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Malone Auto Racks Malone SeaWing Stinger Combo w/Bow & Stern Lines
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- Combo kayak carrier with sliding, padded V-block frame
- Extends 22 inches behind carrier then slides forward for easy loading
- Cam-style load straps and buckle protectors secure kayak in place
- Universal-fit Jawz mounting hardware fits round, square, and most oval crossbars
- Supports up to 70 pounds; measures 27.5 x 4.5 x 6 inches (W x H x D)
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SeaWing and Stinger Combo - V-Cradle Kayak Carrier and Kayak Load Assist Module. The SeaWing has a single saddle wing design that eliminates time consuming set-up and provides a safe and simple carrier for nearly all kayaks. Simplify the loading process while protecting the vehicle and kayak. The Stinger attaches to the SeaWing to create the most versatile carrier/loader system available. Includes Universal Hardware and Bow & Stern Safety Tie Downs. SeaWing Features: Universal Fit Jawz Mounting Hardware 50mm and 60mm Coated Mounting Bolts Cam Style Load Straps with Buckle Protectors Low Profile Design Improves Gas Mileage Corrosion Resistant Nylon Construction Dimensions: 27.5" (L) x 6" (W) x 4.5" (H) Stinger Features: Permanently Attaches to the SeaWing Sliding V-Block Frame Extends 22" V-Block Captures & Helps Align the Kayak Padded Frame Protects the Kayak and Vehicle Corrosion Resistant Polycarbon Construction Furnished with 70mm Bolts (fits most vehicles) Lifetime Warranty Dimensions: 25" (L) x 8" (W) x 4.25" (H)
Color: Multi-coloured | Size: MPG113MD
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My car and kayak:
2011 Honda Odyssey Minivan with roof rails and crossbars installed by my local Honda Dealer
Perception Tribe 13.5 tandem kayak (Length 13.5’/Width 33.75”/Height 17”/Weight 67 lbs)
In addition to the SeaWing/Stinger Combo, I also purchased the Thule 854 Water Slide Kayak Carrier Accessory Mat from amazon.com for $39.99.
My kayak is very wide, and the red straps that came with the SeaWing/Stinger Combo were not long enough. The first time I tried to strap the kayak to the carrier, I discovered the problem. I was able to buy two 1.25” X 16 ft ratchet-style straps at Home Depot for about $8 each. In my opinion, ratchet-style straps hold the kayak more securely than the straps Malone provided.
I choose the Malone SS Combo because I needed a rooftop kayak carrier that could handle a very large kayak, and I did not want to buy a kayak trailer. I need my hitch for my Thule 2 Platform Hitch Bike Rack. I am aware that there are trailers that can haul both bikes and kayaks, but they are too expensive for my budget. For $715 in total, I was able to buy the roof rails and crossbars, SS Combo, Water Slide, and 2 ratchet straps.
I need a second person to help me load and unload my kayak on top of my minivan. But, I think I could figure out how to load it by myself.
I also need both a step stool and a ladder to secure my boat to my minivan, even when I have a second person to help. I use the ladder to secure the straps thru the SeaWings and when attaching the bow and stern lines. I use the step stool when loading or unloading the boat.
Comments and Advice:
Be careful setting your boat on the back of your car so you do not crack your spoiler or scratch your paint. Buy the Thule Water Slide. It really helps. In a pinch, you could use a floor mat from your car or maybe a bath mat with a rubber (non-slip) bottom, but it may move when the kayak passes over it. The Thule Waterslide has velcro straps that secure it to the rear crossbar and prevent movement.
If you have a big, heavy kayak like mine, make sure to put your strap under the crossbars on both sides of your kayak. This step is not pictured in the directions, but it is mentioned at end of the directions.
Watch out for your car antenna when placing the nose of your kayak into the “stinger” piece. Even though my antenna is covered by the waterslide, I’m sure I could crush it if the kayak lands on it just right.
The length of the stinger is not long enough to reach the top edge of the back of my minivan, but it is close and works great.
Check your straps after rain and temperature change.
As I secure my kayak with ratchet straps, my kayak pushes the seawings down. That seems to be normal.
Definitely use bow and stern rope lines. The bow line seems especially important to keep the nose down.
Watch YouTube videos (about 3 min each): Assembly - watch the video posted by rackwarehouse.com, loading - watch the video posted by orsracksdirect.com
Very easy to assemble. It comes with 4 extra bolts (longer length, if needed), which I did not use. The kit comes with very good directions and has photos for each step. I read them, but the assembly video on youtube was more helpful.
My crossbars are flat. There is a square notch in the seawings, but I did not use the notch. The SeaWings worked just fine with my crossbars/sat on top of them.
The SeaWings are easy to remove and store. Keep the box and directions for storage and reference.
I use the red straps that came in the kit to secure my ladder and step stool in the back of my minivan so they don’t shift while I’m driving.
But the Stinger guide is just a disaster! Poorly designed, too narrow, and dangerous because my kayaks easily slip off the Stinger "assist guide" while loading and unloading. The cradle meant to guide the kayak is way too narrow and the plastic is slippery, so my Necky Manitou 14 (24" wide) with a normally rounded hull just rolls off the side of the car when I use the Stinger. I've now removed the Stinger (just a cheap plastic V shape guide) and things work well when I slide my boats directly onto the Malone saddles. I use a Thule Waterslide pad to protect the back of my Volvo XC-70 wagon.
Save yourself some money, and just buy the Malone saddles. My Stinger attachment is now in the basement waiting to be thrown out. I'm always amazed how products like this that don't work reach the market. Did they try them loading real kayaks on a real car? I have three kayaks, and none of them are stable or safe being loaded with the Stinger attachment. And the Stinger guide is WAY overpriced.
The Stinger works really well for me, would be better if it was a just a little longer as it's a lot of work to get the shell into the stinger without hitting the rear spoiler.
But once I get it into the stinger, I can easily push it up and onto and off of the car. The boat straps down very securely and doesn't move around.
It isn't perfect but it is the best I've seen and is working great for me.
The Stinger slider was not stable enough to prevent unwanted movement of the Outback while loading. Additionally, the mirage drive hole in the hull of the Outback caught on the stinger upright.
I have to agree with other reviewers that the crossbar attachment works best with square crossbars. I was using the OEM GM wing style crossbars. The Seawing saddles did not solidly attach to the crossbars and it was difficult to keep them level, the saddles wanted to tilt forward when being attached.
I loved the concept and the price of this load assist combo. But with a heavy kayak on a tall vehicle, it does not live up to its promise; I am going to return the unit and invest in a good wheeled cart to load the kayak onto my utility trailer.