Transporting sea kayaks

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Catoldfield
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Transporting sea kayaks

Post by Catoldfield » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:05 pm

Hi all,

Myself and three others are hoping to head to the Stockholm Archipelago from around 1 - 15th August. We are also planning to take bikes. Does anyone know if it is possible to get x4 sea kayaks on a roof rack of a car like you do with WW boats, and if it is possible please let me know how!
Also, any top tips for sea kayaking in Sweden in this region and during this time of year.
Thanks everyone!

Cat

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Re: Transporting sea kayaks

Post by Owen » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:17 pm

4 Sea kayaks is getting on for 100kg, what size car do you have?
How are you getting to Sweden?

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Re: Transporting sea kayaks

Post by Catoldfield » Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:31 pm

We have a Hyundai i40 estate, I know it will be a push, but just wondering if it is possible as used to put 4 ww boats on roof all the time. I'm assuming this will be a lot more difficult! Any ideas on roof racks? Thank you

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Re: Transporting sea kayaks

Post by Owen » Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:27 pm

The trouble is many roofracks are only rated at 50 or 75kg. You could try a van rack which tend to be stronger. Also, you might need to extend it out each side to get 4 boats on. You'll have to check if this is legal in Sweden and any other country you will be crossing, I'm not sure it's legal here actually. I'd use J - cradled with the boats on their sides. Whether you can actually fit 4 on will depend on what kayaks you have to a large extent. You'll also need to think about the effect 4 kayaks, 4 bikes, 4 people and 4 sets of baggage will have on your MPG. Might be easier and not much more expensive to take 2 cars, plus it will be more flexible.
Have you looked into hiring a trailer?

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Re: Transporting sea kayaks

Post by on the rocks » Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:43 pm

Take 2 cars, use the extra room to stock up on alcohol, which is very expensive in Sweden and only available at Government shops (beer is in supermarkets but limited to 3.5%)

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Re: Transporting sea kayaks

Post by Mrstratos61 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:18 pm

Check vehicle logbook. A max roof load should apply . Insurance could be invalid if over. I40 max of 75kg via Thule site

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Re: Transporting sea kayaks

Post by jet » Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:45 am

Alternatively rent whilst there. A quick google search came up with:

http://www.dalarokajak.se/hyra-kajak.asp?lang=eng

No idea if they are any good as never been there.

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Re: Transporting sea kayaks

Post by JB-NL » Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:38 pm

Hyundai I40 2017 can carry 100kgs on the roof..
Use thule with J bars, you might stand a change...for the kayaks...but what about equipment, gear, 4 people....?
Have a nice holiday😎

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