subaru and canoes don't mix well. once the canoe is on the roof you no way to access the rear hatch. what a PITA! so i made a roof rack that is hindged at the frtont and uses a simple scissor jack to lift the canoe out of the way of the rear hatch. it lock in both the up and down position. when up it makes a great a frame to set a tarp for a base camp. i use a cheap cordless drill to operate the jack. so with the canoe strapped to the upper portion i can lift it up with undoing anything. lock it upright and open the hatch and tailgate with the boat still up there. cost about $40 to make.