Small boat and kayak carrier:
Prorack kayak carrier no. PR3032N
This is the best sea kayak / small boat carrier on the market, no question. The "dual-twist" cradles mould to the shape of your boat and that last "extra effort feels dodgy hope-my-back-lasts-out lift" of your 25+kg sea kayak into the centre of the carrier is a thing of the past. With the 3032N you just rest the kayak on the edge of the carrier and push - the carrier swivels the kayak into position. Just one of many clever features.
This is a superb piece of kit, suitable for all the square bars and aerobars that we sell - apart from CRUZ aluminium bars. It's designed for carrying sea kayaks and other small boats that are best transported in the flat position, i.e. not tipped on their sides.
The core features are the "dual-twist" cradles, made of a dense but soft compound, which will shape themselves to your boat's hull profile, twisting sideways as well as rocking - see picture 2. The other feature we really like is the way you can just push and rock a kayak into position, placing the edge of the kayak onto the outer cradles and then pushing so that the cradles flip and the kayak is in the perfect transport position - see pictures 5 to 7. It's a completely smooth and bump free process.
It's also the fastest fitting and adjusting carrier that we sell: Picture 9 shows a tab that moves as you turn the tensioning knob - we've coloured it red for illustration purposes. This tab locks the carrier in place on the roof bar and, when fitted to square bars, locks the hinged section in the closed position. In other words, to fit the carrier to square bars you just slide it on sideways, close the hinged section, and turn the tensioning knob, maybe 10 seconds work.
If you're fitting the 3032N to aerobars you'll unscrew four screws (tool supplied) and remove the square bar fitting. The "T profile" aerobar adapter is already in place, again coloured red in for illustration purposes - see picture 10 which shows the square bar fitting half removed. Prorack employs some very clever people.
Do you need roof bars as well? If so, check out our amazing Prorack package deals which provide either one or two sets of these carriers together with a set of Prorack bars, saving you serious money on the normal combined price.
Technical specifications at a glance:
Can be used with: kayaks and small boats (1x)
Includes a mast holder: no
Includes straps: 2 x 400cm
Fits square bars: yes
Fits aerobars: fits most aerobars including Thule WingBars and Cruz (does not fit Atera aerobars)
Fits Prorack Whispbars : yes
Guarantee: 2 years
A specific watersports carrier will make carrying your gear much easier. The aim of this note is to persuade you that kayaks (or boats etc) should always, also, be tied to the carrying vehicle at both bow and stern.
Untied kayaks have, in our experience, the greatest potential for a roof bar or kayak carrier failure. The massive forces that untied kayaks can generate have even been known to snap roof bar fixing bolts with the result that a complete assembly of roof bars and kayaks has ended up on the road. We know that this has happened with almost every brand of roof bar, and regardless of whether the kayaks are on a special carrier or just strapped to the bars.
You need to fix bow and stern lines, probably using the front and rear screw-in towing eyes to get strong and accessible fixing points on the vehicle. You can use, for example, 'paracord' for this purpose. Alternatively, Thule makes the QuickDraw 838 which we have listed together with every kayak carrier we sell. The Quickdraw is really simple to use - just hook it to your car and boat/kayak, give it a yank and you are ready to go.
Please note that kayaks should be strapped to the roof bars, or to kayak carriers, using straps that are suitable for the purpose, e.g. 25mm polypropylene straps with strong buckles. Most kayak and other watersports carriers come supplied with such straps. We also have a range of suitable straps available, click here for details. Bungee cords must never be used.
Please also note that all roof bar instructions point out the dangers of carrying unsecured long items, as of course do all kayak carrier instructions.
If you tie down your kayaks you almost certainly won't experience a product failure. If you don't you may or may not get away with it. If there is a disaster and the kayaks end up on the road, separated from the vehicle, then you were not using tie downs and you have subjected the roof bars to forces for which they were not designed. The costs of sorting this out are yours, not ours, and you may also have difficulties with your insurers.
We're sorry to be so firm about this, but "things coming off the tops of cars" is the stuff of nightmares, and we want to do all we can to prevent accidents of this sort from happening.
Delivery charges and arrangements:
We charge a contribution towards delivery costs, depending on what you order, where you live, and how quickly you want the goods.
For most UK addresses, the charge for our two to three day service is £5.50 (£9.50 for orders including a roof box) and our charge for Next Working Day deliveries is £8.50 (£12.50 for orders involving a roof box). AutoSock, and small spare parts, are charged £3.95 (1st Class post) or £5.50 (express courier, usually Next Working Day).
There are different charges for any delivery including a sea crossing, and deliveries to Skye - we will contact you with a quote on receipt of order.
Orders for Next Working Day delivery need to be received by 4.00pm.
There are no deliveries on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays. Next Working Day orders placed on a Friday will be delivered on the Monday, Next Working Day orders placed on a Saturday will be delivered on the Tuesday.
We are very flexible with our deliveries and will aim to deliver on a day and at an address which suits you. Goods can usually be left without signature - we prefer this with roof boxes. There's a "Special Delivery Instructions" box in the checkout area where we'll ask you to choose a typical instruction and then amend it to suit your particular requirements.
No retailer or courier company can ever "guarantee" a Next Working Day delivery. All courier companies occasionally have the same transport problems as can happen to everyone else, including snow blocked roads, closed roads, traffic jams, mechanical breakdown, an inability to find the delivery address, or to gain access to it if, for example, it's in a block of flats. We work with some of the best couriers in the business, and overall they provide an outstanding service.