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Can Tow Malone SeaWings Be Mounted Side-By-Side To Haul Two Kayaks On A 2018 Toyota 4Runner

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We need to carry our 12foot Hobie Passport kayaks that are 33inch wide on our 2018 4Runner to go camping. Yakima has a 60inch model crossbar and Rhino-Rack has a 54inch locking model. If we use 2 Malone Seawings with load assist stingers side by side, can the cradles be attached wide enough apart that the keels will fit securely?

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Yes, the Malone SeaWing Kayak Carrier and Load Assist w/ Tie-Downs - Rear Loading - Clamp On # MPG113MD can be placed side by side. We actually have a picture of this on the product page that I've also attached below. The carriers are 27-1/4" in width so I recommend going with the 60" Yakima Crossbars # Y00426 and # Y00147 to ensure a comfortable fit for both kayaks.

That being said, due to the design of your 12' Hobie Passport kayaks I do not recommend using the # MPG113MD. Since the cradles are in a "V" shape, that makes it ideal for kayak hulls (and not flat, wide SUPs). If you try to use a SUP with the SeaWing, it will not fit as snugly and can move during transportation.

Instead I recommend using a carrier like the Yakima JayLow Kayak Carrier w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style or Post Style - Folding - 1 or 2 Kayaks # Y04073. These J-style cradles let you transport 1 or 2 kayaks on your roof rack. The integrated ramps help you to load a kayak from the side of your vehicle. The padded arms fold down when not in use and will clamp to most crossbars without tools with 4 Tie-downs included. The capacity of this rack is 80lbs for 1 kayak and 110lbs for 2 kayaks, so if your kayaks surpass 55lbs each you'll need to use two racks.

Malone SeaWing Carriers
Malone SeaWing Carriers
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