3 Tips for Finding the Best Kayak Rack

3 Tips for Finding the Best Kayak Rack

You just bought a new kayak and now want to go on an adventure? Don't forget to think about how you'll transport your precious craft. A sturdy and permanent kayak rack seems the perfect accessory for this purpose, but there are other options if you do not have a trailer or a roof-mounted kayak rack at your disposal. 

Carrying straps, a simple option to consider

There is a temporary and removable solution to transport your kayak: transport straps. More affordable than a permanent kayak roof rack, they also allow you to test out an easy-to-install option. It's an excellent solution for newcomers who want to make sure they enjoy kayaking before investing in a more expensive kayak rack. 

If you go this route, make sure that the straps are tight and that you have at least three anchor points to secure your kayak. Ideally, two of them should cover your kayak from bow to stern, and the last one should be attached to the front bumper. Optimally, you would add a fourth anchor point to the rear bumper of your car for maximum safety. You can also use scupper plugs to secure your kayak to the roof of your vehicle and prevent it from wobbling when you're on the road. 

Finally, for the experienced do-it-yourselfer, it is possible to install a kayak rack on the roof of your car by yourself using pool noodles to cushion the weight of the boat and ratchet straps to secure the boat.

A kayak transport cart for smart travel

Compared to a kayak rack, buying a kayak cart can minimize the physical effort required to secure your boat on the roof of your car. This practical accessory will also make it easier to get your kayak into the water. This way, you can preserve your energy to enjoy your adventures on the water without exhausting yourself unnecessarily before you launch.

The kayak transport cart will quickly become a family favourite during outings with your kids. Not only will you reduce your planning time, but above all, this kayaking accessory will teach your children to carry and take care of their boat. It is a simple task that will give them a little more responsibility and autonomy during your family excursions.

How to choose your kayak transport cart? 

Several factors can help you determine the kayak cart best suited to your needs. First, ask yourself what maximum weight it should be able to support and whether you plan to carry other types of boats on it, such as a canoe or a paddle board. Next, determining the types of terrain you will be riding on (flat, rocky, sloping, sandy, etc.) will help you target the suitable model for your needs. Kayak cart wheels are usually made of plastic or flexible rubber, the latter being more suitable for off-road use due to the width and strength of the tires.  Plastic wheels, on the other hand, work particularly well on hard, smooth surfaces and can easily withstand minor ground irregularities.

Find your ideal transportation accessory and get on with your adventures!

SUP, Canoe and kayak transport cart

SUP, Canoe and kayak transport cart

Easily transport your canoe, kayak or paddle board with this cart. This cart features a sturdy aluminum frame, large inflatable tires and can carry up to 110 lbs. Foldable, the Pelican cart for SUP, canoe and kayak is simple to store and easy to bring along on your travels.

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Universal sup and kayak carrying strap

Universal sup and kayak carrying strap

The universal carrying strap is a must-have accessory for transporting your kayak or paddle board (SUP) from your car to the water. Its ergonomic padded shoulder strap absorbs and distributes weight. The size of this accessory is adjustable to fit most kayaks and SUPs and features built-in paddle loops to hold your paddle in place, leaving your hands free.

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DLX sup or kayak car-top carrier kit

dlx sup or kayak car-top carrier kit

The DLX kayak transport kit lets you quickly and safely transport your kayak or paddle board on your next adventure. This deluxe kayak rack includes everything you need to ensure your kayak or SUP is securely fastened while minimizing the risk of over-tightening and scratching your car.

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