If you love to paddle in your kayak during the weekends, you must have a way to transport the kayak if you don't live near a lake/river. But as many of you know, it's not always easy to move a kayak or a canoe around because it's heavy. So, how can you travel a hundred kilometers?
Well, one possible solution would be to strap the kayak to your roof rack. But if you've never done anything like this before, it might be hard to figure out how to do it properly. That's why today we're going to talk about how to strap a kayak to a roof rack. Keep on reading if you want step-by-step instructions.
What do we need to strap a kayak to a car roof rack?
Before I delve into the topic, we're going to compose a list of everything you'd need to strap your boat to the car roof:
#1 Transport the kayak to the car
Your first step is to transport the kayak to your vehicle. That’s easy if there is another person to help you. Simply:
It’s more difficult and complicated if you have to do it on yours, especially if the vessel is heavy. You have several options:
#2 Load the kayak on the car
If you think that carrying the kayak is the heavy part, you’re sadly mistaken. Lifting it on the car’s roof would be the most difficult part of the exercise. I highly recommend that you find somebody to help you. Then:
If you can’t find somebody to help, you can:
#3 Tie it down with cam straps
Once you load the vessel on the car, ensure that it’s in the proper position – centered between the crossbars and as horizontal as possible. Then:
#4 Add the bow and stern straps
Strapping your kayak to the car roof might be enough in some case. But experts recommend that you also secure the bow and the stern, especially if you’re going to drive on the highway. To do that, you’re going to use ratcheting lines:
#5 Do a double check
After you have strapped the kayak to the roof rack, do a double check to make sure that all the straps are tight and secure. Do another check after 10-15 minutes of driving to ensure that you haven’t missed anything. You don’t want to lose your kayak somewhere on the highway, right?
As you can see, it’s not that difficult to strap a kayak to a roof rack. You might be tempted to use more complicated knots, but remember that simple works as well.
What do you think about these tips on how to strap a kayak to a roof rack? How do you do it? Share your advice in the comments.