How do you transport your kayaks ?

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Anyone have some novel forms of transporting kayaks ?

I have 2 4m sitons which don't wish to accomodate each other in any position.

Tend to strap one to the top of my trailer and then strap the second in a manner across the top of the first. Takes a good 1/2 an hour and some manhandling to get the buggers positioned and tied down securely.

Am considering getting a roofrack so I can put 1 on the car and 1 on the trailer ? 

My other thought was to get a framework to mount to the top of the trailer - but this seems like hard work.

 

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Pland,

hmmmm. I recall having seen somebody with a novel looking trailer. They were transporting 4 Eco Bezhigs around. I think those are 4 or so meters. I haven't a clue where they got it though. If you want something quickly I'd say yeah build a frame out of 2x4's for your trailer.

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my dad has got roof racks for his car but havent actuallt used them yet but they are all moulded with a good fastening system. i would say this is a good idea.

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you could try and put an old matress between them, i find it molds to the shape and makes it easyier to tie together
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i pop the hatch and put mine in the pasenger seat. i make sure it wears a seatbelt and tie the hatch down with a rope that goes through the end carry handle. its secure, but the exhaust fumes hinder my paddling abilities a bit, i tend to just want to sleep when i get there. i have a roof rack to fit onto the wifes car when i get a chance. but i have to make the brackets that hold the kayak in place. i'll use plywood and cut it with a template of the kayaks bottom side profile.

maybe i'll just buy a hiace, much easier!

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I transport 2 Perception Swing kayaks, next to each other and upside down, on roofracks on a Nissan Terrano.  Searched around a bit to find roofracks wide enough to take both. 

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Thule makes a roof rack that allows you to tie them facing sideways. Works pretty well. pricey depending on your vehicle...
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I carry two 4.1 metre sit ons ,on the roof of my honda integra.I use pro racks and i stand both kayaks on their sides to fit two on,i use two holders for each kayak so they sit on their sides on the roof rack then i drop two wank wank straps over them and tie both ends down on front and rear ,never had a problem,have been on several long(6-7 hour) drives with them  140km plus no sweat.P.S if you see me dont follow too close aye .If all my yak mates wanna come on the mish we have a trailer with a rack that will take 4 kayaks,real easy to make trailer racks.
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Hi Big Fish Hunter,

What is a wank wank Strap??

Hellfish,

I have used Thule roof racks for surfboards, they are excellent, pricey though. They probably will have attachments for kayaks.

Have thought about getting a kayak, and have found your comparisons excellent.

Got to agree with all to try before you buy to make sure it is comfortable for you personally. I remembering reading about a chap who had a good setup in the NZ Fishing News. Was 3 or 4 months ago.

Cheers Woody

Cheers Woody.

 

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yep my dads got the thule kayak holders but he cant remember how much they were. weve got the thule ski rack also which i use to hold skis, snowboards, surfboards and also my fishing rods. they have a clamping mechanism with soft padding and dont damage the rods and boards

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Thule Kayak Rack $380!
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My pro racks were $250 i think but the pieces to side stand the yaks on the racks almost required a second mortgage to get $150 a pair and i needed two pair ,didnt tell mum about that lot (they dont look that expensive so i think i may get away with it)

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All - thanks for the excellent feedback.

Will go look at some roofracks.

 

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