Bay Area Sloughers Message Board › Transporting a canoe or kayak with no rack
If you're thinking about renting or borrowing a vessel for an event, but you don't have a roof rack, don't be discouraged. You've got options. It doesn't matter if your car is small. Smaller cars are actually easier to car-top, as you don't have to lift or climb as much when loading and tying down.
You can purchase a car topping kit that is made up of foam blocks and straps. The blocks that you need are different for a canoe versus a kayak, but the straps are pretty much all the same.
Just search google or amazon for "canoe car top kit" or "kayak car top kit", and you should find some very affordable options.
If you already have some ratcheting or camming straps and some hooks, you just need foam blocks rather than an entire kit.
If you are good with knots, all that is really needed is rope/straps and the foam blocks.
Here are some videos:
For strap padding, some foam pipe insulation works pretty well. You can get it for a few dollars at most hardware stores.