Getting your Fishing Kayak to the Launch Point and Back Safely

Not many of us are fortunate enough to have a place on the water, or at least a place by the water where we can leave our fishing kayak. Most of us have to transport our boat from where we store it to the river, lake or bay.

Fortunately, kayaks have come a long way and are fairly easy to move around – most are light enough for one person to pick up. If you only need to move your kayak from a shed to the water that’s only 100 feet away, it’s no big deal.

However, if you have to transport your fishing kayak on your vehicle to the launch point, you will need to carefully load it to ensure it doesn’t block your view of the road or come off and cause an accident.

Ideally, all fishing kayaks should be secured on a specially designed roof rack you purchase separately for your vehicle…

While it is possible to transport a kayak without a roof rack, it is highly recommended you invest in one, especially if you’ll be traveling long distances with your boat.

You can use foam blocks to place the boat on the roof of your car and then secure it using tie-down straps. The straps will need to be attached to either your door frame or the bottom of the vehicle. This can work for getting your kayak home from the store or a couple of miles from your home. However, if you plan on going any farther than a few miles and have to travel on a busy highway, the straps will need to be tightened so hard that you could damage your boat and vehicle.

Another problem you will encounter with using foam blocks only is that you will inevitably try to load your kayak on a windy day. Before setting the boat on your vehicle, you will need to set these lightweight foam blocks on the roof of your car. Nothing can get more frustrating than having to go back and forth because the block keeps blowing off!

Again, in order for you to safely transport fishing kayak safely, you should definitely invest in a roof rack system that will also make it easier for you to load and unload your boat.

There are many different types of roof rack systems for fishing kayaks for sale depending on your vehicle

Although many vehicles come with cross bars already, there are several type of roof rack systems you can consider for your vehicle. Which one you choose will depend on how many boats you plan on carrying, the type of vehicle you have, the width of your roof and more. Types of roof racks you can consider include:

  • Horizontal racks – allow you to put your boat flat on its belly. They cover the most surface area on your kayak out of all of the different types of racks. These racks also help reduce wind resistance, which of course helps you save gas.
  • J-Style racks – also known as “j-cradles,” these racks fold up when you’re not using them, which is one reason why they’re so popular. With J-style racks, your kayak will sit at a 45-degree angle, giving you more roof space to carry a second boat, a bicycle or anything you like.
  • Vertical kayak racks – also known as kayak posts, these racks transport your boat vertically on its side. This of course will allow you to transport up to 4 fishing kayaks at once depending on your vehicle. This rack system simply involves a post that you install and set your kayak up against. If you have more boats, you simply stack it next to your other one.
  • Hitch mount racks – for all you pickup drivers out there, the hitch mount rack system is what you’re looking for. The front part of the system simply involves a cross bar like you would have in a horizontal system. The rear rack consists of a load bar that is attached to the hitch receiver.

Again, which system you choose will depend on a variety of factors, including your vehicle, where you plan on taking your fishing kayaks and how many kayaks you’re trying to transport.

Eddy-gear is a manufacturer and retailer of premier fishing kayaks. Visit Eddy-gear.com for a list of fishing kayaks for sale, including additional information on safely transporting your investment.

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