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Rhino-Rack Nautic 581 Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Channel Mount

Rhino-Rack Nautic 581 Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Channel Mount

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Kathleen M says:

Yes, if you:

  • Struggle to lift your boat and have to lift one end to the roof and then push it the rest of the way into place
  • Have issues when loading your boat while wet and need the rubber cradles to stop and hold your boat securely
  • Have limited space between your roof rack and the top of your car

No, if you:

  • Have a roof rack without a channel in the top of the crossbars
Kayak carrier lets you load and carry 1 kayak on your roof rack crossbars. Fabric covers on rear saddles allow easy loading from the back of the vehicle. High-grip saddles hold your kayak securely in place. Mounts to most crossbars with C-channels. Lowest Prices for the best watersport carriers from Rhino Rack. Rhino-Rack Nautic 581 Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Channel Mount part number RR581 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 1-800-496-5010 for expert service.
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Rhino Rack Watersport Carriers

  • Kayak
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Saddle-Style
  • Rhino Rack
  • Track Mount
  • Rear Loading
  • No Load Assist

Kayak carrier lets you load and carry 1 kayak on your roof rack crossbars. Fabric covers on rear saddles allow easy loading from the back of the vehicle. High-grip saddles hold your kayak securely in place. Mounts to most crossbars with C-channels.


Features:

  • 4 Saddle-style cradles let you transport 1 kayak hull side down on your roof rack crossbars
    • Rhino-Rack Heavy-Duty crossbars require longer bolts (HD-FK1 - sold separately) to install
  • Spring-loaded rear cradles let 1 person easily load a kayak from the rear of a vehicle
    • Felt pads on cradles let kayak slide up and onto your crossbars
    • Cradle heads pivot to accommodate the various widths of the kayak as it's loaded
  • Rubber-padded front cradles with 3 flexible joints securely grip your hull
    • Soft rubber pads protect kayak hull from scratches and abrasions
  • 2 Load straps with a padded cam buckles secure kayak to your roof rack
  • 2 Bow/stern tie-downs anchor kayak to your vehicle
  • Easy installation on most crossbars with C-channels
  • UV-resistant, glass-reinforced nylon saddles and stainless steel hardware ensure durability
  • Built-in security hardware deters theft - leg bolts require special tool (included) to loosen


Specs:

  • Application: most crossbars with top channels
  • Minimum crossbar spread: 23-9/16"
  • Saddle surface area: 7-7/8" x 2-15/16"
  • Tie-down strap length: 9-3/4'
  • Bow/stern rope length: 18'
  • 5-Year limited warranty


581 Rhino Rack Nautic Roof-Mounted Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs - Rear Loading - C-Channel Mounts

Item # RR581

Installation Details RR581 Installation instructions



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Rhino-Rack Nautic 581 Kayak Roof Rack w/ Tie-Downs - Saddle Style - Channel Mount - RR581

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (49 Customer Reviews)

Kayak carrier lets you load and carry 1 kayak on your roof rack crossbars. Fabric covers on rear saddles allow easy loading from the back of the vehicle. High-grip saddles hold your kayak securely in place. Mounts to most crossbars with C-channels.

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Great product, fits the rack well and I don’t expect to have any issues with it.
Placed them on a 2016 Colorado with a bak flip topper and the Truxedo Rlevation rack system.




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Works great on my Ram truck. I pull a 5th wheel RV so I can’t use the truck bed for my kayaks. I bought the Rhino Rack roof rack from etrailer, as well. It is very easy to slide the kayak onto the roof with this carrier. Then I slide my second kayak on top of the first one. It is easy to do by myself, which is what I was looking for. I’d also like to give a shout-out to etrailer for their great customer service! They had both of these items in stock, and actually beat the price on Amazon.


Comments
Perfect. We RV full time and we’ve driven thousands of miles with 2 kayaks on the racks. We have had zero issues with the racks and they still look like new. I can install or remove the racks in less than 10 minutes.
Enrica - 07/13/2021


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I load our two sea kayaks from the rear, sliding them up over the trunk onto the crossbars and the cradles. I hang a strip of carpet down from the roof to enable me to do this.




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After owning and using for a year, this is a great product. I use it for my large fishing kayak. Easily adjustable. Durable. I’ve kept it on my car all year. I park uncovered. The plastic, felt, and rubber have held up to the sun exposure without issue.




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I recently purchased the Rhino rack below with these boat supports:
Rhino-Rack Nautic 581 Rear Loading Kayak Carrier - Saddle Style - Rear Loading - Channel Mount
Item # RR581

Also, I attached a Yakima Jaylow kayak carrier, all to a 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

On the 54 inch aero bars, I was able to carry a Hobie Compass Duo kayak (35" beam, carried flat on the Rhino pads) and West Marine Pompano 120 (28" beam, propped up as shown on the Jaylow racks). To have enough width, the Jaylows and the Rhino pads are mounted as far out as they can go, and the straps are looped back under the rack pillars on the car.

The bow and stern were secured with hood loops on each side (front diagonal straps on the Hobie), on the front placed under the hood where shown (this is the only place I could find a good metal-metal contact under the hood, and no electronics in the way), and in the back, tucked under the rear door.

We did a 500 mile round trip to the beach and back, with no problems at all with the mounts. Little noise, no movement. My only recommendation is to figure out some kind of load assist for the large tandem kayak, to make it easier if one of the folks loading is under 5'8" in height or so. We worked it out, but only after a few failed attempts (especially when the boat is wet, and loaders are tired).

Carol C at etrailer provided thoughtful, expert, and knowledgeable tech support for our purchase. Many thanks!




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My kayak does not have hard chines so it has a tendency to list during travel in this rack. After about 50-100 miles check the lines for tightness. With my boat this does not USUALLY reveal undue looseness but this tendency will probably vary depending on the configuration of the boat being tied down.




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The product seems to be great so far but it was VERY difficult to get the issue of an incomplete order shipped; there was no mounting hardware and I even sent great pictures of exactly what we got. The first request to that was asking me to tell them what i did not get! (Everything NOT in the PICTURE was not adequate english :)
The 3rd lady I spoke with (Mary) understood and was able to help me but in order to do so, I needed to place a new order on my credit card and then return the incorrect box with partial in it which I would not do until I recieved my replacement order a few weeks later.




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Great item. Holds Kayaks excellently. Easy install. And trailer continues to impress with excellent customer service. Items arrived sooner then estimated!


Comments
Have used it numerous times and works great. Easy to load and unload. We have a fifth wheel RV and this allows us to take our Kayaks where ever we go!
Rick - 05/14/2022


by:

Buying from etrailer is the ONLY way to go. The customer service is excellent from start to finish and afterwards if you need. This rack is a simple install and adjusts to many types of kayaks. Much less expensive then the others and high quality. I just completed a trip through a bad storm with no issues. So easy for me to load and secure


Comments
I still love it!
Lynne - 08/22/2021


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Mounted nicely. Instructions were a bit vague, but easy enough to figure out.




by:

Quality build and design. However had to grind the T-bolts to get them to fit in my Thule TracRac channels. Tight otherwise - have to use a small rubber mallet to move the saddles into position. Rear sliders only pivot side to side - not front to back. Cannot find a position where they make full contact on my OldTown Loon. Maybe strapping down tight in the hot sun will 'fire form' them. Tie down straps with rubber coated cam buckles are a nice touch.




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Kayak racks were very easy to install, now I just need to load the kayak and see how they hold up.


Comments
No issues yet.
Robert - 09/06/2021


by:

The folks at etrailer helped walk me through exactly which parts I needed for a saddle style kayak rack for my 2013 Taurus. I couldn't have ordered it without the help of customer service. In addition, the video for installation was also helpful, although I did need to read the directions thoroughly as well. Love my rack!




by:

Sturdy, hasn’t been removed from my car, I use it for a paddle board and a canoe, no issues. Looks very sleek. Easy install as well.




by:

So Far So Good! Easy to load/offload, synch straps secure kayak well.




by: 05/30/2022

These carriers worked perfectly. Simple to install and adjust. They keep the kayak nicely secured to the car rack.




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I've been using this product for the past year to carry my 10 foot pelican kayak, and is has done the job without any problems. The pads and provided tie-downs hold the kayak securely. Its easy to load the kayak by myself by sliding the kayak onto the holders from the rear. I also appreciate that it comes with a lockable plastic cover over the wing nut to deter would be thieves. This is a great product, and a great value compared to its competitors.


Comments
Its been another year, and the carrier is still working great. When you get the holders in the right position, the kayak stays secure
Brad F - 08/03/2018


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A year later and this kit is working fine. If you have a sit-on-top Kayak, these don't work very well, unless you really crank down the tension on the straps...not good for the kayak. We wound up flipping the kayak over and carrying it upside down. This seems to work well, but would be MUCH better with two of the rear felt holders instead of the front rubber holder. The felt holders go nice and snug up against the side of the kayak.

I'd buy a second set of the rear holders, but Rhino doesn't sell just the rear holders.




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Kayak loading and unloading are a breeze. Perfect for my kayak.




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Bought a Rhino Rack cross bar and kayak carrier. Contacted etrailer by phone to confirm the fit to my vehicle. Very helpful individual who let me know what was in stock. Both items were delivered in one week. Easily installed with very clear directions. Videos instructions on the web site are available and helpful.

Insalled the items and used them the next day to haul my kayak on a 700 mile round trip with no issues.

I would certainly use etrailer again.




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This is a great rack system, very easy to install




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Awesome product and service




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Racks are similar to the Thule glide-n-set, which is probably one of the best saddle designs for the Native Ultimates that I like to paddle. I like the locking covers and adjustments. Makes things easy on the Rhino Vortex bars.




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Easy to install and great quality. Definitely a must for kayaks.




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I use the RR581 to carry my 11.5', 75 lb., kayak. It's quite easy to slide the kayak into the carrier with the aid of a boatroller that attaches to the car with suction cups. The kayak is held on the carrier with four straps (included with the carrier). I'm quite happy with this purchase.



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