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I'm getting a kayak soon and while I know that the primary tie down is to the roof rack itself, I am adding tie down spots in the front and rear as an extra security measure.

 

For the front I am looking to use a spot where the fender attaches to the body and in the rear I am looking to use a spot where the trunk lid attaches to the body as well.

 

Has anyone used these spots? If not, can anyone recommend a different tie down spot?

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... I know that the primary tie down is to the roof rack itself ...

What roof rack? Isn't this a 2015 Legacy we're talking about?

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Whether you need front and rear tie-downs depends on hull length. I have 9' and 12' sit-in kayaks, and they're well secured with Thule Hull-A-Port folding J cradles. I relocated the rear crossbar to the alternate rear-most position, and that helps, as does using cockpit covers to minimize turbulence. I would want tie-downs with 14' or longer hulls. I initally used tie-downs and the rears were hooked to the safety chain slots on my hitch. The point you show is rather high. If you don't have a hitch, you might want to try a loop attached to the hatch catch plate - that will give you a more useful angle.

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