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Z3 & Kayak?

Post by TAV » Thu 05 Jul, 2012 20:01

Ok, so I need to transport a light weight Kayak 3 miles to and from the coast occasionally.

My Z3 is my only mode of transport atm. I know its probably a ridiculous question, but is there some way of mounting it safely (and legally) on a Z3?
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Re: Z3 & Kayak?

Post by TAV » Thu 05 Jul, 2012 21:12

lol! Yeah, i bet thats cheap!

I was thinking maybe strapped to a suction luggage frame on boot lid with foam block attached to add height, and roof down with Kayak laying on foam pad on top of windscreen frame (passenger side), Held down with straps attached to both wing mirrors. I guess it would point up a bit, but technically it would be stable.

hmmm...... :lol:
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Re: Z3 & Kayak?

Post by 6 pot roadster » Thu 05 Jul, 2012 22:36

I'm seeing a frame front and rear to support the kaayak, resting on pads on the boot and bonnet. Lots of mither and nowhere to carry the paddle.

But for 3 miles I'm also seeing one of those dollies with a pair of wheels you fit to the end of a kayak for portage.

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Post by TAV » Sat 07 Jul, 2012 19:51

Well, I found these inflatable roof rack bars which loop through under the roof. The Zeds cross bars make the roof very ridgid, so Im hoping I can do something like this.

Just need to secure the rear (and possibly front). The kayak its self is very lite.

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Re: Z3 & Kayak?

Post by Julie Z3 » Sun 08 Jul, 2012 10:56

However you end up carrying the Kayak....................don't strap anything to the mirrors :joker:

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Re: Z3 & Kayak?

Post by Robert T » Sun 08 Jul, 2012 13:00

How about an inflatable kayak? :D

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Re: Z3 & Kayak?

Post by TAV » Sun 08 Jul, 2012 18:47

Robert T wrote:How about an inflatable kayak? :D

Cheers R.
Well, I did look into those, but even the expensive ones aren't very good. When you are 6"1 and weigh 16.2st, they tend to bend in the middle, and tbh are rubbish. :lol:
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Re: Z3 & Kayak?

Post by simiewimie » Wed 15 Aug, 2012 12:14

Hi TAV,

I'm just about to purchase a kayak and have been wondering the same thing.
When possible I will use our Ford Kuga and roofbars, but did wonder if there was a way to somehow transport it (literally a mile) safely and securely down the road to the river if my wife happens to be out in the big car.
Did you find a solution?

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Re: Z3 & Kayak?

Post by TAV » Wed 15 Aug, 2012 12:27

simiewimie wrote:Hi TAV,

I'm just about to purchase a kayak and have been wondering the same thing.
When possible I will use our Ford Kuga and roofbars, but did wonder if there was a way to somehow transport it (literally a mile) safely and securely down the road to the river if my wife happens to be out in the big car.
Did you find a solution?

Hi.

Yes, I did pretty much what is shown in the pic above. I bought an inflatable 'Handirack' roof rack system. (Can hold up to 80kg). It says not really suitable for convertables, but the Z3's roof is very strong. I attached the 2 racks, pumped them up, and was able to lay across the roof quite happily (i'm 16.2 stone). I made 2 adjustable cords at front and rear, which helped keep kayak from swaying at all.

I drove 3 miles to beach (no faster than 30mph). Even over pot holes and moderate wind, the Kayak felt very secure. A police car drove past me and didn't bat an eyelid. I think even if they did stop and test it, thwy would be happy it was secure.

My Kayak is 12ft long. I would think anything longer would start to get a little more worrying tbh.
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Re: Z3 & Kayak?

Post by simiewimie » Wed 15 Aug, 2012 19:50

Brilliant. I'll take a look in to that then.
I'd love to see some pics of the set up if you get a chance.
:)

Thanks again TAV.

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Re: Z3 & Kayak?

Post by 6 pot roadster » Thu 16 Aug, 2012 23:34

OoH, OH, OH.....

I should have thought of this one earlier, Doh...

Get a feathercraft, they are a bit tippy out at sea, but are collapsible not inflatable.

I'm 6'2" and was 15st when I last used one

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Re: Z3 & Kayak?

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Re: Z3 & Kayak?

Post by seasurfer » Fri 17 Aug, 2012 22:10

Hi, I have the ocean frenzy but far too heavy for the zed, but i bought a sevylor canyon inflatable which is very strong and would fit in the passenger seat in its bag.
Have you any photos of your zed carrying the kayak :)
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Re: Z3 & Kayak?

Post by TAV » Fri 17 Aug, 2012 23:23

I have the Perception Carolina 12. It weighs approx 23kg. Roof is easily strong enough. As I said, I am 16.2 st and could quite happily lay across roof with inflatable rack on.

I will take a pic next time I take it out.
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Re: Z3 & Kayak?

Post by TAV » Thu 24 Apr, 2014 18:53

Forgot, I never posted a pic.

Heres the 12ft Kayak on my Z using the inflatable Handyrack system. (Front and back Guide ropes not in pic)

Stable as a rock (Although you do get a few funny looks!)



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Re: Z3 & Kayak?

Post by Davejue1 » Thu 24 Apr, 2014 18:59

Brilliant, just shows how versatile these little cars are! :)

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Post by Rocketbike » Thu 24 Apr, 2014 21:38

Brilliant
Theres usally a cheap and stylish way to get around something if you think about it. I bet a few people on here will be using these in the future :)

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Post by David » Thu 24 Apr, 2014 21:45

Rocketbike wrote:Brilliant
Theres usally a cheap and stylish way to get around something if you think about it. I bet a few people on here will be using these in the future :)
Are you referring to kayaks or inflatable roof racks? :D


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Post by akirk » Thu 24 Apr, 2014 21:50

It is the ultimate reversible car - hit floods and just flip! :)

I have the rack on the back of mine, so I suspect from rack to windscreen frame would work with the hood down (assuming no pasenger) - however plenty of 4x4s and estates here, so not needed to yet...
like the ingenuity...

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Post by RichP » Tue 06 May, 2014 21:38

I've just been looking to solve this exact problem, and I find this thread from last week on none other but Z roadster. I'm off to do the lottery!

Anyway, thanks for posting pics, I was considering whether to buy inflatable racks to give it a go, and was highly doubtful of how it would work, but my question is answered. And i only have a little playboat kayak to worry about.

Does the rear strap inside the car interfere with where your head should be? I have my seat quite far back, and I'm normal height (5ft 11).
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Re: Z3 & Kayak?

Post by TAV » Tue 06 May, 2014 22:24

RichP wrote:Does the rear strap inside the car interfere with where your head should be? I have my seat quite far back, and I'm normal height (5ft 11).
Hi. Yes it does touch your head slighty, (Im 6"1), but I lowered the seat fully and it didn't really prove a problem if you aren't driving a long distance. Bear in mind you should use a guy rope at front and rear. (Not in picture).

My Kayak is now situated down in a garage near the beach, so I no longer use the Z3 to transport it, but the times I did, it was very secure and safe.
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Post by RichP » Tue 06 May, 2014 23:08

i was wondering if the strap could be threaded between the roll hoops behind the seats to get it out the way whilst still allowing it to be tightened?
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Re: Z3 & Kayak?

Post by TAV » Tue 06 May, 2014 23:14

RichP wrote:i was wondering if the strap could be threaded between the roll hoops behind the seats to get it out the way whilst still allowing it to be tightened?
Tbh, I didn't think of that. It might work. Can't hurt to try I guess.
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Post by RichP » Tue 06 May, 2014 23:20

Thanks for the help. I'll let you know how i get on.

My kayak friends think i'm insane for just suggesting it. we shall see! :D
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