How To Transport A Tandem Kayak

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Tandem kayaks can be easy to transport depending on the type of vehicle you have. The easiest way to transport a kayak is through a pickup. The storage space at the rear side of the car makes the work simple. All you have to do is throw it in the back and tie it down a few times.

Transporting kayaks in a pickup truck

How To Transport A Tandem Kayak

What do you do when you don’t own a pickup truck?

You need a removable rack

This applies to you if you own a 4-door car without a permanent rack at the top. Some vehicles, like the SUV, have installed racks. A removable rack is made of two tube foams and two straps running down the center of each tube.

Rack pads help in increasing the grip and protecting any damages between your car and the kayak. Attach it to your vehicle by opening all four doors and tying them through the inside. One side should be towards the windshield and the other toward the rear window.

Mount the tandem kayak

Place the kayak on the ramp; it should be facing right side up. Position it so that its midway the ramp, facing the direction of the car.  You should be cautious when mounting the kayak on the ramp, if the kayak is heavy asks for assistance.

If you are transporting two kayaks, place them on the racks with the top side facing either side of the vehicle and the bottom of the two hulls in contact at the centre of the ramp.Don’t forget to check the maximum weight capacity of the vehicle before loading the tandem kayaks

Secure your kayak

Secure it with strong tightened tied down straps. Do not use any rope because it may break easily. Straps are great for securing your kayak because you can apply greater tension. Be careful not to over-tighten the strap. it may cause the  plastic in the kayak to collapse or break

Check and confirm your strap security regularly

Before leaving, double check to make sure you the ramp is securely attached to your car. Ensure there are no lose items in your kayak that may fly out while you’re on the road

While you’re travelling, make regular stops to check on the rams and the strap to make sure the strap is firmly reinforced to prevent any slip-ups while transporting the kayak.

Getting your kayak to the water

If your kayak has handles, then you can seek for help and use them to move them down to the water-body. Kayaks with no handles may be hard to transport; you can use a kayak trolley to make such work easier

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Conclusion

Loading a kayak on a car in a rush may lead to repercussions; ensure you plan and pack a few days before or the night before your trip. Leave plenty of time to secure your kayak correctly on your car.    Safety first!  Any lose knots while travelling will have your kayak flying out into the open road.

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Steve has been into sports all his life. As a young boy, he started with swimming; this only propelled him into more water sports. When he tried kayaking, the thrill captivated him and now, it is his favorite sport. As a ranger, Steve is always in the outdoors where he likes it. He became a ranger right after college. He is married and has three kids whom he loves going to expeditions with. When he is not at work or with his family, he loves writing. He is now the lead blogger at Tandem Kayak Report, always writing about his passion.

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