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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.
Of course, adding a quality rack system to a SUV or Mini Van will offer the most room for accessories and carrying capacity. Note: Its OK if the bars extend out past the roof. According to the law, they can extend as wide as your side-view mirrors. On tall vehicles this works well, on shorter ones make sure you wont be hitting your head on the ends of the bars when you enter or exit the vehicle. Pickup Trucks Nothing is easier than strapping a kayak into the bed of a pickup and hitting the road. If the kayak is hanging over the end of your tailgate you must hang a flag on it for safety. Another option which makes this method of transport safer and more practical is a bed extender. An extender is a device that plugs into a standard 2- hitch mount and will give you up to 4 more of support under your kayak. (An extender can also be reconfigured to support your kayak over the bed, with one end resting on the cab roof and the other on the extender in the vertical position.)
An experienced kayaker more or less prefer a tighter cockpit, while a beginner will usually prefer a larger one making it easier to get in and out of the kayak. Still other beginners may be concerned about either escaping from a tipped-over kayak or being forced to successfully perform what is referred to as an Eskimo roll in order to get back above the surface. If this is a concern, then perhaps a sit-on-top model with a recessed seat and foot-wells may be a great choice or perhaps going with an inflatable kayak which have multiple air chambers for redundancy which results in greater stability than rigid kayaks. With more stability, unlike rigid kayaks, inflatable kayaks are very easy to get into from the water and less tendency to capsize in difficult paddling conditions.
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.