How to Secure Kayaks to a Yakima Rack

how to secure kayaks to yakima rack

There are several different ways to secure kayaks to a Yakima rack. Some options are Straps, J cradles, and Crossbar pads. You will also need Yakima Jaylows. All three of these products are great and make kayak storage easy and convenient.


If you plan on transporting a kayak, then you should invest in straps to secure it to your yakima rack. These accessories will make the task easier, and will help prevent damage to your kayak. To secure a kayak on a yakima rack, you must first thread the strap through the buckles on the rack. The straps should then be draped over the near and far side of the kayak.

When using the straps to secure kayaks to a yakima rack, make sure to properly position the kayak before mounting them on the rack. The kayak should be centered between the two racks, and the kayak should fit snugly between the racks. Before securing the kayak to the rack, make sure that it is properly positioned, and that the kayak is not overloaded.

Next, tighten the straps that secure your kayak to the rack. Be sure to use a strap that does not twist when it passes over the top of the kayak. Also, the buckle of the straps should rest on the top edge of the kayak.

J cradles

The cradles on the Yakima rack allow you to position your kayak in different positions. You can place two kayaks per upright, or one kayak per upright. You can also lock the J cradles in place. You can lock the J cradles at either the front or back of the rack. It is important that you secure the rack properly to prevent the kayak from moving when loading it.

First, you’ll want to secure the kayak to the rack with straps. Make sure that the straps run under the crossbar or J cradle. Then, thread them through the buckles. When they are snug, pull toward you to tighten them.

Next, you’ll need to load the kayak onto the rack. Most people choose to load their kayaks on the side of the J rack. This is most effective if the kayak is laid flat with the bow facing forward. The method you use depends on the height of the vehicle, as well as how high the rack is.

Crossbar pads

One way to safely secure your kayak to your rack is to use crossbar pads. If you don’t use crossbar pads, you risk damaging your kayak by letting it drag the other way. Instead, you can place the kayak on an angle against the rear cross bar. Ideally, you will place it so the kayak sits at a 45-degree angle to your vehicle.

Using kayak straps, place each strap under the crossbar about eight to 12 inches from the edge of the kayak. Then, thread the strap through the buckle and cinch the ends of the strap until they are tight. Make sure you thread the straps tightly enough so that they do not warp the shape of your kayak.

The kayak straps should be long enough to loop around the crossbar and over the edge of the kayak. They should also be wide enough to prevent the kayak from sliding off the rack. If they are too long, the kayak may slip off. If you are unsure of the length of the straps, use the measurements provided on the rack and use your best judgment.

Yakima Jaylow

When you purchase a Yakima Jaylow kayak rack, you’ll want to make sure the rack can securely hold a kayak. Fortunately, the Jaylow comes with all of the parts you need, including straps that you can secure the kayak to. However, there’s a small flaw with this product. Several customers complained about whistling noises. To solve this problem, purchase an electrical tape that matches the color of the Yakima Jaylow rack and cover the holes with tape that is about half an inch thick. While this solution fixes the problem, the kayak carrier still whistles when it’s not transporting a kayak.

The Jaylow kayak car carrier is lightweight and easy to maneuver, making it great for transporting kayaks and canoes. In addition, the Jaylow is easy to install and uninstall. The aerodynamic design is another benefit. The Jaylow kayak car carrier also folds flat when not in use, making it an ideal solution for kayak storage.

Folding down

Folding down kayaks to secure them to your yakima rack is easy once you have the rack installed. Most racks have a crossbar that runs across the front and back of the vehicle, but a telescoping rack will have more space to secure your kayak.

If you put your kayak on the rack upside down, it will be more secure and prevent the kayaks from slipping. However, if you place them directly on the crossbars, they will be permanently indented and may tip to one side. This is especially dangerous if your kayak has a rounded hull, as the rounded keel can cause it to tip over.

If you have straps, make sure to loop them under the cross bar. Make sure that the ends of the straps go through the handle of the kayak, so that they don’t slide off.

Lack of holder for straps

One of the most frustrating aspects of Yakima’s Jaylow kayak rack is the lack of a holder for straps to secure kayaks. It can take a bit of practice to secure your kayak, and if you don’t have an extra loop to hold the strap, it’ll be difficult to load the kayak onto the rack.

Kayaks that are too wide for the Yakima rack should be placed right side up. This will make transporting them easier. If you put the kayak on upside down, straps can get hung up on the rack. To ensure that your kayak doesn’t move while being transported, make sure to use the side handles as reference points.

If you want to use kayak straps, make sure to use a one-way clamp. This will prevent the straps from slipping. Also, make sure that the straps aren’t crossed over one another, or twisted.

J cradle

The J cradle is a great option for securely mounting kayaks. Its adjustable uprights allow you to fit up to two kayaks per upright, and its locking mechanism locks the kayak in place. The J cradle is one of the best ways to secure kayaks to a yakima rack, and it can help you transport your kayaks with ease.

The JayHook J-Cradle roof kayak mount was designed to fit all types of kayaks. The side-loading J-cradles allow for easy kayak loading and unloading, and they are padded to protect your kayak from scratches. It also includes heavy-duty straps for securing your kayak to the rack. This mount is also universal, so you can use it with most other roof racks.

Installing a J cradle is simple, and it comes with adapters for different crossbar styles. This is important because you don’t want to damage your kayak in the process of loading it.

J cradle with J cradle

A J cradle is a secure and easy way to transport your kayak. It can be mounted on the bed of your truck. If you have a Yakima rack, you can use this accessory to raise the kayak out of the way and secure it to the rack. The uprights can be adjusted to various angles to accommodate your kayak. You can position one kayak per upright at a time, or place two kayaks per upright. You can also lock the J cradle to secure it in place.

Yakima is one of the top manufacturers of roof racks for kayaks. This popular rack can carry one or two kayaks and can convert into a kayak stacker. This rack comes with J cradles with padded J cradles that spread out the weight of the kayaks and provide a non-scratch surface. In addition to this, the Yakima Jaylow can carry two kayaks and comes with integrated ramps for easy loading.

When mounting a kayak on a Yakima rack, you need to make sure that the J cradle has the proper width for the boat. You must also ensure that the kayak is securely secured with straps. The straps should be placed under the J cradle’s crossbar, or at least halfway up the width. When tightening the straps, make sure you pull toward the kayaker so that they do not come loose.