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Comments about Seattle Sports Sherpak Boat Roller:
I use this rig for an 18' hard-chine sea kayak. On a Honda Element, no way the side loader bars will work safely (I have a Yakima setup). This Sherpak device assists rear loading when your rear roof rack/saddle is too far from the back of the vehicle requiring you to rest the kayak on the back of the vehicle somewhere.
One modification I made was to add 3 rolls of (1.5" x 12.5 yards) athletic cloth tape, and wrap it to built up the sides of the cushions fashioning a V saddle -just keep wrapping til you use up that much tape. This guides my hard-chine hull, and provides a soft grip surface that controls the kayak's lateral slide. Personnally, for my boat, I was hesitant to use the loader as is.
The loader seems plenty strong, but I will inspect it frequently. The suction cups are extremely strong, tho you must clean the surfaces and be sure you have enough surface for the cup faces to fully cover.
I do run a safety rope from my rear hitch to the stern of the kayak to insure the kayak does not slide away from the vehicle as I'm setting up to lift the boat up; adds a lot of control.
This setup is ALOT cheaper than Yakima's Show Boat loader which really isn't that great of a design for all it does; especially if you have an antenna on the vehicle.
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