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• HullRaiser Aero
• Bow/Stern Tiedown
• Mako Saddles
• Crossbar Pads
• Hully Rollers
However I will caution you that they do not fit every kayak well. have a Hobie Pursuit kayak as well, and the hull shape is not smooth and continuous. The saddles do not grip that different hull shape well. (I used the Yakima Bowdowns for that kayak, also worked well.)
The Hully Rollers put a serious and worrisome dent in my glass boats when I tighten the straps. To prevent this, before cinching the HR end I place one of those foam hull protector thingies between the hull and the rollers. When cinched really tight the boat seems safe from damage.
Good product. I'd buy them again if I didn't already have three sets. Beats the heck out of loading a long yak by yourself on those J Frame things.
No marring of the kayaks' finish (one is Trylon, the other FG). There is a soft plastic strip down the center of mine, perhaps the older models lacked this. If not, it's certainly easy to pad them with minicell or other anti-scuff pads. I see that as extra insurance and not a necessity.
Using the buckled strap and the sharkchuck strap makes for a clean, very secure cross tie. The saddle notches facilitate this.
My Matrix has a sunroof so I can observe the Mako saddles just slightly in front of the glass window. They do not move, bounce, vibrate or otherwise cause concern. I've had them on I-96 going 60-70 mph with a pretty good breeze coming out of the west.
The Makos are like a pair of soft flexible hands gently cupping the hull of my kayak. In good hands with Yakima? Hmmm, maybe so, but that slogan's already taken.
I researched all over about kayak carriers and was firmly convinced that Yakima Mako saddles would be the best (from customer reviews). I took the $200 plunge and bought the saddles from Marathon Sports in Toronto. At the time the sales lady was very helpful and convincing...obviously selling me on these saddles. Very excited I tried them out with my 17.5 ft boat. I was horrified after getting the boat secured and driving down my street that the boat was moving a good inch or so from the car/wind. I immediately called Yakima and Marathon, and basically was told that I'm stuck with these saddles. Both tried to pin this on my "improper" set up/use of the saddles, and would not allow me to exchange them for something else or return them. (I found it an absolute crock that I set them up incorrectly as I work at a canoe/kayak store and strap boats down on a regular basis.)
So the long and the short of things go with the Thule Hullaport instead - my boat didn't move a hair (even on the highway) and pass over Marathon. Their unhelpfulness and no return policy bites the big one.
But if it persists for Ron, I would scuff up the bar a little where the various brackets attach to it, or add a little double-sided tape. Then, it should work fine.
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