Transporting a big, plastic rotomoulded sit on kayak is never going to be as easy as carrying your weekly shop but transport needn’t be a logistical nightmare either. A bit of prior planning and thought will mean that it soon becomes second nature getting your toy to the beach and going for a sit-on kayaking session.
The obvious method of siton transport is your car. If you happen to have a big enough vehicle, such as a people carrier or even a van, then shoving your boat inside could make the journey process a doddle. Most people don’t have this option so chucking your sit on kayak on the roof is the next best method.
If you are in favour of putting your siton kayak on the roof of your car then you’ll need to purchase roof racks.
These pieces of equipment are readily available from many popular high street retailers and come in a range of sizes and styles. It’s important to make sure that the fittings on the ones you purchase are compatible with your vehicle. Each car has a different way of attaching roof bars and it would be unfortunate to get hold of the wrong ones and have to exchange them! As long as you have the make and model of your car then you should be able to source the correct roof bars without a problem.
If you don’t want to buy metal roof racks then another option is the inflatable kind.
You may scoff at this solution initially but a great deal of effort has been dedicated to manufacturing these inflatable products and if you purchase a reputable make then you’ll have the correct tools for the job. Handirack is one of the most popular in the UK. They have experience of producing equipment suitable for transporting many different types of toys to the beach – sit-on kayaks included. There are others available too though; a quick search online will give a long list of results. Roof rack straps If you’re planning on using some kind of roof rack system then you’ll also need to purchase a decent set of roof rack straps. As with everything, you get what you pay for; so you should be aiming for something as good as you can afford – the worst scenario is losing your kayak at 70 miles an hour! Heavy duty webbing straps with solid, robust and sturdy anti-slip clips are best. Most kayaking companies offer some form of roof rack strap system – Yak are a particularly good make and will last for an age.
If you are extremely dedicated to your sport, and in particular if you end up owning more than one kayak, then it may be worth investing in a trailer.
This would solve two issues – a lockable trailer will give adequate storage while at home (as long as you have the space for this) and it will be a good solution for transporting your sit on kayak(s) to your favoured launch spot. You can chuck everything you need into the trailer and this will mean an uncluttered car, which benefits the whole family. Many different types of trailer are available but if you can’t find a specific type then you could always go down the custom route. Lots of trailer making companies are around and they can manufacture something to your specific requirements – the only downside is the cost implications.
If you are fortunate enough to live close to a stretch of water then you might consider buying a two-wheeled trolley for transporting your kayak.These contraptions are available from your local retailer and offer a method of getting to the beach, either on foot or by bike. It may be worth getting hold of a kayak trolley anyway as they are an easy form of getting from the car park to your launch spot. Transporting your siton kayak does involve some logistical planning but, with a little thought, it’s not that hard to find an agreeable method.