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Perfect for naked roofs or for any roof rack configuration, these foam blocks provide a simple solution for carrying your kayak, SUP, or surfboard. Non-skid blocks provide a platform to hold your board or boat hull side down. Lowest Prices for the best watersport carriers from Swagman. Swagman Coastal Kayak Carrier - Foam Block Style part number S65156 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Swagman Watersport Carriers - S65156

  • Surfboard
  • Paddle Board
  • Canoe
  • Kayak
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Swagman
  • Foam Blocks
  • Factory Bars
  • Naked Roofs
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • No Load Assist
  • Side Loading
  • Non-Locking

Perfect for naked roofs or for any roof rack configuration, these foam blocks provide a simple solution for carrying your kayak, SUP, or surfboard. Non-skid blocks provide a platform to hold your board or boat hull side down.


  • 2 Rectangular foam blocks let you transport 1 kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or surfboard hull side down on your vehicle's roof
    • Fit most hull styles
    • Great for naked roofs and most roof rack crossbars
  • Laminated, anti-skid pads prevent blocks from shifting on vehicle's roof
  • Tie-down straps (S65137 - sold separately) secure canoe to your roof


  • Application: naked roofs and round, square, elliptical, and most factory crossbars
  • Capacity: 1 canoe, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or surfboard
  • Dimensions:
    • Overall length: 15-7/8"
    • Height at ends of block: 3-7/8"
    • Height at center of block: 2-1/2"
    • Overall width: 3-1/2"
  • Limited lifetime warranty


65156 Swagman Coastal Rooftop Foam Block Hull Pads

Video of Swagman Coastal Kayak Carrier - Foam Block Style

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Swagman Coastal Kayak Carrier Review

Today we're going to be reviewing the Swagman Coastal Kayak Carrier, part number S65156. The 2 rectangular foam blocks let you carry 1 Kayak, one stand-up paddle board, or one surf board on your vehicle's roof. It's great for your naked roof, as well as most crossbars, like your round, square, elliptical and most factory roof racks. The laminated anti-skid pads prevent the blocks from shifting on your vehicle's roof. The overall length is 15 7/8 inches. The height at each end is 3 7/8 inches.

The height at the center is 2 1/2 inches and the overall width is going to be 3 1/2 inches. Now that we've gone over some features, we'll show you how to get it installed. We're first going to open up the slit here, at the bottom, and place it over our crossbar. We're going to fit it around and make sure that the 2 pieces fit fully around the bar, and line up with the front piece. Now we're ready to load up our Kayak. After you've got your Kayak in place, now will be the time to tie it down, and you're ready to hit the road.

Now, if you need any straps for tie downs, we suggest the Swagman Cam Buckle Cinch Straps, part number S65137. Here, on our test course, we'll start by going through the solemn. This is going to show us the side to side action, which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole, or driving over uneven pavement.

Once we get to the full speed bumps, we'll see the up and down action. This will be just like driving in and out of a parking lot, garage, or driveway. That's going to complete our review of the Swagman Coastal Kayak Carrier, part number S65156.Speaker 2: You could find this, and everything else, right here at etrailer.com. What's up, man.

Customer Reviews

Swagman Coastal Kayak Carrier - Foam Block Style - S65156

Average Customer Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars   (6 Customer Reviews)

Perfect for naked roofs or for any roof rack configuration, these foam blocks provide a simple solution for carrying your kayak, SUP, or surfboard. Non-skid blocks provide a platform to hold your board or boat hull side down.

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Have only had the opportunity to use this one time so far. The carriers fit on the crossbars well and the kayak sat on the carriers very well. The only problem I encountered was that the carriers had a tendency to slid along the crossbars. I added some two sided tape and this solved the problem. Very happy with product. 399058


The carriers have held up very well. I leave them on the crossbars all the time and there has no decomposing. Very happy with purchase.

Bill S - 07/05/2018


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I like etrailer, they are excellent with the videos and product descriptions. Concerning the product, expensive but probably a low volume item. I plan to use them to carry a kayak on top of a pop-up camper. I have assembled them to check the fit to the camper and my expectations have been met. 465793

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The product looks great fits well and I can’t wait to use them but I have to order my Kayak first so that might be a few weeks. Will be glad to review again when I am able to use them. I ordered them ahead so I would be able to transport it if I purchased it at a box store or found a local deal. 500092

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It shipped quickly and is in perfect condition. One really great thing is that there was minimal packaging....much less shipping waste. Thank you! I am sure the landfill and the oceans appreciate that too! 710608

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Overall this is a great product and it supports my NDK Explorer well. The only issue I have is the opening where the pad attaches to my TracRac bars is too small so I have to stretch it to make it fit. Once I get the pads on the rack bars the pads do not move, which is excellent. 640378

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These foam blocks are perfect for what I needed to haul my kayak. Fit both my cross bar & work w/o racks on my bare van roof. 391635


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  • The Malone AirFlow2 Roof Rack - Aero Crossbars # MPG215 are a confirmed fit for your 2017 Toyota 4Runner. You can use the roof rack without kayak cradle, but it isn't the best option. At the very least, I recommend the Swagman Coastal Kayak Carrier - Foam Block Style # S65156 along with the Swagman Cam Buckle Cinch Straps - 1" x 10' - Qty 2 # S65137. This is the bare minimum to avoid direct contact and to soften the ride a little. A better option for a cost effective carrier that...
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  • How To Carry Kayaks On 2015 Ford Escape With Naked Roof and Moonroof
  • Yes, the Swagman Coastal Kayak Carrier part # S65156 can be used on the naked roof of the 2015 Ford Escape with moonroof as long as you do not put the foam block directly on the glass. If your moonroof is small enough to where you can place the blocks on either side of it and the kayak does not touch the glass you are good to go. You will need cam buckle cinch straps part # S65137 to tie the kayaks down. If your kayak is larger you may consider adjustable SportRack part # SR5527 to accommodate...
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  • Ladder Rack and Tonneau Cover Combination for 2018 Ford F-150 Short Box for Kayak Transport
  • Thank you for all the details on your desired setup. In my opinion nothing compares to the combination of the TracRac SR adjustable ladder rack and BAK Revolver hard tonneau cover. Both of these are outstanding products and they are fully compatible with each other on your F-150 short box. The USA-made TracRac SR sliding ladder rack # TH43002XT-508 has a 1250-lb weight rating and includes adjustable load stops. This rack gives you the wide crossbar stance and weight capacity you...
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  • SportRack Foam Block Roof Kayak Carrier Install on 2006 Ford Taurus with Moonroof
  • I looked up pictures of a 2006 Ford Taurus like yours that has a moon roof and it looks like the best place to put the front foam block of the # S65156 is in front of the moon roof. If you put the front ones behind it the kayak would end up angle nose high quite a bit and there wouldn't be much room for the rear block. This is a universal install and you have a vehicle that may have a diminished roof capacity because of the moon roof so you will need to use your best judgment. I also...
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  • Surfboard Carrier Options for 2016 Ford Fusion
  • To transport your two surf boards on an Aero style roof rack like the Rhino-Rack 2500-Series racks, shown on the linked page along with all options for your Fusion, I suggest using one of the pad or block style surf board carriers shown on the other linked page. As an example, Rhino-Rack offers their pad and tie-down kit # RRRWP05 which includes a set of two 33-1/2-inch long crossbar pads along with tie downs. Other sizes are offered too and similar products are available from Thule,...
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  • Roof Kayak Carrier Recommendation for a 2014 Honda Odyssey EX-L with Moon Roof
  • Foam block carriers such as Swagman Coastal Kayak Carrier - Foam Block Style Item # S65156 are designed as a temporary, short-distance solution to carry a kayak. On a van that has sliding side doors they wouldn't work because on a naked roof it would require running straps through the interior of the vehicle. You would instead need a roof rack for your van. I can make some recommendations if you can tell me the year, make, and model of the van.
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  • Kayak and SUP Carrying Options for 2011 Ram 2500 with Hard Tonneau Cover
  • Thank you for the photo of your Ram's hard tonneau cover on which you wish to transport a kayak and/or stand-up-paddleboard (SUP). You have several ways to go here. The easiest lowest-cost option is to use foam block style carriers like # S65156 which can rest directly on the cover without the weight and expense of a rack. These foam blocks can also be used on rack bars if you prefer. No permanent modifications to your cover are required. We also offer a vacuum cup carrier from SeaSucker,...
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  • Padding Needed for Carrying Kayak with Load Extender
  • We do have a variety of options to help protect your kayak. These range from the foam blocks # S65156 that you referenced to the linked page of crossbar pads like the Yakima part # Y07412 which are 20" long. If you can let me know what load extender you are using I can make more of a specific recommendation.
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  • What are the Measurements of Swagman Foam Block Kayak Carrier
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled Swagman Coastal Kayak Carrier # S65156 to measure it. The length is 15-7/8 inches. At the ends it is 3-7/8 inches tall. At the center it is 2-1/2 inches tall. And it is 3-1/2 inches wide. This set of blocks does not come with straps so you would need to add some, # S65137. Since you are supposed to tie down the front and rear of a board or kayak, ding so would also hold the pads down in place so you would not have to run straps through the vehicle.
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  • Recommended Canoe Carrier for a Toyota Tundra with a Naked Roof
  • Since your Tundra probably does not have a roof rack on the roof, then the Swagman Coastal Kayak Carrier Foam Block Rooftop Canoe Carrie, # S65156, is a great option for you. The Swagman foam blocks will give you two foam cushioned spots to rest the canoe on the roof of the Tundra. The carrier also includes tie-down straps to secure both bow and stern of the canoe to your vehicle.
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  • Compatibility of 2015 Subaru Outback Factory Bars & Rooftop Kayak Carrier Systems
  • Many roof kayak carriers are not capable of mounting to the typically larger-profile OEM factory roof rack bars on vehicles like your 2015 Subaru Outback. But we do offer a range that are compatible with factory crossbars. The link at right will show you all kayak carriers that will fit OEM roof crossbars. For example, Thule's Stacker # TH830 can hold up to 4 kayaks and it is shown in the linked video. For the absolutely lowest-cost option I suggest you consider a foam block type...
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  • Aero Roof Rack and Watersport & Bike Roof Carriers for 2019 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
  • Thank you for providing all the helpful details about your truck and your camping plans. I can help you with a cost-effective quality roof rack and carriers to let you do everything you want. I recommend the Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero roof rack made of parts # RRVA137B-2, # RRRLKVA and # DK174. I recommend this rack because it costs substantially less than competing rack products from Thule but gives up little in terms of quality and styling. The clamp-on Vortex roof rack features the quiet...
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  • Roof Rack and Kayak Carrier Recommendation for Rockwood Hard Side Pop Up
  • I pulled up pictures of your Rockwood Hard Side Pop-up camper and when the camper is in the down position you could have a roof rack like the Swagman Roamer LT Roof Rack for Pop-Up Campers and Camper Shells # S80510 installed on it as it more or less has a standard pop up roof when down. Only real difference is that when it is up it has an A shape. To carry the kayaks on this roof rack I recommend the Swagman Foam Block Kayak Carriers, part # S65156. These foam blocks fit over the...
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  • Surfboard Carrier for 2017 Prius Prime with Naked Roof
  • We can help you get your Prius Prime set for the surf. Since Thule, Yakima and Rhino-Rack do not yet offer aftermarket roof racks for your 2017 Prius Prime's naked roof your best bet for surf board transport is the Swagman Coastal Surfboard Carrier # S65156. This foam block carrier is inexpensive, lightweight and allows you to retain the car's normal appearance when you're not heading to the beach. The two linked videos will show you the features and installation of this carrier system.
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  • Bike and Canoe Carrier Options for Jayco 12HW Pop-Up Camper Trailer
  • We offer specialized roof racks made just for pop-up camper trailers like your Jayco 12HW and we also offer RV bike racks in several varieties. As a starting point I suggest you confirm the weight rating for the camper top. An average adult bike can weigh 35-lbs or more, so 4 or 5 bikes along with a canoe can present a significant weight load for the camper's top. A great-value camper rack comes from Swagman, their Roamer LT Roof Rack for Pop-Up Campers # S80510. This square bar...
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  • Best Kayak Carriers for 2017 Honda HR-V EX with Bare Roof
  • Foam block type kayak carriers like the Coastal # S65156 from Swagman and similar carriers from other makers sometimes include some tie down straps, which absolutely should be installed on both bow and stern ends of the kayaks. Since the Coastal happens to be sold without straps you will definitely need an item like their 10-foot Cam Buckle Cinch Straps # S65137 or the 16-foot Yakima Cinch Straps # Y05006 that you referenced in your question. Using two sets of straps is not a bad idea either. Foam...
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  • Kayak Carrier Options for 2013 Ford Escape with Factory Crossbars and Moonroof
  • When it comes to matters of weight capacity the vehicle manufacturer always gets the final word. If Ford engineers have determined that the crossbars on the moonroof-equipped 2013 Escape have a maximum weight capacity of 45-lbs then we cannot recommend exceeding that limit by carrying two 40-50-lb kayaks. We can offer a safer solution for you if your Escape is equipped with a 2-inch hitch. We offer lightweight trailers such as the Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer # Y08106. This trailer functions...
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  • Methods to Transport Two 47-lb Kayaks on 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Your two 47-lb kayaks' combined weight is near 100-lbs and this may be approaching the limit for your Subaru Outback's roof. I suggest checking your owner's manual (or with your local dealership) to confirm how much weight the car's roof can safely handle. Naturally, this limit cannot be exceeded. If you do find your kayak load is very close to the car's limit you can save on some weight by using a foam block type carrier like the Swagman Coastal # S65156. Foam block kayak carriers offer...
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  • Recommended Carriers for 2 Bikes and 2 Kayaks on 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
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  • Roof Rack & Kayak Carrier Options for 2011 Toyota Highlander Carrying Hobie Revolution 11 Kayaks
  • The specs for the Hobie Cat Mirage Revolution 11 kayak show a rigged weight of 81-lbs and a fitted hull weight of a still-substantial 64-lbs, so two of these very nice kayaks could put a total weight load on your Highlander that is near or at its maximum roof weight capacity. This is something you will want to check in your Toyota owner's manual. Note also that if you use rack-mount kayak carriers these too add weight load to the vehicle. The total combined weight of everything on the roof...
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  • Roof Rack and Kayak Carrier Recommendation for a 2012 Mini Cooper Carrying an Old Kayak
  • The roof rack that you will want to use on your new 2012 Mini Cooper is the Rhino-Rack # RRRS721B. It has a great factory look to it. You can lay your old kayak directly on the roof rack, but I recommend using some sort of padding such as the Swagman Foam Blocks, # S65156, or an even better option would be a j-style carrier such as Swagman Contour J-Style Carrier, # S65148. The j-style carrier comes with straps, but the foam blocks do not. If you choose the foam blocks, then you...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Roof Rack Recommendations for a 2014 Subaru Forester
  • An aftermarket trailer hitch will be much more versatile than the Class I Subaru trailer hitch and usually ends up costing you less money. Knowing what I do about that Subaru hitch I can say that if I had a 2014 Subaru Forester I would install an aftermarket hitch for sure for those reasons. If you will be using the hitch primarily for a bike rack then you won't have to get the biggest, baddest hitch available. That is why I recommend Draw-Tite hitch # 36523. This is a Class II trailer...
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  • Parts Needed for Transporting 2 14-Foot Kayaks on 2010 Toyota Tacoma with Factory Roof Rack
  • We can get you set for hauling your two 14-foot kayaks on your Tacoma. A hitch-mounted load support system like the Darby # DTA944 is the way to go. Since you already have a roof rack on the truck's cab you'll simply insert the extender into a 2-inch hitch, either a rear-mounted hitch or a front-mounted one like # 31313. If you need tie-down straps to secure the kayaks you might consider 4-piece ratcheting strap set # EM31352 from Erickson. You can also add two of the Darby Foam...
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  • Kayak and Paddle Board Carriers for 2016 Honda Civic Sedan with Naked Roof
  • We do have kayak and paddle board carrying options you can use right now, and without having to install a roof rack. The Swagman Coastal # S65156 is a foam block type carrier that can be used on your Civic's bare roof. This cost-effective carrier works for both kayaks and paddle boards; it is lightweight and easy to install as shown in the linked videos. I recommend you review your owner's manual to confirm that your kayak and paddle board together will not exceed the roof's weight-carrying...
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  • Recommended 2-Kayak Carrier for Use on Factory Roof Rack Crossbars on 2015 Subaru Outback
  • We offer both individual kayak carriers like the Swagman Coastal # S65156 that you referenced and 2-kayak carriers that will fit the factory roof crossbars on your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon. I've linked the page showing you four options in a 2-kayak carrier that will fit factory bars. Using one carrier will slightly reduce the weight load on the roof, by eliminating the weight of a complete second carrier. This may be an important consideration depending on the vehicle's roof weight...
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  • Options for Transporting Kayaks on 2014 Chevy Equinox with Raised Roof Side Rails
  • We can help you with options for transporting your kayaks on your 2014 Chevrolet Equinox that has front-to-back roof rails but not crossbars. If you are looking to take the two kayaks just down local roads to a nearby pond, for example, you may want to consider the most inexpensive option, foam block type carriers that do not even require a roof rack. These rest directly on the roof and are a great cost-effective solution if you're not doing highway driving with the boats and so long...
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  • Roof Rack & Canoe and Kayak Carriers for 2010 Toyota Highlander with Raised Factory Side Roof Rails
  • Square-bar roof racks generally offer the advantages of being lower in cost and having the broadest compatibility with accessory items like kayak carriers. Aero bars are more costly but are indeed quieter. Thing is, by the time you add kayak and/or canoe carriers, and the boats themselves, you've got so much stuff on your roof that can make noise that the benefit of the quieter Aero bars may not be evident. With that said, the cost of some Aero racks like the Rhino-Rack Vortex system,...
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  • Kayak Carrier Recommendation for a 2014 Kia Optima with a Naked Roof
  • The Swagman Coastal Kayak Carrier part # S65156 will fit on to naked roofs like what you have on your 2014 Kia Optima so it would work well to carry your 10 foot kayak. This is a great, economic way to carry a kayak without having to also install an expensive roof rack. For straps you will need the # S65137 as well. Be sure to check the owners manual of your Optima to determine the roof capacity.
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  • Recommendation to Carry Canoe on 2017 Ram 1500 When Towing Trailer
  • I have a great solution for transporting your 15 foot canoe on your 2017 Ram 1500 when towing a trailer. I recommend looking at the Erickson Truck Bed Ladder Rack # EM07705. This rustproof aluminum ladder rack will simply clamp onto the bedside rails on your truck to provide crossbars for securing your canoe. It has a weight capacity of 800 pounds and sliding load stops to help keep your cargo in place. I have attached a demonstration video on this product for you to check out. Note...
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