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Transporting new Outback
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Author:  ronrbaker [ Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Transporting new Outback

I’ve had three Outbacks, and all my long distance transport has been with gunwales down. For short distances I use mako saddles (gunwales up). On long trips (interstates) I’ve never seen an Outback on a vehicle with gunwales up. All the kayak loaders I’ve seen are designed for loading with gunwales up. Big surprise, I plan to get a 2019 Outback. Has anyone heard of any recent developments or have any experience that would feasibly permit long distance transport with the gunwales up. Thanks

Author:  Dr.SteelheadCatcher [ Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:42 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Transporting new Outback

I see no issue using the Mako saddles. I had this same set up on my 2007 Subaru and my 2010 Hobie Outback.
I also bought the Yakima "show boat rear roller" to protect the rear hatch spoiler while loading. It worked very well.

Make sure the Hobie Outback is not over tightened to the Mako saddles/crossbars. That will prevent any possibility of hull deformation in the hot sun.
I used both a bow and stern safety line for additional security at highway speeds.
The bow line was fed through a 2' long pool noodle to protect the hood.

This is an older photo (7 years ago with a 8.5# Steelhead size trout) and you can see part of the Yakima equipment.

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