There are various methods for transporting canoes and kayaks on roof racks, including steps that can be taken if other sports equipment or objects such as motorcycles are also being transported. Our selection of canoe and kayak travel accessories includes everything you’re likely to require. However, before you begin, one of the most important things to do is to check the weight capacity provided by the manufacturer of your vehicle. This will determine how much you can carry onto your car’s roof, as well as which roof racks are compatible for the vehicle.
Accessories for Kayaks and Canoes
Selecting a Roof Rack
Roof racks and transport equipment are an investment, so selecting a high-quality gear is critical – both to keep your kayak or canoe secure and to prevent your car from damage.
Choosing high-quality products
Tie-down straps are essential for keeping your canoe or kayak stable. It is also critical to inspect them on a regular basis for wear and tear. Replace them as soon as they begin to wear thin or show symptoms of damage.
Using roof rack padding between the kayak and the bars will help protect your car from scratches, as will regularly checking that your roof rack is firmly mounted.
Things to stay away from
If you use inexpensive rope or makeshift lashings, your equipment may become dislodged during transport. The most serious danger is that the kayak or canoe may become detached and be damaged or destroyed. Even if this does not occur, a loose or unsteady kayak might scratch your roof and do serious damage. The same might be said with wooden planks or other homemade roof bars. And, once you’ve installed your roof bars, make sure you’re aware of your entire height; driving under low bridges can be dangerous if you don’t know how tall your car has grown!
Moving a single kayak
A single kayak can be transported easily using a conventional roof rack. To protect the contour of the hull, sit-on-top kayaks are often easier to transport upside down. If you are a solitary kayaker, you may face the extra issue of figuring out how to properly hoist your kayak onto your automobile. This is where a roof rack load-assist comes in – the load assist’s bars fasten to any roof rack bars you currently have placed on your vehicle. This allows you to slide the load assist out and rest the stern of your kayak on it while lifting the opposite end of your kayak onto the roof.
Best Practices for Transporting Multiple Kayaks
Unless you have a particularly large vehicle, numerous kayaks will not fit side by side on your roof. This means that if you wish to put many kayaks onto your vehicle, you must do so on their edge. We have a wide variety of racks available, depending on the size and form of your kayaks, as well as the sort of roof bars you have installed.
These upright bars are also useful for transporting additional storage devices, such as roof boxes, alongside your kayak, allowing you to transfer all of your canoe and kayak gear safely.
Protection Against Theft
Of course, even once you’ve securely transported your canoe or kayak to your location, there are additional vital safety considerations to keep in mind. An pricey piece of watersports equipment can be enticing to opportunistic burglars. Choose a robust, solid tie-down strap that will keep them safe from any efforts to remove it without your permission.