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I'm totally into kayaking/canoeing, and am wondering if any of you fellow E-owners are hauling your kayaks on your spankin' element. A few questions:

What do you use to mount your kayak to your E? Any of you NOT use the roof rack?

And I know that this is a bit off-topic, but what can you folks recommend as a cheaper-yet-nice kayak?

Thanks in advance for your replies.
 

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I'll bet Kayakin' Dan can help you.
 

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But I'm back now.
I haul two yaks on top of my E right now, on the stock bars. One's 17 ft and the other is 11.5 ft. with no problems in 3000 miles. I have a set of malone Autoloaders for the big boat with front and rear tie downs for just in case. It is a hand made wood and fiberglass boat after all! The play boat is plastic and I just strap it right to the bars. http://www.theautoloader.com Check them out - their picture of the week is an element.
Now if you're looking for a boat and you're a newbie to kayaking I can give you all kinds of help offline - E-mail me, or go to this site where there are thousands of opinionated fatheads, just like me: http://www.paddling.net/
 

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I thought the roof rack could only hold about 65 pounds. How do you get 2 kayaks up there? We have a kevlar tandem, but it weighs about 100 pounds. No problems handling the weight on the roof?
 

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I've had three on top with no problems. The warning on the rack actually says to not exceed 75lbs, but I've had a lot more than that up there. I think the warning is a rollover anti-litigation type warning, actually. I try to stay under 100lbs for extended trips. :roll:
 
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