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Offline kayakman

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Kayak transport on vehicles.
« on: July 03, 2008, 11:17:56 pm »
I drive a Dodge Dakota with a topper and I found lashing my kayaks to the roof racks a pain. I used kayak foam blocks and canoe blocks but on long highway trips I was constantly stopping to check, adjust the load and retie.  I also converted a boat trailer with a plywood carpetted deck which can carry 4 yaks but living in the city storage is a problem.  I'm constantly jockeying my boat trailer and tent trailer around the yard.  Last week I cleaned out my garage and found an old fold down bike rack on the shelf from my mountain bike fishing days.  It fits into a hitch receiver and folds down so you can open the tailgate.  I bolted a 4' 2X6 horizontally so that it lays across the back of the truck.  I covered it in carpet and mounted reflectors.  Now I can slide my two 12' manta rays and two 8' WS Rippers (my play boats for surfing in whitewater) at the same time and tie them down with one strap.  The modified bike rack extends my 6' truck bed to 9' and allows the kayaks to balance very nicely.  I noticed that I am saving fuel with no added wind resistance.  The only down side is the amount of dust that gets inside the topper so I carry my fishing gear in the cab.  I guess no system is perfect.  How does every one else transport their yaks?


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Re: Kayak transport on vehicles.
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2008, 10:00:58 pm »
Would love to see a picture kayakman.


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Re: Kayak transport on vehicles.
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2008, 11:40:42 am »
I guess that is the good part about living in the Valley... you don't have to worry about people stealing your shit..LOL. We have (those of us who yak together) roof top craddles to transport the yaks but a friend has also recently purchased a utility trailer strickly for this purpose it will hold up to 6 yaks unless we stand them on their side. Perfect for towing and that leaves room in the vehicle for all to drive in one car or truck. Usually we have to take seperate vehicles but this new addition has relieved a lot of the added fuel burden.
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Re: Kayak transport on vehicles.
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2008, 05:26:53 pm »
Hey extreme...The next time you are out with it loaded will you take a pic for me?

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Re: Kayak transport on vehicles.
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2008, 11:44:01 am »
That trailer Ex is talkin about is definately a great way to get the yaks around... she will be loaded for the August long weekend ... will get some pics then for sure.
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2008, 03:22:43 pm »
Thanks Bfeather I have been wrestling with that kinda idea for awhile...Would like to see how your doing it...

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Re: Kayak transport on vehicles.
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2008, 12:15:46 am »
I have been away in the east Kootenay's so I finally have a pic of the kayak rack loaded up.  The trout fishing was a bust but the lakes are really scenic.  However the Bass fishing was smoking for 1 to 2 lbs.  The lake in the picture is Spring lake, near Tie Lake on the Pickering Hills FSR.  If you go take a 4x4 as the road is very rough and rutted.  But I must say it was worth the trip.

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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2008, 11:59:08 am »
Man that looks like a fun little lake :) You can see the pockets where cruising Largemouth would just pounce on baits...Man im dreaming of tossing topwater with lightaction rods now....mmmmm...Lucky bugger you are...lol

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Re: Kayak transport on vehicles.
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2008, 12:51:01 pm »
I just discovered that the best way to transport my fishing kayak is in my boat.  This also allows me to fish with my non-kayak angling buddies and they can tow me around.   Yes....that is snow  :o
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« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2008, 12:55:00 pm »
Nice work :)

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Re: Kayak transport on vehicles.
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2009, 08:07:33 pm »
Okay I know someone asked the question and I haven't been on in ages but here is what the trailer looks like. I will post some others after.. different angles and all.

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« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2009, 09:53:05 pm »
sweet trailer :) a bunch of yaks on there :)

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« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2009, 11:49:32 pm »
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Re: Kayak transport on vehicles.
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2009, 08:11:14 am »
For sure we did the same thing until we got too many to carry on the roof of one vehicle. By utilizing the trailer we can get more guys in the vehicles. I say that because the bed of the trailer holds all the gear and the space inside the vehicle can be used for actually holding people... go figure..
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Re: Kayak transport on vehicles.
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2009, 12:36:50 pm »
Here is how I transport my Tegris.
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And here is how I transport the Tegris and my Dimension Escapade.
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   Dear jediangler,

   I was really glad to see your photo how do you transport your kayaks on the top of a relatively small car. It encouraged me a lot, because I'm considering to buy a kayak for fishing and I drive Accord 2003.
   I'm completely a novice for kayaking. So let me ask you, please, some questions. The answers would be really of a big help for me.

First, I don't see any rack or mount,  it seems you put your kayak(s) on just with some pieces of cell foam. 
1) Does this gives enough stability and security for long (200-300 km) trips?
2) Doesn't it scratch and/or press down the roof of your car?
3) Maybe it would be better to buy some kind of a roof rack? Do I really need to have one?  I love my car, so I would like to keep it in good condition for long time.
4) I have some doubts about the size of kayak, but I see that your longer boat...  How long is it?
I was thinking that I need to buy something which is not more than 10ft (~3m), but I feel that longer kayak would give me more stability and could keep the direction better. So would it be a good choice to buy solid 3,5 m "sit on top".  (Sorry, I'm originally from Europe, so I'm thinking better in metrics, but replies in ft and inches are welcome also, if it makes easier for you...  :)   thanks )
5) How much % more fuel does your car takes when you transport only that smaller kayak on your car roof?

p.s.   What people thinking about Pelican Castaway 116 DLX ?

    Thank you in advance.
All the other people are welcome to reply/comment my questions.

Kind regards,
serge
« Last Edit: May 20, 2009, 12:52:46 pm by serge »


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