How to Tie a Kayak to a Roof Rack

How to Tie a Kayak to a Roof Rack
Nobody ever wants to be driving down the highway only to find the ropes on your roof-bound kayak have come loose and it is about to go airborne. A roof rack is not enough to prevent such a situation; the kayak needs to be securely tied down using the proper straps.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Kayak Roof rack Four cam buckles and straps
  • Kayak
  • Roof rack
  • Four cam buckles and straps
Step 1
Position the roof rack according to the instructions with your rack system. This could be hull up or hull down depending on the type of rack.
Step 2
Position the kayak on the rack. You may need a helper because kayaks can weigh from 35 to 90 pounds.
Step 3
Secure the kayak to the rack with straps. Run one end of the strap through the front scupper holes on your kayak, looping it through the bars of the roof rack, and then run it through the cam buckle on the other end of the strap. Repeat with the second strap, this time running it through the back scupper holes.
Step 4
Take two more straps and attach one to each end of your kayak. Loop the strap through the bow end and secure it to either side of the bumper so that it forms an inverted "V." Do the same at the stern end of the kayak.
Step 5
Tighten the straps. Once the kayak and straps are in place, cinch down on the straps by pressing the button on the cam buckle and secure it. Then tie off the excess strap.

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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