The Thule 897XT Hullavator has been replaced by the Thule 898 Hullavator Pro
Thule 898 Hullavator Pro

Thule 898 Hullavator Pro

The Thule 898 Hullavator Pro is the ultra premium lift assist carrier that reduces up to 40lbs of a kayak's weight and allows side of vehicle loading, unloading and strapping. New Pro model now holds up to 36" wide hulls.

Thule 897XT Hullavator - CLEARANCE SALE

Thule 897XT Hullavator
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Rating of 4.3/5 on 7 reviews
Product Code: 100897xt
Status: Discontinued

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The Thule 897XT Hullavator lifts up to 40lbs of the kayak's weight. The Thule 897XT Hullavator features waist level, side-of-vehicle, versus overhead, loading/unloading for an easier, safer and less strenuous way to load and unload your kayak


  • Gas assist struts allow a single person to load and unload the kayak
  • Double-extending arms lower kayak by up to 40 inches for a faster loading and unloading
  • Eight touch points of padded support provide maximum conformity and protection for your kayak
  • Aluminum and double-coated steel construction for long, corrosion-resistant product life
  • Accommodates kayaks up to 36 inches wide and 75lbs
  • Includes all straps to transport one kayak; Two load straps with padded buckles and two ratcheting bow/stern ropes
  • Add security with 2 Thule SKS lock cylinders
  • Fits Thule square, Aeroblade (requires adapter 7521383001), Xsporter, rapid aero, professional series bars, and Yakima round bars
  • Not compatible with AeroBlade Edge bars

Buying Notes

Clearance items may be open box


Weight: 41lbs

Length (carton): 33.75"

Width (carton): 17"

Height (carton): 6.5"

UPC: 091021897571

Manufacturer: Thule

Manufacturer Part Number: 897xt

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Hullavator works well enough but the two arms need to be close enough to grab the releases with both hands at the same time and the Hullavator weighs 40 lbs. and Thule has maximum load limit per side of roof rack of 82.5 pounds so only a 40 lb. kayak can be mounted without voiding the Thule warranty.


Back again, Michigan Mark. Quickie- Still have the 2 Hullavators. Still work great. (Read previous reviews). 59 yrs old mechanical engineer. I appreciate a fine design. Getting pricey, but you can amortize the cost over years I have owned to evaluate their worth.

Ford Explorer Ford F-150 CrewCab


The Hullavator has made all the difference in my life. As a relatively small woman, it has given me the freedom to load and unload my kayak without assistance. One of the best purchases I ever made. Whenever people see me using the Hullavator, they rush over excitedly. They can't believe how easy it is to operate.

2002 Infiniti G20


Update!! Checking out what's new with Thule. Came across my review 2 yrs ago about the Hullavator. Still there, guess electonic media is forever.. Our Hullavators are scratched & sun faded. But will state all works as good as they days we purchased them. Again, nice product. I'm 2 yrs olded & kayak loading is still a breeze.. That's not only nice-- it's sweet.

2007 Ford F150


I purchased my Hullavator in April 2009. I use it to transport an Ocean Kayak Zest 2EXP tandem sit-on-top on my van. The Hullavator does indeed work; loading my boat without it on the van would be impossible. It also has a certain cool-factor; other kayakers frequently ask about it. But it does have drawbacks: Installing the Hullavator is an hours-long affair; once it is installed I leave it on all spring-summer and fall. The metals used are not corrosion resistant. I conscientiously rinse the salt off my boat before loading, but I have rust problems on the steel parts. The screws, nuts, etc used to secure the parts to the bar are not made of stainless steel, and have bent under the stress of use. I recommend treating all the hardware with rust-inhibitors before and after installation. I will be replacing all the small parts with stainless when I re-install next spring. You will have to experiment to find the proper balance for your boat, since the arms are not connected and your boat will twist and torque the rack if not lifted with the correct technique. Before lifting, you may want to use some short straps of your own to secure the boat to the lifting arms, or the boat could flip off and on top of you as you are lifting. Once the boat is atop your vehicle, you will still want to use quality straps to secure to your regular crossbars. Flipping the straps around the Hullavator side arms on a high-profile vehicle is a bit of a trick. Easier for taller people. Once up top and secured, I have had no problems and no shifting of the boat. To answer the question; Would you recommend this product to a friend? I would answer with Yes; But. I would encourage Thule to beef up all parts securing the Hullavator to the crossbars, and to use stainless steel liberally, especially considering that this is a rather expensive item. I would gladly share photos and feedback with Thule.

1993 Mitsubishi Delica

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Absolutely. It's the law for a reason, it's the only safe way to carry your boats. Many of our canoe and kayak racks come with tie downs, if not you can buy them separately.

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