Best Ways To Travel Long Distance With a Kayak
Do you often go on long-distance fishing excursions but struggle to bring your kayak along?
What are the best ways to store your kayak on your car or trailer to bring with you to fish?
If you travel far distances to fish and want to know the best ways to bring along your kayak, then check this out!!
Learn more below!
Best Ways To Transport Your Kayak Long Distances
The tips mentioned below are also applicable to day trips to the water and back with your kayak.
Car Top Carrying Your Kayak
If you are car top carrying your kayak a long distance, it is best to have your kayak lay upside down on your car.
The reason is, the rails along the sides are the strongest part of the kayak.
If you flip the kayak and strap it down to your car with the bottom on the car, it could damage your kayak.
You can warp the bottom of the kayak by having it right side up on your car due to the sun and straps applying pressure on the bottom.
Also, make sure you are using Cam Straps to secure your kayak to your car.
Other types of straps have a tendency to overtighten which can cause warping of the kayak material.
The worst-case scenario is the straps are so tight that they crack the side of the kayak.
As far as how tight the Cam Straps should be on the kayak, it is less than you would think.
There is a common tendency amongst kayakers to overcompensate and overtighten the straps.
Be sure to pull down on the fastener and make sure there is flexibility in the strap and it is not locked down.
You can always try to adjust the kayak to see if the straps are tight enough.
Bow Lines & Stern Lines
The concept behind using bow and stern lines to further secure your kayak is an extra safety blanket.
In the case the straps are too loose or become undone, the bow and stern lines will hold the kayak on your car where you can then pull over and tend to the issue.
Another reason for using this second layer of security is it is an indicator of the kayak shifting.
If the lines become loose or visibly do not look right, then there could be an issue with one of the straps.
If you aren’t able to use bow and stern lines because of the size of your vehicle, you can use a cable lock.
All you have to do is run the cable through the scuppers of the kayak and around the rack holding the kayak.
The reasons for this are security and further stability if a strap were to become undone.
By using a cable lock, you do not have to worry about someone tampering with your kayak if you are staying overnight in an area or you are away from your vehicle.
The kayak is exposed to a lot of sun and UV rays when placed on top of a vehicle.
You should use some sort of UV protectant on the bottom of the kayak that is directly exposed to sunlight.
This way the sun won’t cook the kayak causing it to crack or become brittle.
All you do is wet a rag and spread the protectant evenly across the surface of the kayak.
You do not want it to be slippery.
A little of the protectant goes a long way and if the kayak is slippery, then you’ve added too much.
Best Ways To Long Distance Travel With Your Kayak [VIDEO]
Fishing from your kayak allows you to cover lots of water and gain access to areas off the path where you want to fish.
If you want to secure and protect your kayak when traveling, it is best to follow these tips and make it to your destination safely!
Be sure to have your kayak secured safely to protect you and others traveling around you!
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