I recently purchased a Hobie Adventure Island and am wondering what roof rack would be best. I drive a Toyota Prius and am leaning toward either a Hullavator or a Thule Slipstream kayak carrier:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsjDL8Y7MtM
My main concern is the amas. How do you transport them? Would it be better to retract them to the sides of the kayak body and then place the boat in the Slipstream saddles, leave them spread them out or remove them and try to transport them in a J-Style kayak rack adjacent to the Slipstream saddles?
Thanks in advance,
I've had a Hobie (Oasis) come off my car at 90km/h which was on Thule racks including a Thule Slipstream. The problem was partly the suitability of the racks for my car (Alfa Romeo). The Thule racks (foot specifically) have since been taken off the market for my model car.
What happened was the Racks/Slipsteam and Oasis all left the car attached to each other (minus the car).
My opinion after loading it a few times and worrying about the extreme flex was that the Slipstream is too light weight for a plastic boat. At speed and a bit of wind under the hull which points up, the boat get's the bounces on the light weight Slipstream and eventually something gives.....which were the feet attaching everything to the roof. It's just a constant jiggling with the weight rather than a firm hold.
I think the Slipstream is aimed at the light weight kayak market.