Thule 898001 Hullavator Pro - Lift Assist Kayak Carrier

CAD $999.95

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The Thule 898 Hullavator Pro is a lift-assisted kayak carrier that allows side-of-vehicle loading and strapping of the boat. The 898 Hullavator Pro uses gas struts to aid you in lifting a kayak up to a vehicle's roof, taking 40 pounds of the load so that you can easily guide the boat up to the roof. Using simple release handles, the Hullavator disengages from its secure roof rack base, allowing you to pull down against the gas struts and lock the carrier in place for easy kayak loading. The kayak can then be secured to the carrier using included heavy duty nylon straps and ratcheting QuickDraw bow and stern tie-downs. This complete single kayak carrying system is the easiest and simplest loading solution on the market.

Thule 898 Hullavator Pro lift assist kayak rack animation

Compared to the previous generation Thule 897XT Hullavator, the new 898 Hullavator Pro has more custom mounting hardware to different styles of bar, and uses less manual safety pin hardware when lowering the carrier. The 898 Hullavator Pro fits Thule bar racks (rectangular load bars, oval Aero bars, wing-shaped AeroBlade bars, and Xsporter bars), Yakima round bar racks, and many Thule load bar-equivalent aftermarket bars. If you unsure if the Hullavator will fit your current roof rack setup, check the Thule Automated Fit Guide or contact us.


  • Lift assist kayak carrier for one boat
  • Waist-level loading, unloading, and strapping of kayaks
  • Kayaks are lowered 40 inches alongside the vehicle
  • Hydraulic gas struts take off 40 lbs (18 kg) of the kayak's weight
  • 8 points of padded contact support the kayak for maximum protection
  • Corrosion-resistant base and cradles enhance the life of the product
  • Includes pull-tight straps with rubber buckle protectors for mounting the kayak into the cradles
  • Includes QuickDraw ratcheting bow and stern tie downs for the front and rear of the kayak
  • Fits Thule bar systems (rectangular load bars, oval Aero bars, wing-shaped AeroBlade bars, and Xsporter track bars), Yakima round bars, and most aftermarket bars
  • Does not fit with Thule Aeroblade Edge Crossbar Systems (requires 4" of bar past the tower in order to clear the side of the vehicle)
  • Maximum weigh of boat: 75 lbs (34 kg)
  • Add Thule One Key lock cylinders (sold separately) to lock the carrier to the crossbars (2 lock cores required to secure 898 to crossbars - 1 for each base)
  • Add Thule 831 13' Locking Straps or Thule 832 10' Locking Straps (sold separately) to lock your kayak into the rack
  • Add a Thule 529 Hood Loop or Thule 530 Quick Loop (sold separately) to add a tie-down point to your vehicle if you lack easy access to a tow loop for bow and stern tie-down
  • Add a Thule 839 Get-a-Grip (sold separately) to lock your paddle to your vehicle's roof rack
  • Product Instructions: PDF download

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