Cartop Fishing Kayak – Attaching Your W500 On Top Of Your Car Rack

“You don’t need a truck!” Gary says.
Well, he’s right, and furthermore, you don’t even need a special kayak rack, because it’s so easy to attach the W500 to any rack, from any maker.
And if you want to attach a pair of W kayaks to your car rack – no problem: You just lay them side by side, with the bottoms of their hulls facing each other, and use the same straps, bungees or ropes to attach them, and shown here, in a picture taken by Eric, our distributor in Norway: In comparison, some of the bigger fishing kayak models out there are so big and heavy (a.k.a. barges) that they require transporting with a trailer, since it’s almost impossible to car top them.
Other sit-in and SOT fishing kayaks don’t fit directly to your car rack, so to need to waste money on a special kayak rack that makes your car rack unusable for other purposes…

Gary Thorberg sent this picture of his car topped W500:

Fishing kayak attached to car rack

“You don’t need a truck!” Gary says.
Well, he’s right, and furthermore, you don’t even need a special kayak rack, because it’s so easy to attach the W500 to any rack, from any maker.
And if you want to attach a pair of W kayaks to your car rack – no problem: You just lay them side by side, with the bottoms of their hulls facing each other, and use the same straps, bungees or ropes to attach them, and shown here, in a picture taken by Eric from Norway:

2 fishing kayaks attached to a car top, with no kayak rack

In comparison, some of the bigger fishing kayak models out there are so big and heavy (a.k.a. barges) that they require transporting with a trailer, since it’s almost impossible to car top them.
Other sit-in and SOT fishing kayaks don’t fit directly to your car rack, so to need to waste money on a special kayak rack that makes your car rack unusable for other purposes…


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4 thoughts on “Cartop Fishing Kayak – Attaching Your W500 On Top Of Your Car Rack”

  1. Nice job showing how easy it is to transport the Wave Walk yaks.

    When I got my first W300, I owned a Rav4, and had no trouble transporting it on top.

    Tight lines and paddle safe all.
    Rox

  2. Gary,
    I have a Prius, too. I simply fold the seats down (after removing the passenger head rest), place a painting tarp on the seats and slide the W right in. I place a red flag on the end which ony sticks out about 18 inches and cinch down the hatch. I have been up to 65 mph with no problems. I have also used the Malone inflatable roof rack for the W which also works well, but I don’t have to empty the kayak of my gear when I just slide it into the back of the Prius. I do like the way you attached the tie downs in your picture and may borrow that technique in the future.
    Thanks, Chris

  3. Hi Chris,
    A W kayak stuffed in a Prius? Who would have believed!
    Maybe it’s possible for you to perform such a trick with your W300, but the W500 is 12 inches longer, which could prove to be a problem (well, perhaps not)…
    Yoav

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