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Nucanoe Pursuit

PostPosted:Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:19 pm
by Fisher1979
Hey guys,

I think I am going to buy a kayak in next month...My question is : Can I SAFELY car top a Nucanoe Pursuit on a Honda civic? I understand it is not the easiest since it is heavy but is it really safe?! I saw one at austin kayak and it was huge.

Thank you

Re: Nucanoe Pursuit

PostPosted:Mon Jan 11, 2021 1:18 pm
by SWFinatic
I don't have any cartopping experience so I'll defer to others that do. That said I have seen a Pro Angler 14 on top of a pickup truck rack. If there's will there's usually a way. Welcome to the forum!

Re: Nucanoe Pursuit

PostPosted:Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:53 pm
by TexasJim
The question isn' t " CAN" you do it safely? The question is how long will you do that until you buy a trailer, a bigger vehicle, or a smaller, lighter kayak? The hardest part of car-topping a kayak is putting it on the vehicle AFTER you've paddled for miles. Lots of us here started out doing that and then changing to a different combination. Maybe you're big, young and strong, and can make it work. I'm none of those. Good luck! TexasJim

Re: Nucanoe Pursuit

PostPosted:Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:21 pm
by Fisher1979
SWFinatic wrote:I don't have any cartopping experience so I'll defer to others that do. That said I have seen a Pro Angler 14 on top of a pickup truck rack. If there's will there's usually a way. Welcome to the forum!


Thank you SWFinatic,
I have been waiting for a long time to be be approved :D

Re: Nucanoe Pursuit

PostPosted:Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:40 pm
by Fisher1979
TexasJim wrote:The question isn' t " CAN" you do it safely? The question is how long will you do that until you buy a trailer, a bigger vehicle, or a smaller, lighter kayak? The hardest part of car-topping a kayak is putting it on the vehicle AFTER you've paddled for miles. Lots of us here started out doing that and then changing to a different combination. Maybe you're big, young and strong, and can make it work. I'm none of those. Good luck! TexasJim


So you think once it is on the rack, the size and weight of the pursuit is not a problem for a small car?
I definitely am not big, nor strong lol
Do you think it will be as hard with one of these transport carts?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms_76_wL2RM

Thanks for the information

Re: Nucanoe Pursuit

PostPosted:Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:29 am
by Fishtolive
Yes, you can transport the kayak on the Honda Civic safely.
Look at the Old Videos of Key West Kayak fishing channel. He even transported the Hobie Adventure Island.
If you already have the crossbars then add two sets of Yakima Mako and some straps. That is all you need. Remember to tie down the both ends of Kayak too.

Re: Nucanoe Pursuit

PostPosted:Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:32 am
by Ciguatera
Absolutely.

I've topped all sorts of things on my Ford focus and driven 1000's of miles at highway speeds over the last few years. I've had up to a 16 ft canoe and have even squeezed 2 kayaks up there at once. I don't use any pads, but carry the boats upside down and lash securely to a cheap SportRack brand on the roof, and I have a support that fits to the receiver hitch in the rear that is homeade, but similar to this: https://www.amazon.com/Reese-Towpower-7018100-Canoe-Loader/dp/B0024FOTOW. The trick to loading is to lift the back half of the boat on the rear support first before doing the front.

I have a lightweight trailer that I'll pull if I need to carry a lot of junk, but I find that topping the boats makes things much simpler.

Re: Nucanoe Pursuit

PostPosted:Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:21 am
by SWFinatic
Fisher1979 wrote:
TexasJim wrote:The question isn' t " CAN" you do it safely? The question is how long will you do that until you buy a trailer, a bigger vehicle, or a smaller, lighter kayak? The hardest part of car-topping a kayak is putting it on the vehicle AFTER you've paddled for miles. Lots of us here started out doing that and then changing to a different combination. Maybe you're big, young and strong, and can make it work. I'm none of those. Good luck! TexasJim


So you think once it is on the rack, the size and weight of the pursuit is not a problem for a small car?
I definitely am not big, nor strong lol
Do you think it will be as hard with one of these transport carts?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms_76_wL2RM

Thanks for the information


Honestly that loading system in that video looks like a sh*& show. I understand your Civic is not as high profile as that SUV. Again you can make it work but I can see that method of transporting a kayak getting old fast. If you already have the crossbars on your car than you're half way there. If not consider buying a hitch for your car and getting a Harbor Freight trailer. You'd be looking at $600 ballpark. The ease of being able to pull your kayak right on a trailer is nice. You could also add a storage bin to the trailer to help store your stuff. Either way you will still need the leg/wheel transport cart on the back of the kayak. That will be handy to have.

Food for thought.

Re: Nucanoe Pursuit

PostPosted:Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:40 am
by JW FunGuy
I have in my past put 8 slalom kayaks on an old Subaru and like someone just posted, tie it down bow and stern and securely and you will be fine.
I also have been looking at the NuCanoe but the Frontier 12. And I don’t think their cart looks like a “Sh..t Show” I have loaded my Tarpon 120 on my Tundra that way using a regular cart under the stern and that looks even better and easier. The pain with turning over like he did is any rod holders etc. would have to be removed, but I’m sure you could do it up right just as well.

What I would do is go to ACK and see if you can use one of their Demo’s to load on your car and see how it is. And do about 50 push ups first to assimilate coming back from paddling into a headwind all the way back (isn’t that how it always works?)

Re: Nucanoe Pursuit

PostPosted:Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:03 pm
by SWFinatic
JW FunGuy wrote:I have in my past put 8 slalom kayaks on an old Subaru and like someone just posted, tie it down bow and stern and securely and you will be fine.
I also have been looking at the NuCanoe but the Frontier 12. And I don’t think their cart looks like a “Sh..t Show” I have loaded my Tarpon 120 on my Tundra that way using a regular cart under the stern and that looks even better and easier. The pain with turning over like he did is any rod holders etc. would have to be removed, but I’m sure you could do it up right just as well.

What I would do is go to ACK and see if you can use one of their Demo’s to load on your car and see how it is. And do about 50 push ups first to assimilate coming back from paddling into a headwind all the way back (isn’t that how it always works?)


JW I was referring to the process the guy in the video demonstrated of loading that NuCanoe on his SUV as being a sh*^ show not the cart. I like the cart NuCanoe has. In fact I stated he needed the cart in my comments.

Re: Nucanoe Pursuit

PostPosted:Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:16 pm
by Fisher1979
Fishtolive wrote:Yes, you can transport the kayak on the Honda Civic safely.
Look at the Old Videos of Key West Kayak fishing channel. He even transported the Hobie Adventure Island.
If you already have the crossbars then add two sets of Yakima Mako and some straps. That is all you need. Remember to tie down the both ends of Kayak too.


Thank you Fishtolive.

Re: Nucanoe Pursuit

PostPosted:Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:18 pm
by Fisher1979
Ciguatera wrote:Absolutely.

I've topped all sorts of things on my Ford focus and driven 1000's of miles at highway speeds over the last few years. I've had up to a 16 ft canoe and have even squeezed 2 kayaks up there at once. I don't use any pads, but carry the boats upside down and lash securely to a cheap SportRack brand on the roof, and I have a support that fits to the receiver hitch in the rear that is homeade, but similar to this: https://www.amazon.com/Reese-Towpower-7018100-Canoe-Loader/dp/B0024FOTOW. The trick to loading is to lift the back half of the boat on the rear support first before doing the front.

I have a lightweight trailer that I'll pull if I need to carry a lot of junk, but I find that topping the boats makes things much simpler.


Great product! I definitely will buy it.
Thank you for the information.

Re: Nucanoe Pursuit

PostPosted:Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:25 pm
by Fisher1979
SWFinatic wrote:
Fisher1979 wrote:
TexasJim wrote:The question isn' t " CAN" you do it safely? The question is how long will you do that until you buy a trailer, a bigger vehicle, or a smaller, lighter kayak? The hardest part of car-topping a kayak is putting it on the vehicle AFTER you've paddled for miles. Lots of us here started out doing that and then changing to a different combination. Maybe you're big, young and strong, and can make it work. I'm none of those. Good luck! TexasJim


So you think once it is on the rack, the size and weight of the pursuit is not a problem for a small car?
I definitely am not big, nor strong lol
Do you think it will be as hard with one of these transport carts?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms_76_wL2RM

Thanks for the information


Honestly that loading system in that video looks like a sh*& show. I understand your Civic is not as high profile as that SUV. Again you can make it work but I can see that method of transporting a kayak getting old fast. If you already have the crossbars on your car than you're half way there. If not consider buying a hitch for your car and getting a Harbor Freight trailer. You'd be looking at $600 ballpark. The ease of being able to pull your kayak right on a trailer is nice. You could also add a storage bin to the trailer to help store your stuff. Either way you will still need the leg/wheel transport cart on the back of the kayak. That will be handy to have.

Food for thought.


Will get the cart for sure.
Thank you for the time and information

Re: Nucanoe Pursuit

PostPosted:Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:31 pm
by Fisher1979
JW FunGuy wrote:I have in my past put 8 slalom kayaks on an old Subaru and like someone just posted, tie it down bow and stern and securely and you will be fine.
I also have been looking at the NuCanoe but the Frontier 12. And I don’t think their cart looks like a “Sh..t Show” I have loaded my Tarpon 120 on my Tundra that way using a regular cart under the stern and that looks even better and easier. The pain with turning over like he did is any rod holders etc. would have to be removed, but I’m sure you could do it up right just as well.

What I would do is go to ACK and see if you can use one of their Demo’s to load on your car and see how it is. And do about 50 push ups first to assimilate coming back from paddling into a headwind all the way back (isn’t that how it always works?)


Perfect! I am only 15-20 minutes away from chocolate bayou boat ramp, so now I know it is possible to do it safely!
I am happy as I got the answer I loved to hear :D I
Thank you JW FunGuy,

Re: Nucanoe Pursuit

PostPosted:Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:17 am
by SWFinatic
Fisher1979 wrote:
SWFinatic wrote:
Fisher1979 wrote:
So you think once it is on the rack, the size and weight of the pursuit is not a problem for a small car?
I definitely am not big, nor strong lol
Do you think it will be as hard with one of these transport carts?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms_76_wL2RM

Thanks for the information


Honestly that loading system in that video looks like a sh*& show. I understand your Civic is not as high profile as that SUV. Again you can make it work but I can see that method of transporting a kayak getting old fast. If you already have the crossbars on your car than you're half way there. If not consider buying a hitch for your car and getting a Harbor Freight trailer. You'd be looking at $600 ballpark. The ease of being able to pull your kayak right on a trailer is nice. You could also add a storage bin to the trailer to help store your stuff. Either way you will still need the leg/wheel transport cart on the back of the kayak. That will be handy to have.

Food for thought.


Will get the cart for sure.
Thank you for the time and information

Yes sir you're welcome congrats on getting you a NuCanoe.