vehicle year / make / model: 2006 Honda CR-V
Question: I need to transport a couple of sea kayaks on my 2006 Honda CRV. The CRV currently has no type of car rack on it so i'm looking at needing some kind of general purpose base roof rack system along with the kayak carrier attachments I think.
Answer: Yes you are correct, no matter what gear you plan to carry on your roof you will need a multi-purpose roof rack base system. You can then attach the kayak carriers to the front and rear cross bars. An excellent option for your 2006 Honda CR-V is the Yakima Control Towers & Landing Pads Complete Roof Rack Base System. Using the set of four Yakima #8 Landing Pads (included with Control Towers), the Control Tower multi-purpose base rack system connects directly to the fixpoint pre-placed points in your roof that Honda has included on the 2006 CR-V rooftop to allow this rack system to install effortlessly and securely. This system includes four Yakima Control Towers, four Yakima LP8 Landing Pads and a pair of cross bars. Easy to follow instructions make the installation a snap (no drilling required). The 48inch cross bars are the recommended crossbars length for your CRV roof top. However if you plan to carry two or more kayaks flat and side by side then you will need to choose at least the 58 inch length crossbars. If you decide on the j-cradle style kayak carriers, however, you can still use the 48 inch length cross bars.
You can then attach any of Yakima's excellent kayak carriers directly to the Yakima Control Tower base rack cross bars. A superb setup for one person to effortlessly load and unload a kayak is the Yakima Mako Saddle / Hully Roller combination. The Mako Saddle / Hully Roller combination works with all types of kayaks and consists of one pair of Yakima Mako Saddles attached to the base rack front cross bar and one pair of Yakima Hully Rollers attached to rear cross bar. You'll need to purchase two pairs of each for carrying two kayaks. (Attach the 2 pairs of Mako saddles to the front crossbar and the 2 pairs of HullyRollers to the rear crossbar). The Yakima LandShark kayak carrier is a great reliable and value-priced all around kayak transporting solution. Attaches directly to the base rack front and rear cross bars. Purchase two for carrying two kayaks. The Yakima HullRaiser is a universal kayak system that carries your kayak using a j-cradle design, which also makes it very easy to load/unload a kayak. Attaches directly to the base rack front and rear cross bars. Purchase two for carrying two kayaks. And finally, probably the most current kayak rack on the market today is the Yakima BowDown. This j-cradle style kayak carrier works exactly the same way as the HullRaiser except that it allows you to fold the upright cradles down when not in use so there are no possible overhead clearance issues when pulling into garages or low-overhang entrances. The folded down position is also more aer-dynamic and fuel efficient. Purchase two BowDowns for carrying two kayaks.
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