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    I'm having a rack built that will carrying 4 kayaks out of aluminum pipe that is 1.90 O.D.,I'm not a kayak expert and would like any thoughts on how to safely carry kayaks on it,how to pad it or something I can buy that kayakers would be happy with,everything I can find is made for smaller size pipe.Thanks for any input.

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    This guy transports yaks in the sound for a living: http://www.epicchartersalaska.com/About-Fera-Mare.htm

    You might contact Brooke. I am sure he can line you out on a good system. He and his wife run a top shelf outfit. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ACBMAN View Post
    I'm having a rack built that will carrying 4 kayaks out of aluminum pipe that is 1.90 O.D.,I'm not a kayak expert and would like any thoughts on how to safely carry kayaks on it,how to pad it or something I can buy that kayakers would be happy with,everything I can find is made for smaller size pipe.Thanks for any input.
    I'm fabricating a set of racks that will fit into the rod holders on a Grady White. 1.5" Al tubing. I'm going to slip pool noodles over the "U" shaped cradle to pad the 'yaks. If this won't work for for your rack, I'd investigate whether or not you could somehow hang the kayaks from 2" tubular webbing.

    Good luck,
    Scott

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    I built a rack out of 1.25" Anodized Alum Tube and Speed-Rail fittings. It made for a nice rack that is easily removed. I am going to thru bolt some of the fittings though. The speed rail fittings just have allen key set-screws to hold the tube in place. I found that after some banging around the set screw eats away some pipe and the rack loosens up.

    As far as transporting heavy loads on the rack...I haven't put anything heavy up there yet. I am looking for a car top storage box to mount on for light weight loose items. Foam pipe insulation can be used to pad the rack.

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    I'm trying to figure out a good way to mount two kayaks on the boat also. Last night what i did was just got the car top carrier foam blocks and put those on the roof of the cabin and put the kayaks on there and strapped them down. It was too much work though. Way too many ropes up there.

    I have a better idea though. My boat has a handrail that goes the entire length of the cabin on each side of the cabin. I thought of putting two pieces of stainless tubing from side to side of the cabin. Put one of the tubes more on the front of the boat and one in about the middle. Then place the kayaks across those tubes and and tie 'em down.

    And you could also put the car top carrior foam pieces around the rails becuase they do have a notch thats designed for rails. Or you could slide those "noodle" pool toys around the tubes for padding.

    Just an idea right now, and it might be too much work for what its worth. I'm just trying to figure out how to support the middle of the tubing without drilling something through the roof.


    If anybody has made a nice rack for kayaks, post pictures if you can. I'm sure it would be very helpful for me as well as others.

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