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Thule 898 Hullavator Pro Kayak Lift System
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- Wider cradles can accommodate bigger width hulls (up to 36 inches wide)
- Waist-level loading, unloading and strapping by lowering the kayak 40 inches to the side of the vehicle, Accommodates kayaks up to 36 Inches wide and 75 lbs
- Gas struts making it easy to load and unload the kayak unassisted as the carrier takes 40 lbs of the kayak's weight
- Includes QuickDraw bow and stern tie downs and two center straps with car-protective buckle bumpers. Length of straps: 2x9.5 feet
- Fits Thule rack systems (excluding Thule Edge) and round bars with both T-track and around the bar mounting options.
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Accommodates Variety of Kayaks
Wide cradles can accommodate hulls up to 36" wide.
Load at Waist-Level
Waist-level loading, unloading and strapping by lowering the kayak 40" to the side of the vehicle.
40 lbs Assist Gas Struts
Gas struts make it easy to load and unload the kayak unassisted as the carrier takes 40 lbs of the kayak's weight.
8 touchpoints of padded support for maximum protection of your kayak.
Corrosion-resistant base and cradles enhance life of the product.
Thule's One-key lock cylinders (sold separately) allow you to lock the carrier to the vehicle.
|Thule Hullavator Pro||Thule Slipstream||Thule DockGrip||Thule DockGlide||Thule Hull-a-Port XT||Thule Stacker|
|Number of Kayaks Carried||1||1||1||1||1-2||1-4|
|Load Capacity||75 lbs||75 lbs||85 lbs||75 lbs||130 lbs||75 lbs|
|Assist Feature||Lift & Load||Load||No assist||Load||No assist||No assist|
|Includes Straps and Tie Downs||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Roof Rack Compatibility||AeroBlade, SquareBar||AeroBlade, SquareBar, Factory Racks||AeroBlade, SquareBar, Factory Racks||AeroBlade, SquareBar, Factory Racks||AeroBlade, SquareBar, Factory Racks||AeroBlade, SquareBar, Factory Racks|
|Watercrafts Carried||Kayak||Kayak||Kayaks, SUPs||Kayak||Kayak||Kayak|
Ultra premium lift assist carrier reduces up to 40 lbs. of a kayak's weight and allows side of vehicle loading, unloading and strapping.
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A few user notes: 1) This will only work with Thule crossbars, not your factory ones or any other brand, 2) I recommend using the "fit my vehicle" feature on the Thule website to figure out what you need, 3) should you need to purchase said crossbars, be aware that Hullavator installation instructions want the end of the bars to extend 4-8 inches *beyond* the rail anchors (this is so it doesn't dent your car doors whilst loading and unloading your boat). The otherwise handy fit guide will not specify this for you - I got 50 inch crossbars which allows for a 4 inch extension on my one rack side and 1/2 inch extension on the other side. Ideally, I would think that you should have 58 inch crossbars to use the Hullavator on any type of SUV vehicle. You might be able to make the 50 inch work but there is no margin for error and the crossbars will not be symmetrically extended from your rails which Thule doesn't recommend, 4) You would think that when you are dropping several hundred dollars on a rack like this, Thule could throw in the locks. They don't. If you want to protect your investment, you need to either buy the locks separately or use 2 of the 4 that come with some crossbar kits (that's what I did).
Bottom line: great rack that I highly recommend but be aware of required accouterments that can definitely inflate your budget.
Mounting the cradles and setting the locking pins takes practice and now we can do in just a couple minutes. Once those are in place, attaching the kayak and lifting it into top position is easy. I recommend getting the Thule Quick Loop Straps Thule 530 Quick Loop Strap,Black (Pack of 2) to secure the front and back of the kayak rather than fussing with placing tow bolts in front and back.
We wound up getting a 12 foot kayak, which would be a challenge to carry in a van or pickup, but which fits perfectly into the Hullavator.
Notice I said "we" instead of "I". Unless you are well over 6' tall and have strong arms and shoulders, attaching the cradle units is really a two-person task: one to hold the cradles in position and one to insert the locking pins (and even then practice makes perfect.)
The gas struts allow a tiny person to lift and drop the kayak without help. Just installing the cradles requires 4 hands.
Don't forget to follow the instructions to check the straps and ropes after the first 5 miles to be sure nothing has loosened up.