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Monday, 29 January 2018 12:16

Transporting Your Kayak Safely

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Unless you live right next to a lake or use an inflatable stand up paddleboard for your fishing needs, then transportation is probably something you have had to deal with as a kayak angler. Fortunately, with the right type of vehicle and kayak the task of transporting everything to your favorite fishing spot isn’t too laborious. 

However, not doing a proper job can result in damage to both your kayak and your vehicle.  While some vehicles are better suited than others when it comes to transporting kayaks, there are a couple of solutions for the task no matter what you are driving. In the end, it doesn’t matter what type of kayak or transport you have, the important thing is to arrive safely at your destination with everything intact.

Haste Makes Waste

Everyone knows the idiom that states “haste makes waste” and this is also true when it comes to kayak transportation. If you leave the task of loading your kayak until the last minute and then try and get it done in a rush the chances are good something might go wrong. No matter what method you use to transport your kayak, it is vital that everything is secured and by being in a rush the chances are good that this might not happen. Ensure that you have enough time to load your kayak and you’ll have the peace of mind that it will still be attached to your vehicle by the time you get home or your fishing spot. If transporting your kayak involves traveling longer distances, it is also wise to occasionally stop and make sure that everything is still secured. It might add a few minutes to your trip, but the consequences of not doing it can be much worse. Don’t be tempted to make up the lost time by driving faster either as things can very quickly go wrong if you are not careful while transporting a kayak or two.

Use The Right Roof Rack

One of the most common methods used by people with smaller vehicles when transporting their kayaks is roof racks. However, roof racks come with their own concerns, such as stability, how easy it will be to get the kayak on the rack and whether the rack is durable enough to support the weight of the kayak. Before going out and buying a roof rack, first make sure you know what vehicle you are going to be using to transport your kayak and what type of roof it has. For example, shorter cars that have rounded roofs are trickier to use when it comes to transporting kayaks on a roof rack and might not be compatible with all the types of racks on the market. If you have a vehicle that has a high roof and a kayak that is heavy then investing in something like the Thule Hullavator Pro, which uses gas-assist struts to help lift and lower the kayak could help a great deal. It’s more expensive, but if you have a heavy kayak and nobody to help you load it, it can make a huge difference.

The Truck Bed Option

If you own a truck instead of a car, then you don’t have to mess around with roof racks and can simply transport your kayak using the truck bed. Make sure that everything is secured and you should have no problem getting your kayak to your fishing spot. If you have to travel far to get to your favorite body of water or you have a longer kayak and a short truck bed, it might be worth investing in a bed extender to make the trip safer. Check out this article on Yakangler.com for more information on how to use a bed extender when transporting your kayak.

The Trailer Option

Towing your kayak behind your vehicle on a trailer is also an option if you don’t want to make use of roof racks or your truck bed is too short. However, make sure that you adhere to all the rules and regulations for your state. For example, certain states require you to register your trailer and have it fitted with a license plate as well as lights if you want to use it on the road. While this can be a hassle, using a trailer is often the safest and most convenient option if you have to transport multiple fishing kayaks.

No Car? No Problem!

Even if you don’t have a vehicle, it doesn’t mean you can’t transport your kayak. Provided that you have a fishing spot that is at least within cycling distance there are ways and means to get your kayak there. Maybe your favorite fishing spot is just too close for driving, but a little too far for carrying. Whatever the case may be, building your own bike kayak trailer is not impossible. You are going to need a little bit of DIY skills, but this tutorial should be enough to get you started.

The Bottom Line

All kayak anglers know how important it is to follow all the safety precautions when out on the water, but getting to your fishing destination safely is equally important. Most of these tips are obvious to veterans, but if you are a newcomer to the hobby it is easy to overlook the basics. If you have any tips for safely transporting your fishing kayak let us know below or on the forums.

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Naomi Bolton

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