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Old 04-18-2012, 07:15 PM   #1
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Tie-down points for kayak...

I'm picking up a new kayak next week, and I really want to use tie-downs front and back when I'm on the road. I sure don't see any obvious points to tie off to, front or back. Has anyone dealt with this situation on their Focus?
The kayak will be riding on a Yakima roof rack, BTW...

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Old 04-19-2012, 07:58 AM   #2
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Hi Gary,

I think you'll have a very tough time finding a decent tie-down point on either end of the Focus, especially without risking damage to the finish.

I have hauled kayaks on many different types of cars using Thule and Yakima roof racks, and (aside from the first few times I hauled them) I have never used front and read tie-downs. Some of those trips included heading across state at 75+ MPH. It was a bit scary the first few times, but now I don't even think about it.

I should say that my boats are open water kayaks, so they lay flat on the roof rack, not on their sides.
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Gary,

I haven't used these before, but having the same dilemma thought I'd try these out:

http://www.discountramps.com/thule-tie-down-loops.htm

There are also variants that you can directly bolt under your hood or trunk, but I couldn't find a place to do so in the trunk. Waiting for my rack and the tie down loops to come in. Should be early next week.
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Tie downs

I carry two kayaks on a yakima rack. I took two nylon straps doubled them over and melted a hole in them, then bolted them to the bolt under the hood by the front headlight on both sides. When in use pull them out and shut hood , when done just put back under hood. In the back i use a webbing strap with a piece of thick hose that cant pull under the rear hatch. Works great.
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I carry two kayaks on a yakima rack. I took two nylon straps doubled them over and melted a hole in them, then bolted them to the bolt under the hood by the front headlight on both sides. When in use pull them out and shut hood , when done just put back under hood. In the back i use a webbing strap with a piece of thick hose that cant pull under the rear hatch. Works great.
I sure like, particularly, your solution, used for the front... If you pull the straps reasonably tight, then they should not chafe the edge of the hood. A possible enhancement is to add, locally a wee bit of vinyl electrical tape to the edge of the hood (on both sides of the car) just to be applied when using the straps... and then removed. Saves any potentional to chafing. You could do the same, at the rear.

At the rear, it would seem to me that the "bulky strap" trick would work best if placed close to the hatch's latch... what with the potential for the hatch itself to flex and allow the gap to be come wider, threatening pullout.
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Thanks for all the responses!

I'll be using the Yakima Bowdown kayak mount, which carries the kayak on its side.

I didn't find the Thule straps in stock anywhere, so I ordered a pair of these:
http://www.amazon.com/Sherpak-078115...5225657&sr=8-3

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Gary,

I actually got those as well. Also found the photos interesting; with tie downs on both sides of the hood (pic below). I finally got all the rack pieces in - and have the straps - hopefully can get everything mounted up this weekend.

What rack did you buy for your car?

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I bought the Yakima Bowdown kayak rack...
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I'm considering those also; what rack system are you bolting those up to? I finally opted for the Yakima Q towers primarily because of the boat loader. I've wrestled enough kayaks - this should make things a bit easier.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjDHxgA2BJI
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"I'm considering those also; what rack system are you bolting those up to?"
I'm using the Yakima Bowdown carrier on a Yakima Q tower rack.
Over the weekend, I took a 1,000 mile trip with the rack installed, with a Yakima RaocketBox 12 installed. Mileage and quietness suffered a bit, about as much as expected...
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