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    Time tested.

    The Thule Hull-a-port Kayak Carrier's proven J-style design allows easy loading and takes up minimal roof space, so you can still squeeze in your cargo box. The highly padded steel bars hold both sea and whitewater kayaks, and this Thule rack comes with two load straps to secure your boat. A universal mountain system lets you attach the Hull-a-port Kayak Carrier to square, round, and most factory roof racks. No special parts needed.

    • Item #THU0083

    Tech Specs

    Boat Capacity
    Locks Included
    round bars, square bars
    Recommended Use
    hauling your kayak
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Thule Hull a Port Kayak Rack is perfect

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Bought this kayak rack to throw on my Honda CRV for my Hurricane Sojourn Kayak. This is a 14 foot kayak. The racks were so easy to install and as important, uninstall. Super easy to secure the kayaks to the rack, came with hooks and ropes to secure the front and back of the kayak to the tow hooks on my car. Drove over 200 miles and not once did the kayak move it feel like it wasn’t secured. Was easy to unload the kayak off the rack. Would highly recommend

    Fits Two!

      Was able to squeeze two of these kayak carriers on my VW AllTrack with the assist from my AeroBlades. I've got more trust in this model's J-style design than some of the others that were available. We were able to figure out mounting them in the parking lot when we got them (and our recreational kayaks) and loading gets easier every time.

      Sturdy. Takes a little work.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I took my two kayaks all the way from Park City, Utah to McCall, Idaho using these racks. They worked great. It does take some time to get everything tied down properly and my kayaks are kinda heavy so I need someone strong to help get them on top of the roof.

      Hey, They Work!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've got a 2013 Subaru Outback (coming from the square bars on my 2005 Legacy Wagon) and notice that if you keep the Hull A Port on the car or when you travel with a kayak on, they can slide side to side while in motion. I can't seem to tighten these down enough to make them keep from moving. Just need to pull over once in a while to make sure the kayak is still sitting straight. I also have the older model of the H.A.P. and love it too, still a little slide on the new oval Outback bars.

      New for this model is that the two main straps are a little shorter than the old model. You don't need to tie the loose ends up any longer. Happy with that. Also there is just one clamp that holds the H.A.P. to the roof rack, not two like the old model. Allows you to take them on and off a lot quicker.

      All in all its a great product. It's just Subaru that doesn't have the perfect sized bar.

      Happy with the upgrade!

        I have a 12 foot old town Dirigo that I was using for this rack mount. I was using the foam mounts before, but needed room for my atlantis 18 and my kayak. This worked perfectly! I had room to open up the box lid and didn't notice much wind drag. I actually noticed less wind drag, than carrying the kayak horizontal on the foam mounts. The mount took about 15 minutes to mount on my crossbars and about 10 minutes to mount the kayak.


          The J-Style of the Hull-A-Port is a solid design. I believe my carrier performance issues are driven by the combination of my Emotion Comet Kayak and the smooth padding on the botton of the J. My kayak continually slid down and when I tightened the straps too much I saw the hull start to flex. There is a sweet spot I have to find, a perfect balance.

          Nice Rack!

            This rack is easy to use and is easy on the hull. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is that you can't lock it to your rack system. At $140, I'd hate to come back from the lake and have no way to take the kayak home.
            For reference, I had the Ocean Kayak Malibu 2 XL (tandem). While it will fit, its not very secure. I think the width at 34inches is too much for this carrier. My other kayak, at 29inches works fantastic.


              I have these on both my 2002 VW passat and 2008 Nissan Titan. They work great . no issues lock down tight and no slippage.
              Had yakima hullraisers before these and had alot of slippage and movement just could not get them to lock in well on the yakima round bars, so switched to the THULE rack and kayak holders and now no woories

              Love 'Em!

                The Hullraiser racks are great! Two kayaks loaded and out the driveway in less than 10 minutes (and that's counting the time to carry the boats from the backyard!) The racks can be installed and uninstalled even more quickly- a key for me since I use my car to haul other things too. I bought a Yakima u-style kayak rack and didn't get as far as putting it on the car- it was too complicated and attached more permanently; very inconvenient. I like the closed short end on the bars of my older model better but the new one is okay. Would definitely recomment this product.

                Thule Hull-a-port Kayak Carrier

                  Once again, Thule creates a great product. My kayak (a 14' Perception) sits well, straps down securely and looks good atop my SUV. My thanks go to for supplying a fair price, free shipping, and terrific customer service!

                  Thule Hull-a-port Kayak Carrier: solid and simple to install

                    I waited until the morning I was going to pick up my kayak before taking the Thule Hull-a-port Kayak Carrier out of the box. I was stoked to find that installation required no tools!! It's all included in the box with a great directions page. The only tricky part is the bowline. If, like me, it's been a long time since you tied one of these (something about the rabbit hopping out of a hole and around a tree... ), just hop on YouTube. It will come back to you in about 3 minutes. The hardware is solid.

                    I have a 2005 Nissan X-Terra. The roof...

                    I have a 2005 Nissan X-Terra. The roof rack crossbars are rather large. Will this rack fit?

                    It should. I've got an Xterra and I bought the snowboard/ski carrier by Thule and all I need were some longer bolts, but the brackets fit just fine. I would assume they are the same, so it should fit, you may just call Thule to find out though for sure.

                    It sounds as though you can connect to a...

                    It sounds as though you can connect to a round bar as in a Yakima setup, but it isn't clear? Will the rack as is, ordered on this page, allow for an assembly to a Yakima round bar. Thanks

                    Yes, this will mount to round Yakima bars with only the included hardware. The rack may rotate a bit, but will stabilize once you load a boat and will be secure.

                    If your budget allows, I recommend going with the Hull-a-Port Pro. It allows you to fold down the rack when not in use. This means you are more likely to be able to fit in garages without removing the rack.

                    I have a 2010 civic coupe. I already have...

                    I have a 2010 civic coupe. I already have a removable roof rack aero bars from thule that are removable when not in use. I am looking to buy this carrier (2 of them) Would anyone recommend this carrier on a aero dynamic roof rack with a short load bar. Thank you

                    Julie, hopefully you've found an answer by now. But I'm just coming across your post. The Civic coupe has a very short distance between bars. I'd go ahead and buy the Thule Short Roof Adapter then get two of the Hull A Ports. They will fit on the Aero Bars due to the oval design of the clamps (which fit on oval and rectangle bars).

                    I have a 2006 Nissan pathfinder. Would...

                    I have a 2006 Nissan pathfinder. Would these racks fit my SUV and would I need to buy 2 of them if i wanted to load up 2 kayaks? Also, is there any type of lock with these racks to prevent them from being stolen off of my car?

                    Hey there, yeah these will fasten to your factory rack rails... you will need to buy 2 sets in order to haul 2 kayaks... I don't know of any locking for these from Thule, but I just used a cable lock around the kayak to the cross rail...

                    Write your question here...I own a 2007...

                    Write your question here...I own a 2007 GMC Envoy with the factory rack and crosmembers, will this rack fit the blade type crossmembers and provide a secure and stable installation and transport method. Or is there a better rack on the market

                    Could I fit 2 hull-a-ports on my 2003...

                    Could I fit 2 hull-a-ports on my 2003 Toyota Corolla? I have 50" bars and they are 26" apart. How would a 14.5' kayak do up there? Thinking I might need to stick with a 12'.

                    Best Answer

                    yeah, you could fit these kayak holders no problem; but I would be concerned with the length of your boat... seems like its longer then your car!? It can be done, just make sure you tie the bow/stern down as well...

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                    have a 2002 yukon and 2 tarpon 120s will...

                    have a 2002 yukon and 2 tarpon 120s will luggage rack hold the weight? tarpons are heavy

                    Will the Thule Hull-a-port carrier attach...

                    Will the Thule Hull-a-port carrier attach to the oddly shaped and slanted cross bars on 2003 Envoy?

                    I have a 2005 chevy trailblazer that has the same slanted(guess for drag reduction) bars and it fit mine perfectly though they slant the same as the bars they're attached to. Doesn't seem to affect performance or stability at all. Made it from cali to georgia just fine.

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                    How much room does it take in the horizontal...

                    How much room does it take in the horizontal direction. I'm trying to figure out what size bar I need to carry two kayaks and a Thule Cascade box

                    Can a 1964 VW bug accommodate this carrier...

                    Can a 1964 VW bug accommodate this carrier and kayak?

                    I don't know anything about roof racks, but I love the old vw bugs! Have you considered getting a classic style roof rack from some vw parts dealer? They are guaranteed to fit the curved profile of the roof on your wonderful car. You might try that, then strap the kayak down to it with rope and bungee cords. I would also mount the kayak far back so it wont interfere with inside visibility; though, it will certainly help people notice you in traffic.

                    I checked for a fit guide for...

                    I checked for a fit guide for my vehicle - 2009 Dodge Nitro w/ factory rack & cross bars - but this vehicle is not listed on their site. Will this rack fit my vehicle???

                    Unanswered Question

                    Can you mount two of these with two canoes...

                    Can you mount two of these with two canoes on top of a Honda Pilot??

                    I have two set of the Thule Hull-a-port...

                    I have two set of the Thule Hull-a-port Kayak Carriers. I am concerned that my luggage rack on my car is not strong enough to support my Kayaks without some other attachment. I have a 2003 GMC Envoy SLE with the standard luggage rack and crossbars. Does Thule have something else that I need?

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                    Will this fit on a Thule Xporter 422 without...

                    Will this fit on a Thule Xporter 422 without an adapter?

                    I want to put two of these on a 2001 Subaru...

                    I want to put two of these on a 2001 Subaru Legacy wagon. Do I need to buy the Thule crosspieces to do this or can I attach to the manufacturer's roof racks?