Kayak is a small and narrow boat that is used for fishing and other purposes like diving, wilderness exploration, etc. It is made of metal, fiberglass, wood, plastic, PVC, etc. There are various types of kayaks that are used for fishing. These kayaks are wooden kayak, stitch and glue and plywood kayaks. Among various kayaks stitch and glue and plywood kayaks are lighter kayak than other kayaks. But if anybody wants to take a kayak to their home for storing purposes, then he should tie a kayak to a roof rack because transporting a kayak is an important thing and it is possible to transport it above a car if rack system is available on the top of the car. To load a kayak in the vehicle, different equipment is necessary for this process.
The foam block is the main way for transporting a kayak. It is less expensive and easy to handle. If any fisherman wants to take a kayak in his home, he can use Foam Blocks because Foam blocks are helpful for transporting kayak within a small distance. But there are some drawbacks of Foam blocks. When fishermen want to transport their kayak for long distance, they need to pull the kayak very hard on tie-down straps. It can damage the kayak.
Another drawback is a windy condition that can obstruct to load a kayak on the car.
The saddle is one type of leather seat that is used to transport the kayaks right side up, the hull or the main body down, cockpit up. When fishermen transport the kayak with cockpit up, they should keep a cockpit cover with them.
J-Cradles are used to hold kayaks in j-shaped forms for transporting. If there are small or narrow roofs on the vehicle, then it is difficult to put two kayaks on the roof of the vehicle. In that situation, J-Cradles give permission to the vehicles for transportation of kayaks. J-Cradles are paired in form and used to transport the kayak per pair. If we don’t keep the kayak in the back part of the vehicle, we can put that kayak from the side after picking the kayak up. For this activity, a younger and taller paddler is necessary to lift the kayak up easily.
SOME STEPS TO TIE DOWN A KAYAK TO A ROOF RACK
1) We should set the kayak on the roof rack of the vehicle and keep the upper side down.
2) We should place the kayak perfectly parallel to the car that can ensure the front part of the kayak as straight forward as possible.
3) Webbing straps used to hold the kayak to the roof of the car.
4) 2 lines or straps are used to hold the hull of the kayak in place.
5) We should secure the two ends of the kayak to the bars at the front and back of a vehicle that’s known as bumpers that protect the kayak if it bumps into something.
SOME DRIVING TIPS
Before driving the car, the driver should make sure that the kayak is fastened to the roof of the car perfectly. During driving, the kayaks soften up due to the exposing of the heat of the sun. To check the kayak, we should take it and shake it well from the side to side. After shaking the whole car will move if the kayak is ok and secure. So, before driving, drivers should check and inspect the whole process. Drivers should drive the car carefully after tying up the kayak with the roof rack of the car. If the process of tying up is not completed successfully, the kayaks can affect the handling process of the car in high winds. So, tying up the kayak is important.
From the above article, it is found that tying up of the kayak to the roof rack is important because it can secure the transportation of kayak properly. That’s why fishermen can carry the kayaks at their home from the store and make a proper kayak for kayaking purposes.