Melba Kayak May 03rd, 2018 - 10:32:04
While foam blocks will work, we strongly recommend putting a rack system on your car - this will make life easier, protect the roof of your car, and leave you more room for other accessories & gear. Most rack manufacturers make special rack adapters for 2 door cars with shorter roofs. Both Thule and Yakima make good system for cars. SUVs and Mini Vans The longer roof frame of an SUV or a Mini Van does give you some advantages over cars, but sometime the added height of an SUV can make getting your kayak on top a little harder. Most SUVs come with factory racks that work well to receive most kayak carriers and transport accessories. Factory racks systems do have weight limits, but most can handle 1 or 2 medium to light weight kayaks without a problem. A popular way to transport two kayaks with a factory system is to transport one in a J-type carrier and the other flat or face down on the bars. You can really maximize space by using two J-Carriers.
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.
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.
Trailex makes a single kayak version that is light enough to unhook and use as a dolly to get right up to the water. For those who want to carry more than one kayak they also make multi-kayak trailers. Rack Accessories Rack Pads Rack Pads were originally designed for surfboards but work well for kayaks. The pads wrap around your factory or after-market bars and are held in place by Velcro straps. Rack pads are a very good choice if you transport you kayak face down (the seat area facing the roof), by carrying face down you are placing the load on the gunwales (the strongest part of the kayak) and it is the way many kayak companies recommend to carry the kayak to prevent distorting or damaging the hull. Pros: Like foam blocks, it can be a very economical set up, especially if you already have bars on your vehicle. Unlike foam blocks rack pads cant fly off the vehicle.