CUSTOM KAYAK RACKS BY BRETTO
I am pleased to offer my fellow paddlers custom racks designed to fit your favourite kayak or ski.
Yak Rak is designed for paddlers who:
- Have a long composite kayak or ski (especially doubles)
- Have a short distance between their two cross bars (avoid the see-saw effect and long overhangs)
- Like to drive without worrying about their kayak wobbling around or getting damaged in transit
- Just want an awesome rack system
Each rack is custom designed and fabricated to:
- Perfectly match the shape of your kayak
- Evenly distribute the load
- Protect your kayak from damage
- Tie down with straps at the bulkheads where the kayak is strongest
- Powdercoating in a colour of your choice
- Lower cradles on one side for easy loading / unloading
- Securing systems to suit aero-style cross bars or round bars on cage-style roof racks
- Different heights between the front and rear cradle to keep the kayak level if your cross bars are not the same height
- Cradle positions to manage overhangs and boot openings
- Lightweight and heavy duty versions available
I want one but it looks expensive……
A Yak Rak is not cheap – and may set you back about $1000 depending on what you want so if you have a $500 plastic kayak the Yak Rak is not for you.
If you want one and you are prepared to get your hands dirty – I will soon be making the standard design freely available in Onshape 3D modelling software (they have a free plan for non-professional designers). All you need to do is:
- Measure up the shape of your kayak at the bulkheads (use cardboard as a template)
- Measure up your roof racks and any other critical dimensions like boot openings
- Modify my standard design in Onshape to suit your requirements
- Prepare the cutting files and get 2 plates of Aluminium cut for the cradles
- Buy the other pieces of aluminium (standard stuff)
- Cut it up and weld it all together (or find a local aluminium fabricator)
- Powdercoat it if you want.
Why would I give my design away for free? Just because I am a good bloke and I understand that if you don’t live in Melbourne it is not worth me shipping one to you. If you do use my design please send me a photo of the finished rack.
The Yak Rak story
Back in about 2010 my mate G-Man had a custom aluminium rack made up for his K1. It was a better than any off the shelf kayak carriers, but it had a few problems and was a bit flimsy. So when I got my first sea kayak in about 2012 I asked another mate if he could make me a custom rack for my Tahe Wind 585. Having designed and built his own aluminium sailing yacht I knew Catran was up for the job. My design brief: It had to be better than G-Man’s rack. Enter the Yak Rak Mk1.
What Catran made fit my kayak like a glove and held my boat securely at any speed in any conditions. Whenever I was down at my local beach car park or with other paddlers I was always getting inquiries about my rack. There was nothing else like it available. And because it was custom made to suit the kayak I sold it with my Tahe in 2014.
I decided to get back into paddling in 2018 and wanted another custom rack for my shiny new boat – but decided to take it to the next level. Unfortunately Catran had since left Melbourne to pursue a career designing superyachts in Europe so I had to get my hands dirty with some 3D CAD modelling and find a local aluminium craftsman to build the rack. After thousands of kilometres of testing and a few improvements I am pleased to offer you the Yak Rak Mk2 in 2019.
Full credit for the concept and design of the Yak Rak goes to Catran. I am just making it available to the paddling public in a slightly sexier format.
Get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org or the Contact Form below to discuss your needs.