Melba Kayak April 16th, 2018 - 15:38:17
Pros: J-carriers work well to protect the kayak hull from damage when tightening the straps. They will also maximize your roof space to allow for extra kayaks or other accessories. Cons: It can be tough to maneuver the kayak on top of your vehicle and into the side position of the J-carrier, especially if your vehicle is tall. Also, be careful in parking garages as the added height could be a problem. Some examples of J-carriers are: Thule Hullaport and the Malone Autoloader. Vehicle types Cars Cars with short roofs can be a challenge - especially 2-door cars. The shorter the distance between the straps/bars the less secure the system will be. Always, use bow and stern lines when transporting by car or any vehicle with a short roof span - a favorite of ours is the Thule Quickdraw.
Lets go over some of the different methods to transport your kayak(s). Transport Methods Rack Systems Most kayak transport needs can be satisfied by adding an after-market rack system. A rack system includes the bars and feet (adapters) that attach the system to your particular vehicle. The bars can be used alone or they can serve as the base for additional kayak carriers and accessories. The most widely used systems are made by Thule and Yakima. These types of racks offer the most weight capacity and are the safest way to transport kayaks on a vehicle. Factory Racks Many vehicles come with factory bars (usually the flat oblong shaped ones) and these can work fine to transport your kayak and can usually be fitted with most kayak carriers, but they lack the carrying capacity and long term strength of a good after-market rack system. So if you need to carry multiple kayaks or even one heavy single kayak, investing in a good rack system will be your best option.
Cons: Pads usually dont have a lot of cushion and can dent some kayaks if transported with the hull down or if you over tighten the tie-down straps. Cradles and Saddles: A very popular way to carry a kayak designed to carry the kayak right side up (just like it is on the water). Some examples of these are the Thule Set-To-Go and the Malone Seawing. Pros: These tend to keep kayak in place and protect the hull from damage. These systems usually work well with other pieces of equipment that aid in getting your kayak on your vehicle like rollers and glide pads (we will discuss these later). Cons: These set-ups are designed to transport your kayak right side up, not the ideal way to avoid distortion, but with care this will not be an issue. Also, if you are going to transport 2 kayaks, cradles do limit the usable space on your rack bars. J-Carriers: These work by carrying your kayak(s) on their side in J-shaped racks.
The first type will involve that which the kayaker normally sits on top and the second will include the type of kayak in which the sitting position is in a cockpit. Whatever design you intend to use, you should make sure that you have researched on the advantages and disadvantages of each ahead of making your decision. The kayak with a cockpit is habitually used than that with a sit-on position. But this cockpit kayak will additionally require you to wear a skirt just about the cockpit so that water should not get into the cockpit. But if the cockpit is filled with water, this can only be drained manually. Remember that the fishing kayak can be used for any type of kayaking. Some will even include a place where you can preserve your catch. If you have to put ease of use when deciding on which type of kayak to use, the sit-on-top kayak should be preferable. Keep in mind that the sitting position means that it can be very convenient for you to move your legs about and even to reach the shallow waters and fish. Remember that if you are kayaking in warm waters, it will be more convenient to sit out of the kayak. Some kayakers will also find it easy to adapt a relaxed seat on this type of kayak. This type of kayak should also be preferable if you will be spending longer hours in water.