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I just bought a 2010 4dr Wrangler unlimited with freedom top. I would like to learn to do a little recreational kayaking and have bought a 10' used kayak from a friend to get started. I did NOT realize it would be such a big deal to figure out how to load and haul it. I am short, have some neck and back issues and will always be loading it by myself. I think I have some options figured out for loading it on my own BUT everything involves a rack as I do not have the room or money to deal with a trailer. I cannot see any options other than drilling into my new hardtop - am I missing something? I see some very expensive cargo racks that bolt to the bumper/windshield area but it seems to me that it would make it hard to take the top(s) off with it on? And I see some really expensive ones that tilt down but again they look difficult to manage on your own. Sheesh maybe I should not even attempt this but I own a little kayak now and I want to use it!! Suggestions??
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^^Hang on to your wallet on that solution! A friend of mine has the hullavator...a totally awesome product. Prepare to drill into your top though or buy a rack system.
 

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^^ plastic ones (most kayaks) weigh in at about 50 lbs.
 

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^^ plastic ones (most kayaks) weigh in at about 50 lbs.
Im thinking of getting a kayak one of the main reasons I might buy the congo cage. Any buying tips? Im most likely going to be using it for trips down the river (very calm) and adventures on some of the smaller lakes up north that dont allow motorized boats.
 

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Im thinking of getting a kayak one of the main reasons I might buy the congo cage. Any buying tips? Im most likely going to be using it for trips down the river (very calm) and adventures on some of the smaller lakes up north that dont allow motorized boats.
Get a longer kayak, they're better suited to calm waters. I have a 17' and I bought my girlfriend a 14'. Hers is a little wider, so it's more roll-stable, but my narrower and longer boat is faster and plows through light chop easier. Its length also gives it a straighter track.

Actually, since this is off topic, feel free to send me a PM. I can try to help. :)
 

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I don't have any racks attached to my 2007 JK 4dr as I use a Malone Trailer to haul my 2 Native Manta Rays and my 1 Hurricane Phoenix 140. All three kayaks are SOTs and are at least 14'.

I have debated whether i would buy a rack but i am curious about the wind noise? Can anyone provide some insight on that concern.

(Tiki Tim) Also curious what is the "Gobi" priced at?
 

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Get a longer kayak, they're better suited to calm waters. I have a 17' and I bought my girlfriend a 14'. Hers is a little wider, so it's more roll-stable, but my narrower and longer boat is faster and plows through light chop easier. Its length also gives it a straighter track.

Actually, since this is off topic, feel free to send me a PM. I can try to help. :)
Sorry, before 7am my brain is still off. Mine is a 14' and hers is a 12'. :doh:
 

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I have a trailer that I plan to use mainly because the days that are great for kayaking are also usually built for having the top down. I'm not wild about the idea of being dripped on all the way home
 

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Well it appears that whether I want to spend money on the automated lift system or just some rollers I still have to drill into the hardtop correct? And the only other options are something like the Gobi or Congo cage, or a trailer which is even more trouble for me to deal with on my own, unhook, store when it won't fit into my backyard etc...I was just hoping there was an alternative to getting a rack system other than the drilling.

So for those of you with the Gobi/Congo type racks, then what do you do when you want to take your top off, either the front dual panels or the whole back? You have to take the cage off or it looks like it tilts back? How manageable is that going to be for a small lady to accomplish either, maybe just as hard or harder than trying to lift it onto rollers?

Is there a short lady out there who is doing this by herself in a new Jeep - would love to hear from you!!
 

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I would recommend that you take a quick look at the Malone or Yakima trailers as they do break down and can be easily stored in the garage. I chose the Malone as I found it on Ebay for $305 (brand new) and it typically runs in excess of $1300. I would have chosen the Yakima Rack and Roll as it is aluminum and the wheels fold inward with the use of a couple of pins. It also uses shocks on the back which is nice. Take a look at Yakima's website and there is a short video of how the trailer breaks down. The only downfall is the price tag!
 

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I have the sports rig micro trailer and it is the bomb. I got the super deluxe with all the accessories and the extended tongue for my 16 foot long ocean touring kayak. But....hang onto your wallet! I find it nice to use around town when going out for a short jaunt. When I go camping for weeks at a time, I put the kayaks on the congo cage and pull a utility trailer with all my camping and fun gear in the trailer. Jeep occupants sit in comfort because the inside is not jammed up with stuff.

My other three kayaks are two twelve foot and one ten foot flat water kayaks made by old town. They have fairly open cockpits and are wide as far as kayaks go. My son had one of the twelve footers out with me on my touring kayak on Mooshead Lake in Maine in a 30 knot blow digging through white caps for about an hour and a half. Both of us with spray skirts on. The old town was not the desired kayak for that situation but did admirably. So, even though it is a flat water kayak, with a skirt can be used in roughed up flat water.

Regarding the congo cage rack, I bolted it onto a stock jeep. Its supports are firmly anchored. The rear held onto the bumper mounting bolt point by use of extended bolts and a bracket supplied with the rack. The front is mounted to the windshield bolts by use of hardware supplied. It is rock solid. It will handle anything I'll probably throw at it and I tend to be a heavy traveler if you get my meaning. Translate: I usually bring the kitchen sink AND the bathroom sink. The jeep is my fun toy and that is why I have so many accessories for it, and I have plans for more more more. It just takes time to collect the stuff. Next summer I plan on being on the road a lot to various places in the north east. Whatever you get, that is half the fun: outfitting; the other half is the getting out into the great outdoors.
 

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Take a second look at the Harbor Freight trailer kits for $300. Easy to store and practical for picking up lumber, etc. My wife was power shopping and there was no room for the stuff, so I bought the HF trailer and towed it from San Diego to Durango without any problems.
 

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I`m in the process of putting a rack together. No kayak yet, but i`m hoping to get a hobie. First i added a light bar that wraps around the windshield. The mounts for the lights i can use to mount mabey a saddle. Next i put a slip hitch on the front and got an ajustable "T" bar to match the height of the light bar. I also have a "T" bar for the back hitch. hope you get the idea.
 
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