How to Transport an Ocean Kayak on a Vehicle

How to Transport an Ocean Kayak on a Vehicle
Kayaking is a great way to explore the ocean, but before you can get out on the water, you need to transport your kayak there. You can do this with sturdy, tie-down straps and a roof rack or foam blocks to protect your car. Kayaks can be heavy (particularly the tandem kind), so make sure you have a friend to help you transport your kayak.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Roof rack or foam blocks Knife to cut Boogie Board if you have to make your own foam blocks Cam buckle tie-down straps Kayak
  • Roof rack or foam blocks
  • Knife to cut Boogie Board if you have to make your own foam blocks
  • Cam buckle tie-down straps
  • Kayak
Step 1
Make or purchase kayak blocks. If you don't have a rack to transport your kayak, kayak blocks are an excellent alternative. You can purchase foam kayak blocks at most kayak supply stores or you can make your own from a cheap Boogie Board. Simply cut up the Boogie Board so that you have two strips about 18" x 9" long and position the blocks at the front and back end of the roof of your vehicle.
Step 2
Place ocean kayak on roof. If needed, get a friend to help you lift up the kayak and place it so that the hull is facing up.
Step 3
Secure the kayak in place. You will need two straps, one for the front and and one for the back end. Loop the straps through the scupper holes of your kayak and pass the ends through the doors of your vehicle and secure with the cam buckle. If you have a roof rack, you don't need to pass the straps through the doors; simply secure the straps to the roof rack.
Step 4
Now that the kayak is in place, you will need to tighten the straps so the kayak won't shift while you're driving. Be careful not to tighten the straps too much, as you might cause the kayak to dent your car.

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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