How to Travel With a Hurricane Kayak

How to Travel With a Hurricane Kayak
Traveling with a Hurricane kayak requires very little preparation and they can be fitted atop almost any size vehicle. Because Hurricane kayaks have rounded bottoms they require foam cradles to rest securely in to prevent wobbling during transportation. Foam cradles taper from the edges to the center, creating an inverse shape of the kayak's hull, providing an excellent mechanism for stabilizing the kayak.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Roof rack
  • Two lengths of twine
  • Two foam cradles
  • Two nylon straps with cam buckles on one end
Step 1
Place the Hurricane kayak parallel to your vehicle on the ground. Evenly distribute the ends of the kayak so it balances evenly over both the front and back of the vehicle.
Step 2
Fit the foam cradles over the center of each roof-rack bar on top of your vehicle.
Step 3
Lift the kayak onto the top of the vehicle and set it securely into the foam cradles.
Step 4
Drape one of the nylon straps over the Hurricane kayak, directly in front of the rear roof-rack bar and wrap it under the roof-rack bar once on each side of the kayak. Pull both ends of the strap in opposite directions underneath the kayak. Wrap the end of the strap that does not have the cam buckle over the kayak one last time. Both ends of the strap should now be on the same side. Fit the free end through the cam buckle and tighten it until the kayak does not move. Repeat this step with the other nylon strap just behind the front roof-rack bar.
Step 5
Thread a length of twine through the painter's loop at the front end of the Hurricane kayak. Pull the ends of the twine in a "V" shape down to the undercarriage of your vehicle. Locate the tow-eyes at both the left and right sides under the front fender and then tie the twine securely to them. Repeat this step using the other length of twine to attach the rear end of the kayak to the rear tow-eyes on your vehicle.

Tips & Warnings

Don't tighten the nylon straps too tightly or you will risk damaging the kayak.
Place a cloth under the points where the twine makes contact with your vehicle to prevent damage to your car.

Article Written By Jacob Hendriks

Jacob Hendriks' work has appeared in "The Western Front," "The Planet Magazine" and He graduated from Western Washington University with a major in international business management and a minor in Community Health. Hendriks' passion for sports nutrition and fitness, combined with experience as a personal trainer, has led him to pursue health-oriented journalism.

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