits Thule bars, round bars and most aftermarket and factory installed racks
    • Designed to fit kayaks up to 34 in. wide and 75 lbs.
    • Carrier features adjustable padding to gently cradle and protect your boat
    • Angled design allows more room for other boats or other carriers on cross bars
    • Includes all ratchets, straps, ropes and hooks needed for securing and transporting 1 kayak

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    Made in USA.

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    Thule Hull-a-Port Kayak Carrier Specs
    Best use
    11 pounds

    Thule Hull-a-Port Kayak Carrier

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    Thule Hull-a-Port Kayak Carrieris rated3.75out of5by8.
    Rated4out of5byfromGood system; bad illustration in manualI needed to go to a J-cradle type system for my new car, so I got these to replace my Mako saddles. These work well; the only thing I don't like about them is they are a little wiggly on my Subaru Outback factory crossbars, becase the concave cut of the rubber blocks that touch the crossbar is somewhat unstable - they want to slide foward or back. Once I tighten the wingnuts down *as hard as I can* it's stable enough, but that's hard to do while reaching upward from underneath the mount. But it's workable. The other thing I wanted to say was, to the two reviewers here who complained about trouble with tying the kayak down - yes, the manual is wrong. Illustration 5A is indeed quite wrong - the loop they show the strap going thru doesn't exist on this rack. But I think anyone with a modicum of mechanical aptitude will quickly see that running the strap down, under the crossbar, and back up again makes for an extremely secure solution. So if you have zero mechanical aptitude, perhaps this rack is not for you.
    Date published: 2013-09-15
    Rated4out of5byfromGreat Kayak CarrierI really like this product with the use of carrying my kayak to my lake house. Before I had it, I had to shove my kayak into my little station wagon and strap it with bungee cords. The only problem I had with the product was that the instructions were not very clear. I had to research a youtube video on my phone to understand one part of the instructions because the instructions try to tell you how to put it on multiple cars.
    Date published: 2013-09-04
    Rated2out of5byfromback to the drawing boardWe purchased two Hull-a-Port Thule carriers to transport two 16 ft kayaks on our Toyota Matrix. The products were well constructed and mounted easily on our Thule crossbars. The boats rode well, but we were very surprised to learn that there was no obvious way to easily secure a boat to the frame of the carrier. Upon contacting REI, thinking we were either missing a piece or not understanding directions, we were told "you just have to figure out the best place to tie the straps...". Given the cost of the equipment it seemed that jerry-rigging the tie-down should not have been necessary. This one needs to go back to the Thule drawing board. We returned the carriers after one use.
    Date published: 2013-08-25
    Rated1out of5byfromInstructions incorrect, support uselessThe installation instructions are completely wrong. Image 5A which details how to strap the kayak down shows an image of a completely different system. Thule support is impossible to reach by phone and email response is just "the instructions should be correct - call the help line". Download the installation instructions online before purchasing and you will see what I mean.
    Date published: 2013-08-13
    Rated5out of5byfromThis product eased my mindWe decided to transport two 8-foot kayaks on a recent vacation, covering over 1000 miles roundtrip, some at high speeds. I had high anxiety about transporting the kayaks, hoping they wouldn't blow off the top of the van. The Hull-a-Port was the solution and removed my fear. We purchased two sets of Hull-a-Ports, and both did the job perfectly. They were easy to install and securing the kayaks was a snap. We checked the straps and bolts along the way and only had to tighten the bolts slightly. The kayaks did not sustain any damage while being strapped. We are very happy with the performance and won't hesitate to use them on our next trip.
    Date published: 2013-07-01
    Rated5out of5byfromCouldn't have asked for a better carrierUsed three of these on my Yakima Rack and Roll trailer for a family trip to Prescot, AZ (camping, biking and kayaking). The trailer had two bikes and 3 Ocean Kayaks (2 Malibu 2XLs and 1 Venus 11). I was concerned about shifting and loosening, but they didn't budge. I recommend the Yakima Bow & Stern tie downs with these. Honestly, I checked the kayaks at each stop, but didn't need to adjust anything! I also recommend the trailer if you're 5' 5" like me and have a 5' 2" spouse (makes it an easy load/unload). Again, these performed as advertised, and then some.
    Date published: 2013-06-19
    Rated4out of5byfromKayak Storage SystemThe first time use went great. The kayaks we stable even with gusty winds up to 20 to 30mph. I feel confident to travel with 2 kayaks on the SUV with these systems. The only draw back is that it is easier to take off my rack system then it is to take off the kayak mounts from my rack. If you have the extra $50, buy the folding model. It will look better and have less drag and noise when not in use. overall, it was a great purchase.
    Date published: 2013-05-20
    Rated5out of5byfromWorks great for our kayaksWe have two wilderness kayaks, and have two sets of these. It fits great on my thule rack on our VW Touareg. We recently took a 350 mile trip with 35 mph side winds, and we were driving around 80 mph. The boats were kept solidly on the roof.
    Date published: 2013-01-31

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