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    Posted: 06 Apr 2019 at 8:04pm
Ok, so I'm getting ready for a long adventure, and trying to figure out how to carry canoe and/or kayaks for me and my wife. I have a 14ft canoe and a sit-in kayak, she has a sit-on-top kayak as well as an inflatable. I will have a softopper (www.softopper.com) on the truck, and the only rack I can find that will fit with that is from US Rack Co, and I don't particularly like it because I can't fold my topper down with it installed. Enter the solution....folding kayaks!! https://foldupkayaks.com/

$650 for two of them, they weigh less than 30lbs each and will carry 350lbs, and can't sink!
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Saw that, but the website said they can't sink. I'll find out! 90 day return policy.
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Hi Jholler,

As a kayaker (who used to drive the sweetest little BMW convertible) I looked at these a lot before giving up and buying a vehicle that can do stuff. inflatables don't track well in any kind wind or current. Another option is these modular ones (that even allow you to make a single into a tandem.)  https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/85671?productId=1430334&attrValue_0=Yellow/Orange&pla1=0&mr:trackingCode=8267A872-8F21-E611-80ED-00505694403D&mr:referralID=NA&mr:device=c&mr:adType=plaonline&qs=3125172&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIntTxxoq94QIVU7nACh1beAubEAYYASABEgJNTfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds


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Their website was created by their salespeople. Remember, is he in sales? Is his mouth moving? Then...

My experience is, anybody who tells you a boat can't sink is just not telling you the truth. Even ones with lots of floatation (which these don't have) will swamp and might as well sink for all the good they do you. Be careful!

I have a Hobie Adventure Island (great boat) and carry it on the roof of my SUV. One of the benefits of an SUV over a pickup. Haven't tried to carry it while towing yet though. BTW, the Hobie AI has three hulls and it can still sink...
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I understand salespeople, my Father was one lol. I also understand small boats, I was a Marine infantryman many years and pounds ago. Believe me, it'll be "stress tested" before it's depended upon. Thanks for the suggestions! 
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I would use one rack on the cab and built a rack coming off the rear or front bumper to hold the other end.
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Yakima makes racks for the cab of your truck..
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That's actually the next plan if the folding boats disappoint. I have hope, though, it's an interesting design.
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If you are serious about looking into inflatables check out Advanced Elements. They are not plastic toys suitable only for children in a swimming pool. 

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