Originally Posted by NomadQ
Please revive this thread. I have a 28Ē turtle top and am mulling over ways to mount the kayak via drip rail mounts somehow. Anyone tested products or DIY solutions? I like the Hullavator approach, but with the need to add rails etc., seems like itíll prop it up too high.
I don't kayak, so I'm not sure what weight/length you need to accommodate but I saw this rack the other day and thought it was a pretty interesting approach. I'm not sure what it would take to adapt their roof rack to your top , but since it just looks like extruded aluminum it probably wouldn't be too hard to customize the size. Mounting it securely might be more of an issue.
With a 28" top you've got to be close in the total height department to a mid-roof Transit (especially if you're 4x4). Depending on the length of your kayaks they may or may not stick up as much as the SUP in the video. Obviously if they would fit nicely behind your top it would be an awesome solution (I'm not crazy about how much the SUP sticks up)
This may not be a direct solution for you, but there are certainly some good ideas here to potentially build off of. I think I would certainly want some more detail from them on weight ratings/construction methods/securing the rack for travel, but probably worth shooting them an email to find out more although I'm sure the price is going to be substantial.
As soon as I saw this my mind immediately went racing about how I would make the rack into an awning when in the "up" position. Sure would be a nice side effect. Also love that the custom configurations would be numerous since it looks like they're using L-track to secure the gear. You could easily change out your mounting configs for each season/activity/gear.
Good luck in your quest.