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I can do three!

Three kayaks up on top!
We are not going to let them drop!

(Apologies to Dr. Seuss)

I installed Yakima 50" crossbars with the BigStack boat rack on our 2018 Bolt EV Premier for hauling three kayaks. The crossbars are easily removable without the need for tools, so only the landing pads remain when not transporting.

Fuel efficiency takes a hit, about a 25% reduction. We were getting 4.2 mi/kWh without the kayaks and 3.2 with them.
 

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Those are the longest bars ever! I have not yet put my aero bars on my Bolt (we bought them for an Accord and I've only just received the new foot kit from Santa). I expect my aero bars will hang over as well. I also need to try out my kayak mounts, but I have gotten pretty good at lashing things down to the bars without a mount (four sets of skiis, a xmas tree). So I'll try out my existing kayak mounts and if I don't like them, perhaps I'll do some of those foam thingies. I only need to fit two.
 

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That’s about as “green” as you can get!
I bet it takes the entire Bolt capacity to hold 3 people, paddles, life vests & related gear.
As an aside, Audrey Geisel died last week, age 97.
 

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I bet it takes the entire Bolt capacity to hold 3 people, paddles, life vests & related gear.

With both rear seats up, it is a challenge. The longest half-paddle barely fits in but I am able to get the hatch closed. The rear-view mirror camera comes in handy. I'd like to carry the paddles and life vests inside a kayak, but I haven't figured out how to keep them in securely.
 

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I'd like to carry the paddles and life vests inside a kayak, but I haven't figured out how to keep them in securely.
I have a 5 x 9 scrap of commercial fishing net, the type you see hoisting a ton of fish aboard. It's ideal to go over the tarp and be certain that random shape objects can't get out of my trailer. (photo). I think strong netting like this would work to keep objects from falling out of a kayak. Forget stretch nets, they aren't secure. A friend lost a badly-needed sleeping bag off the top of his Land Cruiser using one.
 

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Kayaks are beautiful, not least for their aerodynamics!

Get back some of that lost range by covering the cockpits, at least on the outboard hulls. Those openings are horribly draggy!
 

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With both rear seats up, it is a challenge. The longest half-paddle barely fits in but I am able to get the hatch closed. The rear-view mirror camera comes in handy. I'd like to carry the paddles and life vests inside a kayak, but I haven't figured out how to keep them in securely.
I’m sure you have already experimented with splitting the rear seats, I was thinking 3 kayaks = 3 people.
Also dropping the cargo floor to the bottom gives more useable room.
I used to have a couple of whitewater yaks, the spray skirts were quite securely attached to the coaming.
Depending on how the cockpit coaming is formed, you might be able to cut a piece of canvas to fit,(wouldn’t have to be an exact fit, then tie a loop of good quality bungee cord,(use 5 or 7/16”, leave a “tail” when you tie the loop, to facilitate pulling it off the coaming), that you could stretch over the canvas. As long as the coaming has a decent lip it would be secure. Obviously, use this method on the center yak.
If you have 2 pc paddles, are the yaks long enough to separate the paddles, insert each piece inside, then put them together?
Depending on the seat structure,(I now have ocean kayaks, with adjustable lumbar & back support), it may be possible to wrap some of the vest straps through seat openings, then snug & snap. Vest straps are pretty bulletproof against accidental opening.
Yak life vests are not cheap, if I couldn’t be 100% sure of securing them, I’d keep them in the car. Ditto for carbon paddles. I’m always surprised how many empty gas cans, coolers, life vest I see each summer in the way to our lake house.
 

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Look!
See!
I can do three!
Three kayaks up on top!
We are not going to let them drop!
(Apologies to Dr. Seuss)

I installed Yakima 50" crossbars with the BigStack boat rack on our 2018 Bolt EV Premier for hauling three kayaks. The crossbars are easily removable without the need for tools, so only the landing pads remain when not transporting.

Fuel efficiency takes a hit, about a 25% reduction. We were getting 4.2 mi/kWh without the kayaks and 3.2 with them.
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Nice job!! But be careful and ... don't bump you head on the extended crossbars. I did this a couple of times on my friend's Subaru Crosstrek. Lesson learned.
 

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While this pic applies to subject, there is another purpose
A possible comment following the usual routine, could be like
Why you got that dumb trailer dumb dumb and dumb
Then the usual insults would fly
OR
One could simply inquire "what you do with that trailer
And then I would happily respond by noting the river is across the street and lifting kayak or using kayak is a choice I must make.
Now see how pleasant that could be
Let us use this as a learning experience.
 

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I installed Yakima 50" crossbars with the BigStack boat rack on our 2018 Bolt EV Premier for hauling three kayaks. The crossbars are easily removable without the need for tools, so only the landing pads remain when not transporting.
That looks nice. How long are your kayaks? Do you have any concerns about their stability given the relatively short distance between the crossbars? I've been told that it would be best to have a longer set of rails installed so that the crossbars can be mounted with a greater fore-and-aft separation between them.
 

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That looks nice. How long are your kayaks? Do you have any concerns about their stability given the relatively short distance between the crossbars? I've been told that it would be best to have a longer set of rails installed so that the crossbars can be mounted with a greater fore-and-aft separation between them.
Our kayaks are just under 10 feet long. I use ratcheting-type tie downs so I can get them very tight. I've driven at 65 to 70 mph and they stay on :) . So, I have no concerns with the length between the attachment points.
 
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