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Thule Hull-A-Port Kayak Carrier w/Tie-Downs - J-Style - Fixed - Side Loading

Thule Hull-A-Port Kayak Carrier w/Tie-Downs - J-Style - Fixed - Side Loading

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These J-style cradles let you transport 1 kayak on its side on your roof-rack crossbars. Compact and easy to install, the design won't take up too much space on your roof. And tie-down straps are included to secure the kayak to your crossbars. Lowest Prices for the best watersport carriers from Thule. Thule Hull-A-Port Kayak Carrier w/Tie-Downs - J-Style - Fixed - Side Loading part number TH834 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Thule Watersport Carriers - TH834

  • Kayak
  • Roof Mount Carrier
  • Thule
  • J-Style
  • Aero Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Clamp On
  • No Load Assist
  • Side Loading
  • Non-Locking

These J-style cradles let you transport 1 kayak on its side on your roof-rack crossbars. Compact and easy to install, the design won't take up too much space on your roof. And tie-down straps are included to secure the kayak to your crossbars.


Features:

  • J-style carrier lets you transport 1 kayak on your vehicle's roof-rack crossbars
    • Wide cradle mouths make it easy for 1 person to load and unload a kayak
    • Compact design leaves plenty of space on your crossbars for carrying other gear
  • Quick on/off hardware makes it easy to install and remove
  • Adjustable padding lets you customize cradle contact points with your kayak
  • 2 Tie-down straps with padded buckles and 1 set of bow/stern tie-downs included for securing your kayak
  • AllSurface rust-resistant coating on steel tubing and hardware ensures durability
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Carrying capacity: 1 kayak up to 36" wide
    • Works with composite and plastic hulls
  • Weight capacity: 75 lbs
  • Application: round, square, elliptical, aero and most factory crossbars
    • Requires THXADAPT11 (sold separately) when mounting carrier on Thule Aeroblade or WingBar Evo crossbars
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Kayak enthusiasts will appreciate the simplicity of the Thule Hull-A-Port - an inexpensive, easy-to-install solution for transporting your watercraft on your roof-rack crossbars.


Thule Hull-A-Port wide profile

With a wide profile capable of holding a kayak up to 36" wide, these J-style cradles make it easy for one person to load and unload a kayak. And since the cradles hold your kayak on its side, it takes up less room on your crossbars than saddle-style carriers, leaving plenty of space for you to carry more gear.


Thule Hull-A-Port universal mounting hardware

The Hull-A-Port fits most crossbar styles with the included universal mounting hardware. These brackets and hand knobs tighten around your crossbars in seconds for a simple, hassle-free installation.


Thule Hull-A-Port adjustable padding

The J-style cradles include adjustable pads that slide up and down the upright arms. This allows you to customize the position of their four touch points to better support your kayak. These pads strengthen the cradles and protect your kayak's hull from scratches and abrasions.


Thule Hull-A-Port tie-down straps and bow/stern tie-downs

Two tie-down straps with padded buckles are provided for you to strap your kayak to your crossbars. And a set of bow/stern tie-downs also is included to anchor the front and back of your kayak to your vehicle. Typically the bow/stern tie-downs will attach to the bumpers or hitch on your vehicle. Adapters are available to make it easier to attach the bow/stern tie-downs.


The Hull-A-Port is constructed of steel tubing with a rust-resistant AllSurface coating that ensures durability.



834 Thule Hull-a-Port J-Style Roof Mounted Kayak Carrier; replaces 835XTR

Installation Details TH834 Installation instructions



Video of Thule Hull-A-Port Kayak Carrier w/Tie-Downs - J-Style - Fixed - Side Loading

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




Video Transcript for Thule Hull-A-Port Kayak Carrier with Tie-Downs Review

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the Thule Hull-A-Port. This is a J style, fixed, side loading kayak carrier with tie downs. Part number is TH834. Now with its simple, sturdy design, the Hull-A-Port receives a lot of great customer reviews. Reading through there, they talk about how sturdy it is, how it handles highway speeds with no real issue or movement, and just overall, customers remain very satisfied with the design.Now the Hull-A-Port's going to be a single J hook style kayak carrier. It's very straightforward and simply designed, but very, very effective.

As you can see, our kayak's really nice and secure. We've got plenty of padding around . which we'll take a look at in a minute . to keep our kayak protected, so it's really, really good bang for the buck.It has a smaller design as well. It's not going to be one of the very big large style kayak carriers.

This will allow you to either use two of them to carry multiple kayaks, or to attach other accessories. Maybe you want to take a bike or a cargo box or something like that. You should have room on the other side for that.Now not only is the Hull-A-Port very secure, but it also offers a lot of protection. You can see here where the hull is going to make contact with the back part of our J. We have the adjustable pad here, so we can move that up or down, so where it makes contact, we have maximum protection.On the base that our kayak's going to rest in here ...

it sits right down here on the top . we've got a really nice rubber pad. This not only is going to give protection against scratching and things, but it also helps to absorb some of the shock and things we get as we head down the road. If you look at the front side here on the J portion of our hooks, you can see the really thick foam pads. Again, just offering some protection.

It's going to keep our kayak looking nice, and prevent it from getting scratched during transportation.Thule's done a great job also protecting the Hull-A-Port. These steel tubes here are going to be nice and sturdy, but those, as well as the mounting hardware, have the all-surface corrosion resistance protection. Since these are going to be spending a lot of time around the water and things like that, it will make sure we don't have to worry about that corrosion quite as bad as what we do on some others.Now this has been designed to fit the Aero crossbars like what we have here from Thule. If you want to use the T track slot to mount it, there is an adapter available for that. This is also going to fit on the round crossbars, square crossbars, most of your factory crossbars. The only real fit issue we have is with the Rhino Rack Aero style crossbar. For that, the T slot adapter is going to be the way to go.Something else that's you're going to like about the system, that it's pretty easy to take on and off. At each location we've got four knobs that you remove to take the J hook completely off the vehicle. So this isn't one of those roof rack items that you're going to dread removing if you need to.The Hull-A-Port's also been designed to work with a wide variety of kayaks. The width we can go up to is all the way up to 36 inches. The kayaks can weigh up to 75 pounds, and it's going to work out really well whether you've got the composite style hull or the plastic.Now when comparing the Hull-A-Port to other kayak carriers, our customers typically look at something like part number S510. It's going to be the Rhino Rack J style kayak carrier, or something like the Thule Stacker, part number TH830. The Rhino Rack is almost identical in how it attaches to your vehicle and how it installs. I think the Hull-A-Port is just going to offer some more padding.Now as far as the Stacker goes, it's going to give you the ability to carry additional kayaks, so you can carry two rather than just one in our Thule J hook style, although it doesn't offer the same protection as what we see in the Hull-A-Port, so if multiple kayaks are your goal, it might be a better option.Now we're going to be installing the Hull-A-Port on our Thule Aero crossbars. We're going to choose our longer bolts, and we've got four locations for these to go down through. You just want to make sure that that squared off portion of that bolt fits down into the square holes. Now we can place this on our crossbar with two of the bolts being towards the back, two to the front, and our J hook towards the outside of the vehicle. The bottom of it is contoured. That's to help us with different styles of bars so we can get it leveled out. You just want to adjust it front and back there until you have your level position. Take a look, kind of check it out front and back to make sure you've got them even.Now we can take the rubber coated metal lower portion of the clamp. It's going to go around the bottom side of our crossbar, up on those bolts that we brought through. You can see we've got our knobs there. We'll just get those threaded on. We'll just gently snug those down, leaving them just about hand tight. Take a look to make sure you have both sections in line with each other, and then we'll secure our knobs. And you can see once installed, it's going to be really nice and solid, not a lot of movement or play there.Now as we load the kayak, we want the hull portion or the bottom portion of the kayak to be facing the taller side of our hooks. Place that in. We'll rotate it so it's cradled nicely and our hull is sitting as far back against those hooks as it can. You can see here, as the kayak's resting against our pads, this one's in perfect spaced, right there to where it's making contact in the middle. This one maybe is a little low, so we can just bring that up.Now to secure our kayak to both the J hook and crossbars, we're going to use the provided straps. There's a good amount of length here, so you're going to have plenty, and we want to go over the top of our kayak, through the top of the J hook, and then back over towards the front. We'll bring that up so our cam buckle's about midway. We're going to bring that right around the bottom of the crossbar, and then we'll feed the tag end through the back side of the cam buckle there, and we can begin to take out our slack. Now we'll pull down on the strap while we pull up on the bottom portion. We just want to make sure we get all the slack out of it here. And with that nice and secure, we can take the protective cover and bring it around that metal, giving us further protection. The excess, you'll just tidy that up.Now we want to repeat that same process for our forward hook. Now for added safety, Thule also includes a bow and a stern tie down. We're going to have a hook. That's going to go on the handle of the carrier, and you can see here on the rear we've just attached this to the receiver safety chain connection point. Thule also offers a quick loop attachment. This is part number TH530. It's going to come as a two pack, so you could have one for the front and the back, depending on your application. We're going to show you how to use this up on the front when we secure the bow.Now these are meant to work in any of the crease areas, so in our case we're going to be up here on the hood. I'm just going to pop that open. We're going to place that in so that when we close the hood, it's not going to be smashed. I wouldn't put it right here because then we're going to be smashing that. But we set it a little bit further in just like that. There's plenty of room for it, and we simply close, and that's going to give us a nice attachment point that we can use right here for the front.Again, we'll just bring our hook through our loop, bring that through the quick loop, and then secure. And that's going to complete our look at the Thule Hull-A-Port, part number TH834.


Customer Reviews

Thule Hull-A-Port Kayak Carrier w/Tie-Downs - J-Style - Fixed - Side Loading - TH834

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (41 Customer Reviews)

These J-style cradles let you transport 1 kayak on its side on your roof-rack crossbars. Compact and easy to install, the design won't take up too much space on your roof. And tie-down straps are included to secure the kayak to your crossbars.

- TH834
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My wife & I have always used Thule products & have always been satisfied. She loves these carriers, easy for her to load & unload the kayak. Gonna purchase another real soon. 386214



- TH834
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Very happy with purchasing from etrailer. Missed out on Labor Day sale by a couple days. But when I asked they honored the sale price anyhow. J racks are great too! 564030



- th834
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This product was perfect for what I needed. I used this carrier along with the Thule Glide and Set to carry two kayaks and enjoyed using this system way more. What I liked most was how easy it was to load and unload the kayak from the side of my jeep. It was also a bit easier to install too because there was only two pieces, where as the Glide and Set took a couple times to get it adjusted to fit the hull of the kayak correctly. I also liked the way the straps tied around the kayak. The only thing I wish this system would have came with is the ratcheting pulleys like with the Thule Glide and Set. 180342



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The Thule Hull-A-Port is a great quality j-style kayak carrier. I feel like my kayak sits very secure in the arms of this carrier. The carrier mounted easily around the Thule AreoBlade Crossbars on my 2015 Jeep Patriot. The padding on the back of the carrier slides up and down for you to position the padding at the best spot for your kayak. I was also happy to find that I could fully open my hatch with my 9-1/2 foot kayak in the carrier. I did find that the bow and stern straps wanted to make contact with my vehicle. I decided to put the Thule Quick Loops under the hood closer to my windshield instead of at the front of my vehicle. I also put a protective piece of cloth (I used a canvas bag) at the Quick Loop at the back of my vehicle to protect my hatch from the stern tie-down. 217489



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I purchased the Thule Hull-A-Port Kayak Carrier a year ago and have used it to transport my kayak. It attaches easily to a the rail frame of most vehicles. I've found the product to be well designed to hold the kayak firmly and safely at highway speeds. I would recommend this product to anyone who has a cargo frame rail on their vehicle and needs to transport a kayak. 545412



- TH834
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This fits 2018 Outback with no issues at all. Comes with all straps and extra for front and back tie down. First time putting them on took about 30min. Every time after about 10-15min. Have a 10 and 11ft kayak and they work perfectly. Etrailer was quick on responses, better priced, and shipped quickly. Will use them again. 516265



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Arrived quickly and was very easy to assemble and attach to the roof of my Jeep. Now that I have the initial setup complete with the proper placement of the entire system, attaching and removing the kayaks will be a breeze. Will definitely make hauling our kayaks much easier and safer. 228435


Comments
what size yak?
-- comment by: Max - 02/26/2016

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I have Emotion Comets, they are approximately 8 feet 2 inches long, and about 2 feet 7 inches wide. They fit very well in the carriers, and have traveled many, many miles without any problems and without coming loose. Since these Yaks are not all that long I have not used a bow and stern tie down,,, again I have not experienced any looseness or movement of the two Yaks foregoing the extra bow and stern tie downs.
-- comment by: Bruce - 02/29/2016

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- TH834
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This product is excellent. I have transported my kayak on these J Hooks several times going 70+ mph down the highway. It never moves. The bolts that come with it are short. If you have a thick roof rack, you will need longer stainless steel bolts. Make sure you you orient the blue straps with the buckle on top so you can pull down to tighten it up. 294774



- TH834
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While the quality & construction of the Thule Hull-a-port 834 kayak racks are excellent, I did have some issues with the method recommended for attaching them to my Thule Wingbar Evo bars. Although I was told the components were compatible, I was not told that an adapter kit was required which involved attaching each section with 36 small parts (bolts, nuts, washers, etc). Nothing rapid about this. The good news was, etrailer's customer service was excellent, and they arranged for me to return the kayak rack & purchase the Hull-a-port XT 848 instead. 735069



- TH834
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only gave a 3 star because i have not used wating for summer 592935



- TH834
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Bought the Thule AeroBlade and all the fittings recommended by etrailer earlier this summer. Everything fits perfect, was easy to install, and looks really great on the car. 565394



- TH834
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This carrier shipped on time to me and was new. All the parts were included for my vehicle with easy assembly. I have not mounted it yet or used it, but mounting it appears to be simple. 562191



- TH834
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I think the Thule Hulaport kayak racks are the best, most secure way to transport your kayaks. I had these on my Xterra and hauled two kayaks up to Cape Bretton park in Nova Scotia, Canada from Connecticut, USA no problem. We were even able to store gear in the kayaks for the trip. I’m so excited to have them for my Crosstrek. Highly recommend these! 520019



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I received these items along with another order in a large box which protected the items nicely. I am impressed how easy these go onto my Aero blades by Thule. They make caring my Kayaks much safer than the after market brand I had before. The straps that come with them are very sturdy and provide extra hold for my kayaks. I traveled on a highway at speeds reaching 70 and my kayaks didn't budge! Felt very solid. 505079



- TH834
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I am thrilled with the Hull-a-port system. Unfortunately, my husband hurt his back so we weren't able to use them to kayak on Lake Chatuge during the eclipse but we have set a kayak date for labor day to try them out. They were easy to install and will do the trick for hauling our ‘yaks! The info and video you provided were super helpful. Thanks so much! 425169



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I purchased two sets of Thule Hull-A- Port Carrier with Tie-Downs (J-Style, fixed side - loading) last year. They have been installed on our Subaru Outback all of this summer. I like that they are easy to install, easy to use, well built, and that Outback fits under a standard garage door with them installed. Its a snap to pop the kayaks on and go! If you paddle longer boats (my kayaks are 14, 14.5 and 15 feet long) I recommend getting the Thule Bow/Stern Tie Downs (TH530) for convenient temporary bow & stern tie down points, without crawling under the vehicle to attach to the frame. 414037



- TH834
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These racks fit my 2012 Subaru Outback factory crossbars and securely carried two 12-foot kayaks on a long interstate road trip. I had struggled in the past with a different brand of J-style kayak carrier on these racks that didn't quite get as tight as you'd like and thus moved a little bit on the racks in strong crosswinds. Install is straightforward and involves good old fashioned knuckle-busting to turn screw-grips by hand to tighten them down enough, but they got the job done well for me. 401960



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Neither of the products worked as the salesperson said they would. The 2 sets of boat racks that I bought did not hold stand up paddle boards, and the bike racks did not work with my Thule roof rack. Over a thousand dollars worth of stuff gathering dust in my garage. 402587



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Still in great condition after a year, would definitely recommend. 397995



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Arrived as promised. Bought this rack to fit my Thule square bars on top of the Jeep. I did a quick fit to make sure it fit, it did. Will be sure to update after my first trip with the kayaks in tow! 395754



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Great kayak carriers! We use 2 sets on our 2012 Subaru Outback for 2, 10 ft kayaks. Super lightweight, easy to install. I like that it came with straps and step by step instructions. The kayaks definitely feel secure when they are on. We used these several times this last year and have never had an issues. If I had to pick out a couple of things to say on the downside, it's be that sometimes it does take some tweaking to get it on straight and you have to have a good eye to ensure they are aligned. But, it isn't hard at all, just took some practice, like anything else. The ropes that go from the front of the kayak to the front of the car are too short for my "long-nosed" Outback. Overall, awesome!! 350801



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Installed these on top of the Yakima BedRock rails. Works just fine. The instructions that come with the kayak carriers are terrible. I don't know why they bother. I basically had to figure out the installation on my own. Yes, the installation is not complicated by any means but the instructions are so bad that they actually sent me down the wrong path trying to interpret them. Ironically, I would have given these a higher rating if Thule had supplied no instructions. 335865



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Easy attachment and kayaks sit solidly on them. 335176



- TH834
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Excellent high quality rack! Quick shipping with great packaging to prevent damage. Absolutely the best pricing around. Etrailer.com web page made it easy to figure out what racks and kits were needed for my vehicle. Highly recommended! 333142


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