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- Joined: Fri May 08, 2015 11:43 pm
- Location: Gold Coast, Queensland. Australia
Just have to find its middle ballance point, strap the front to a forward tie point and if a little rear over hang just flag it.
If you've got troubles with lifting it safely get a strong arm or easy loader.
I haul a 10 foot slayer on mine and it’s not impossible but I didn’t even consider the stock rack to be an issue until after I had bought the car last summer. I had been looking around trying to figure out what my best option was when everything went to crap this spring so I’m just gonna suck it up for the forseeable future.
I specifically bought the outback for hauling a yak/my fishing rods, as I wanted some thing that was long and low and it’s one of the few wagons on the market. If it just had normal rails on it it would be perfect and hopefully someday I can get mine to that spot.
I'm in and out of the water a little bit faster than I thought I would be when I took the plunge. Once you get the procedure down you're never lifting the full weight of the kayak, just picking up one end at a time to get everything into position, and then sliding it on top. I have never felt overwhelmed by the weight/bulk of the 120 size (for reference I'm 6'1", 175 lbs, and in OK shape for early 30's).
Different config with J hook but still demonstrates boat loader mechanics: