Protect your vehicle while loading and unloading your boat with the Thule Waterslide 854 Protective Mat. The non-skid underside and two bar straps of the Thule Waterslide 854 Protective Mat hold it in place while loading and unloading while the smooth top surface protects the boat as well as the vehicle in case of contact.
|Length:||3 ft / 0.91 m|
|Width:||25 in / 63.5 cm|
|Height:||0.13 in / 0.32 cm|
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Works as advertised. The straps that hold it on are not sewn on as well as they could be; one came off on the first use. Easy to fix, however.
Kind of flimsy, doesn't look at all like the picture above. But, it does what it's intended to well. I rarely velcro this on, just lay it over my car to slide the boats up and it sticks to the car well.
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For taller vehicles where solo side loading just won't work, the Thule Mat makes loading a breeze. Grab the boat amidship and angle the bow up onto the mat to where it just rests on the roof of the vehicle. Then while keeping the boat in position, maneuver to the stern and push boat up and over the roof racks til strap down spot is reached. For unloading, reverse procedure
As simple as this mat is it has saved me and my jeep while loading my kayak. I have a 12 foot old town predator mx. It's a heavy kayak at 86 pounds plus all the stuff I have added on. It doesn slip so I can lift the kayak half way up and let it rest while I push from the bottom to get it on my roof.