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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simply: It works 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.
Date published: 2013-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One man loader I've used this roller several times and I am getting better at using it. It is much better than loading from the side. You just have to take it off right after loading as it loses suction and will fall off after a few minutes.
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sherpak Boat Roller Seems like a good idea, but I found it too flimsy for my 70 lb kayak. It didn't break but deformed enough to give me pause.
Date published: 2016-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Making kayaking easier Wanted to buy a new kayak and was hesitant as I wasn't sure I could get it on the car myself. I didn't want to send spennd hundreds on a rack system and a hydraulic kayak lifter my new roller works well, helps me get the kayak stabilized and safely on top of the car and I'm good to go
Date published: 2017-09-22
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Questions & Answers

Anyone know if this will work just as well with a SUP?

Asked by: Charlene
This does work for SUPs as well.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-25

I have a Ford Expedition and am considering this for loading my 75lbs SUP/YAK boat. The tailgate window is vertical so I have concerns the suction will hold the weight while loading. Will this also form a solid bond to the flat roof of the SUV? Thanks!

Asked by: Bigbreakfast4
​This item is designed for use on your windshield or your vehicle's roof.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-24

I have space consideration, what diameter are the suction cups?

Asked by: soggy in seattle
The suction cup diameter is 4.5 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-04

will you send to Australia where I now live. I was one of the original members when your store in Seattle opened.

Asked by: allencb
The Sherpak Boat Roller can be shipped to Australia. The link below will provide additional information for international shipping.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

How high is from the bottom of the suckume To the top of the rollers cups to the top of the rollers.thank you

Asked by: John mc
The boat roller stands 6.75 inches upright on the roof of the vehicle, and 2.75 inches when the roller bar is laying down (at 90 degrees).
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-22
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