The Best Way To Transport A Kayak
If you’re like most people, you probably enjoy spending your weekends out on the water kayaking. But if you’re like most people, you also don’t want to deal with the hassle of transporting your kayak. Transporting a kayak can be a real pain, but it doesn’t have to be! In this blog post, we will discuss the best way to transport a kayak so that you can get out on the water without any headaches!
Why Transport A Kayak?
If you’re planning on renting a kayak, it’s important to know how to transport it safely. Unfortunately, many people end up damaging their kayaks by not following proper transportation protocol. To avoid damaging your kayak – and incurring extra charges from the rental company – here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Many people damage their kayaks by dropping them or scraping them against sharp objects. If you take your time and use caution, you can avoid damaging your kayak and enjoy a great day out on the water.
Transporting Your Kayak The Right Way
Summer is the perfect time to get out on the water in a kayak. But before you can enjoy a day of paddling, you need to know how to transport your kayak safely. Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting your kayak from your home to the water and back again.
First, you’ll need to choose the right vehicle for transporting your kayak. If you’re only going to be transporting one kayak, a hatchback or SUV should be fine. But if you’re transporting multiple kayaks, or if your kayak is particularly long or wide, you’ll need a larger vehicle, such as a pick-up truck or van.
Once you’ve chosen the right vehicle, it’s time to load up your kayak. If you’re loading it onto the roof of your car, be sure to use padded straps or foam blocks to protect the hull from scratches. You’ll also want to secure the kayak so that it can’t slide around while you’re driving. If you’re loading your kayak into the back of a truck or van, be sure to secure it with tie-downs so that it doesn’t shift during transport.
Finally, when you reach your destination, be careful when unloading your kayak so that you don’t damage the hull. Once your kayak is safely on the water, you can relax and enjoy a day of paddling. Just be sure to follow these steps when it’s time to head back home. With a little care and preparation, transporting your kayak can be quick and easy – and it’ll help keep your summer adventures on track.
From Vehicle To Water: The Right Way
Whenever you take your kayak out, avoid dragging it along the ground. It’s best to either hoist it up off the ground or get someone to help carry it with one person at each end. Dragging it can damage the bottom of the kayak and make it more susceptible to punctures. Plus, it’s just harder on your back than lifting it!
So next time you head out for a paddle, take a little extra care with your kayak and lift it gently into place. Your back will thank you later.
Tips & Advice
- Triple-Check that your kayak is secured to your vehicle. While we covered this in a previous section, we can’t stress this enough. An unsecured kayak poses a risk to other drivers, yourself, and your wallet. No amount of explaining is going to save you from paying the damages to the kayak from flying off your vehicle at 40mph on the road.
- Take pictures of your kayak before and after renting for your own insurance sake.
- Use towels and/or blankets to protect your vehicle and the kayak when loading it.
- Learn to tie a truckers hitch for security and safety
Enjoy Kayaking with Sun and Salt Adventures!
Now that you know how to transport your kayak, it’s time to get out on the water! Come visit us at Sun and Salt to rent a kayak and start your Oahu adventure. We have a variety of kayaks to choose from, so you can find the perfect one for your needs. And our experienced staff can help you plan your trip and ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
The beach is a short 5-minute drive from our store, so we provide free foam pads and straps so you can drive your kayak to Kailua Beach or Lanikai Beach. If you’re staying in a residence along Kailua or Lanikai Beach, we deliver rental kayaks free of charge for multi-day rentals.
So what are you waiting for? Come Visit us today and start exploring the beautiful waters of Oahu!