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u/zero_dgz · 1 pointr/Kayaking

For recreational use an inflatable is probably just peachy. Don't expect it to be fast, because it won't be. And don't expect it to be exceptionally maneuverable, because it won't be that, either. It will be different from your rental kayak.

For what it's worth, I have the newer version of the Intex Challenger K2, which is very similar to the model you linked in your post. It's perfectly adequate for tooling around in still water like a lake. You could also remove the skeg and try it in a river or creek, but I'd advise against it. The bottom is pretty thick and it sags when you sit in it, so you need fairly deep water, at least 14" or so I'd say, otherwise you'll be dragging your butt on the bottom. (My dinky Future Beach Fusion can pass in about 6 inches of water with me sitting in it, by comparison. Maybe a little less if I don't care if I scrape a bit.) I think the specs say that thing can handle up to class 2 whitewater and people have said they've taken them up to class 3 but again, I wouldn't try it. There is obviously no way to fit a spray skirt, no way to fit any kind of thigh braces or even foot rests and it'd be very easy to get dumped out, I think. Also, once water gets into an inflatable it's very difficult to get out. You'll probably still float, after a fashion, even if you completely swamp the thing because of the air chambers but that'll make you sit even lower in the water...

Anyhoo, for one person use I think the "two person" inflatables are great. Just like a tent, the number-of-people rating is a little generous. Not only will you push the weight limit very quickly with two people on board (and sit even lower in the water!) but you'll find it very cramped. You can use it as a one man boat just fine. That leaves a lot of room to throw all your gear in the remaining space in the boat if you want to bring a dry bag or a cooler or whatever. I prefer to install only the rear seat and sit in the back, sort of like soloing in a canoe. If you do that you will loose the benefit of the Mystery Green Triangle that comes with the boat, which you're meant to stuff up into the bow and use as a foot rest for the front seat. Since there's nothing to brace your feet against you'll have trouble paddling with anything resembling a really powerful stroke.

You'll want to do three things if you buy the Intex: Drill a hole in the included skeg and tie it to one of the lashing points on the boat with some paracord or something. If you scrape it likes to pop out of its slot and if you lose it you're in trouble. The boat will not track without the skeg in open water. It just won't. Also, glue the end cap onto the included pump or buy a different one. It works just fine, but mine liked to blow the end cap off all the time when I was trying to inflate the boat which is annoying as hell. And lastly, ditch the included paddles and buy some different ones. Even some cheap paddles from Dick's or something would be better. The included paddles work, for suitably small quantities of "work", but the blades are very bendy and the shafts are pretty bendy and rattly too, and you waste a lot of energy flexing the paddle around rather than moving the boat. The only advantage the included paddles have is that they break into five pieces and fit into the carry bag. You can get ultralight carbon fiber paddles for hardcore pack-nuts that'll break into small pieces like these if you really want to, but if you can handle carrying the paddle separately a $40 Chute paddle from Dick's will be perfectly adequate. When you buy a paddle for this thing make sure you get a nice long one, because the Intex is very wide and you will scrape the sides of it all the time if your paddle is too short. (If your paddle is good and long you will only scrape the sides of it most of the time, which is marginally less annoying.)

The Intex K2 was my first kayak, at least the first one that I actually owned and didn't borrow from someone. I bought it for the same reason as you, mostly. I was broke, I wanted a boat, and I didn't really have anywhere to store a boat or a way to transport one. It served me well for a while, and I still have it to use as a loaner. I will say this about it, too: A buddy of mine who is super into outdoor gear and equipment just bought one despite the fact that he owns not one, not two, but three "real" hard sided boats. The ability to roll the thing up and throw it in your trunk really can't be overstated. He got the 1 man version, and loves it for being able to just drive to the local lake after work and throw it in the water for a relaxing afternoon out there.

I see a lot of people on the local lake with Sea Eagles. Most of them seem to be having a blast with them. I've never sat in one, and they're more than twice the price of the Intex. They're probably better built. Someone else can probably chime in with some info on those.

u/explore_guy · 2 pointsr/Kayaking


The bottom is a hard line keel for both the Pungo and the Loon. The Loon has sloping sides, whereas the Pungo is hard-chined. I wouldn't think there would be much performance difference, but the stability of the Pungo could be a bit better. Don't have pics of that.

I have had the Loon out on the water like 5 times now. It handled the first time with a bit of chop pretty well. Then three of the times, in placid water, it was so sleek it was like a dream. The other time it was in moderate chop, it did feel stable, but I didn't venture too far from shore.

It tracks very well, turns on what to me feels like a dime. My friend had a LL Bean Manatee (10') and I easily went in circles around it in terms of speed and tracking.
Here are two other pics for reference on the water. I like the side view because it shows how low in the water it sits. I believe this is good for flat-water kayaking since it reduces the wind drag. It moderately protects against water coming over the bow, but I'm sure a touring or sea kayak would be better in that department:

Finally, it is soooo comfortable, at least compared with numerous rental boats I've tried over the years. I could sit in it for hours. Width and length are great to stretch out, and the seat is awesome. I'd recommend getting a high back PFD. I literally tried 5 of them with the kayak, and the two best for me were: Astral and Onyx: (the one I bought)

u/smithaa02 · 1 pointr/Kayaking

In the industry, you have what is referred to as a "naked roof". This makes installing a conventional roofrack tricky, but fear not there are alternatives.

One option is to get "towers" that strap under the door and are cinched tight. These work well and my brother has one for his Mazda Protege.

Once you have the towers on, you can get bars that well exceed the width of the vehicle, making transporting two yaks pretty easy.

Although you have short yaks which means they are fat. One way to make stacking boats easier on a roofrack is get a jbar, so the boat can be positioned vertically. I love my Yakima j-bars myself, but you can get cheaper knockoffs from Amazon.

When shopping for bars, there are three types. Flat (factor bars), square (thule), and round (Yakima/generic). I prefer round myself and they fit a number of common saddles and j-bars.

If you really want to save on money, here is dirt cheap tower and round bar set that I used to use on my Corolla:

40 dollars...much cheaper than a name-brand like Yakima and easy to install yourself...but the Yakima versions are much better quality.

For j-bars, you can get a dirt cheap set like this for $25...but honestly these don't fit fat kayaks well (doable though, but not ideal):

My vote would be for a name-brand j-bar like Yakima:

For even more room you could get folding cradles.

If you call Yakima's sales support, they can give you a ton of useful information.

u/Myatariisbusted · 1 pointr/Kayaking

Here is my evolution of racks (originally posted here:

I've just finished trying solutions for getting my 60lb poly Tempest 170 on the roof (almost always solo).

First I used inflatable roof racks from Malone, which get the job done surprisingly well, but lifting the 17 foot boat up there remained a challenge.

Second I shifted to J racks as i hated watching the hull deform a bit (temporarily only) by tying the poly boat down on the inflatable. So I got these Malone J Racks. I like these racks, but they add a few inches to the height needed to lift the boat. I could do it, but tended to scrape the car and boat up a bit. That and eventually I was going to injure my back.

Third I got the Malone Telos Load Assist which seemed like a nice, more affordable solution to load assist than the Thule Hullavator. It can be moved from side to side and vehicle to vehicle so the more boats you are loading (requiring Malone J racks) the cheaper it is effectively. The Telos system works, but ins't perfect. It was still scratching my boat up too much, and my side mirror even when folded in. Honestly for smaller boats it would have been just fine.

Finally I caved and returned the Telos and ordered the Thule Hullavator (Note that you can get it cheaper from other places than amazon, but Amazon is convenient to link to for reviews and such). It is silly how pricey it is, but it simply works. I don't risk my back or my gear when loading or unloading, and it is cake to work with.

Been a few months of use and I am SO happy with the final solution.

u/exploring_guy · 1 pointr/Kayaking

Defer to your further research as to whether it is OK to fix it up or get a new one. It does look a bit worn out from my perspective, but if it holds you and it is leak free, might be worthwhile. My advice would be to stick close to shore though :)

What you have is a type of "touring" kayak, which will be fine for a local lake. If you're looking for something with a larger opening, get a recreational kayak instead. Types are reviewed here:

Definitely a good idea if you have a pool to watch some Youtube videos and try out techniques.

As for paddle, I can recommend

For PFD (personal flotation device), I recommend

Also, you'll need to think about how to transport it. For instance, last year I owned a recreational kayak, and had it on the roof of my car using the following:

foam to protect the car and on which to place the kayak:
straps secured over the sides and tied through my car windows:
tie-downs for the front and back, and secure it to a metal non-moving piece of the car:

u/MrBillyLotion · 0 pointsr/Kayaking

Do you have an easy way to transport it? If not, a decent inflatable kayak might be a good choice. I recently picked this up for cheap and am enjoying it

That's on the cheap side, but for calm stuff it's fine, pretty comfortable actually. As for a life jacket, I would recommend the NRS brand, not too expensive but pretty well made.

u/sexual_orientation · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

Gonna go ahead and recommend a much cheaper option- the Intex Challenger K1. It's a surprisingly great little inflatable and packs up pretty well, with a $70 price tag to boot. I used mine for two summers on some calm lakes and rivers and never had an issue with leaking. In my opinion, definitely the best budget option for someone just tipping their toes in kayaking.

u/inquisitivechild · 1 pointr/Kayaking

I just got one of the inflatable ones and freaking love it. The single has 2 chambers and the double has 3. It's pretty tough stuff and as a complete newb, I felt really safe and stable.

Basically, how bad do you want to get on the water?
How much to rent a handful of times vs $60 for a single or $75 for a double. Both with really high reviews.

I love the double because I can just lean back and relax. I'm in Buffalo NY and went down the river and got to the edge of the lake. It got really choppy and I felt exttemely stable and safe.

My friend and I are planning on taking them to Allegheney and kayaking into where we want to camp. 400 lb limit on the double. The two of us went out on it when I first got it, for a total of about 475 lbs and we were able to slowly move along but felt completely safe. It convinced him to by both the single and double.



Guy who went on class 3/4 whitewater on the double:

u/trillclick · 1 pointr/Kayaking

I had bought specific kayaking ones, but these I found on ebay and are so comfortable. Plus it was like 10 bucks or something. I can find the link to the item if people are interested.

Edit: I couldn't find the same product, but this one has a similar cut and shape

Alternatively, I also bought this one I bought one. Almost as comfortable but the back was too high so I would end up leaning and sitting too far back. These fit the kids perfectly though

And since we're talking about PFDs, this is the one I use for the sausage puppy

u/rcn85 · 3 pointsr/Kayaking

Anchor with a decent amount of rope. You can buy one specific for a kayak but if you want something cheaper, get a 5 or 10 lb freeweight and just tie a rope through it and boom you have an anchor.

A bilge pump helps get water out of the kayak

A net helps greatly.

A tackle bag or box would fit nicely behind your seat in the area that has the tie downs.

A fishfinder if you want to get fancy

u/coherent-rambling · 1 pointr/Kayaking

Getting a cheap rack is the hard part. I'm not sure what's available for the Accord, but you might even want to check with your dealer. My Mazda 3 offered a Mazda-branded Yakima Whispbar, which was already slightly cheaper from Mazda than it was from Yakima. But by getting the Mazda part number and searching online, I found it for about half price, I think around $250.

Once you've figured out a rack, the cradles are easy. I don't know how the big brands get away with the prices they ask. I've had this set for two years now, and they're holding up great. And yes, that's $50 for 4 J-cradles, sufficient to carry two boats. The mounting system will work with either round or aero bars and seems very sturdy.

u/driftalong83 · 3 pointsr/Kayaking

Intex Challenger K1 Kayak, 1-Person Inflatable Kayak Set with Aluminum Oars and High Output Air Pump

Intex Explorer K2 Kayak, 2-Person Inflatable Kayak Set with Aluminum Oars and High Output Air Pump

I own both and can attest that they are perfect for calm water with light breeze. The pump they come with inflate the kayak in under 10 minutes. They weigh about 15-20 lbs each.

The explorer k2 handles more like a canoe.

Happy paddling!

u/Anabeer · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

Most inflatable kayaks are either kids toys or pretty much expensive and heavy.


I was on a local lake a few weeks ago and saw a group paddling a couple of inflatables along with a rec boat. We chatted. These boats are packable, come in a bag with pump, skeg, paddle, seat and boat for $90 CAN. Must be less in the US.

Here it is in Canada:

The girls said these were the most comfortable things like evar, they felt safe on the lake and they certainly had no trouble scooting didn't seem like they were working hard to get anywhere like in those inflatable raft things.

u/flargenhargen · 3 pointsr/Kayaking

nice job

you really need bow lines to be safe. a couple of these and a rope is all you need to highly reduce the risk of losing your boat or hurting/killing someone.

enjoy your new boat and the fun and freedom it will bring you!

u/BootyButtPirate · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

I have a 2003 4runner so its slightly bigger than your 3rd gen. My wife and I each have 10' entry level sit in rec kayaks. I successfully mount and carry both on the factory roof rack with 2 pairs of cheap Amazon J hooks. I can lift and mount the kayaks solo but its much easy with two people. I put 2 ratcheting tie straps over the kayaks securing them to the cross bars and side rails (not the J hooks). I use a bow and stern lines attached to the front recovery loops and rear hitch. It works well. If I were doing longer distance driving (200+ miles) with the kayaks I would probably get some higher grade J Hooks.

Here is the 2 Pairs of J Hooks (thats 4 total) for about $60.

I bought an aftermarker set of cross rail for my wife's Odyessy and another set of J Hooks. I mount and carry them the same way. The van is newer and and cleaners so we only use it for the drop off vehicle. Here is the after market cross rails (that also fit my 4runner) Link

u/Granny_knows_best · 5 pointsr/Kayaking

Look for a local outfitter, the family owned and ran type store. I have always had the best luck with them, and the customer service is untouchable. They go that extra mile to make sure you return.


I had an older Jeep but it did just fine ..I got some rack pads and tied it down bow and stern as well as side to side.....these work really well for the front of the car.

u/waterboysh · 1 pointr/Kayaking

> but I don't want to have to tie down the front (like you have on your fenders) or the rears,

It's actually under the hood and under the trunk. There is nowhere on the frame of my wife's car to attach something. To be honest, it didn't feel necessary to do the front and back because the mount held it in place very well. But, I feel like it's a backup in case the mount comes off the rack itself.

u/outsourced_bob · 3 pointsr/Kayaking

There is a way (though not so easy) to haul kayaks on your JK - to address some of your concerns:

For easy bow line connection point - this might work
They mount under the hood and flip under the hood when not in use...

For the kayak/canoe to be on the roof - I've seen a configuration where:
There was a square tube mount that mounted directly the the sides of the windshield and the rear set of cross bars was actually a T rack that was mounted on the hitch...the windshield mount looked something like this, but I recall it bolted directly to the sides of the windshield in the factory holes...thinking more about it, I don't think it was a JK. The rear looked like this

As for seats soaking up mud...Its a Jeep! ;-)....maybe consider neoprene seat covers?

u/Drewie64 · 1 pointr/Kayaking

I have a Chevy Cruze and an 11 foot kayak, what I do is first unscrew the antenna at the center of the roof. Most cars this can just screw and unscrew no problem.

I have 2 foam blocks like this Centering it as best I can. I try to put them right before the windshield and rear window, the area with the most support. When I load my kayak there is a small part that actually touches the roof so I just put an old towel under it to prevent scratching. The towel is pinned by the kayak and not going anywhere.

Next I put these things under the trunk and hood so I can use a rope to tie down the front and back. I have tried running this system without tying down the front and back and I would not feel comfortable driving more than a couple miles going <30 MPH.

Now I use straps like this and open all my doors and loop it over the kayak and through my car. Again trying to stay close to the front for more strength.

Then I just tighten the front and back ropes to make sure its not going to move left to right, and double check the straps across the kayak.

It seems like a lot but the whole process of loading and tying down takes maybe 10 minutes and that's alone. Quick drive around the block to make sure its good and I'm okay with driving for a couple hours before I want to check it.

This system has worked well for me and the only damage to my car has been the straps will move around a little near the door and leave marks but those are easily buffed out.

u/kiwicelt · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

Glad to hear you made it in one piece. I have been reading this book every so often which recounts the stories of some lucky and not so lucky kayakers put in choppy conditions. It's the decisions taken on land that save you at sea.

u/newestHope · 3 pointsr/Kayaking

Last year I owned a recreational kayak, and had it on the roof of my car using the following:

foam to protect the car and on which to place the kayak: straps secured over the sides and tied through my car windows: tie-downs for the front and back, and secure it to a metal non-moving piece of the car:

Note that with the straps, you'll want to twist them so that they don't make an awful buzzing sound!

u/fobis · 1 pointr/Kayaking

2 door or 4 door? I just ordered this for my 4 door accord after seeing one out in the wild the other day. It is pretty well reviewed and only $90.

I like that it spreads a bit wider where it goes through the door frame than the foam block kits do, people say that it is easier on the door gaskets and what not. It also has D Rings build into the top of it so that you can fasten the kayak without having to run additional straps through the doors. I plan to run fore and aft lines though.

u/Jrose152 · 1 pointr/Kayaking

Have you considered foam racks? Copy and paste from my post earlier:

I have a 2000 civic hatchback DX so we basically have the same car but my car has a bigger butt. I bought this 25$ foam kit off amazon and it works fine. I also got these hooks and installed them on the radiator bolts and carry the kayak in the center of the roof. Two straps that came with the foam kit across the kayak and through the door shutting both doors on the straps, one more like it from tail of kayak to tow hook in the back, and one of the ropes off the nose like a V attaching to these two hooks on the front of the car. If you want to go more expensive there is this 90$ inflatable roof rack. I went with the cheaper route because I usually have a truck but the few times I don't I want to be able to still go out. I've yet to have an issue with the foam blocks. They work really well.

Edit, I also have a moonroof installed on my car. Tightened down tighter then it probably needs to be, the kayak almost touches the moonroof.

They also make wider ones for non V shaped kayaks also.

u/B_Wildman · 4 pointsr/Kayaking

This is always my suggestion for anyone asking the best way to have removable but effective tie down points.

Use these underneath the hood and hatch for quick non permanent tie down points. Sherpak 078115 Quick Loops (Pair) , Black

And these so you don't have to worry about dealing with knots. Sentry Ratchet Kayak and Canoe Bow and Stern Tie Downs 1/4" Grow Light Heavy Duty Adjustable Rope Hanger (2-Pack)

u/iaintcommenting · 3 pointsr/Kayaking

What kind of kayak are you thinking of getting?

If it can fit inside your vehicle without impeding your driving then that is probably fine, if you have to force it to make it fit then it's probably less fine.

If you have a hard-top on your jeep then there's also the option of using foam blocks (something like instead of a full set of cross bars. You should be able to find them at just about any store that sells kayak stuff. They're a little less convenient then a set of cross bars but they work well enough if you're careful and they're cheap.

u/metarchaeon · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

If you have a $500 budget, you might want to go ahead and get a roof rack. Then you can get a couple of J racks. The bars might come in hand for other stuff (car top carrier, skis, etc) as well.

u/SGallmeier · 1 pointr/Kayaking

They sell these kayak mounting kits Here

I used one of these on a 13.5' Feelfree Lure on top of a '08 Pontiac Grand Prix for two seasons without much issue. The advice I would have is if you want make sure you don't scratch anything, put a blanket down while getting everything in place.

u/Surferbro · 1 pointr/Kayaking

Depends on how you like to secure boats. The 401 will probably be a tad quieter since it's keel down. The jayhook style 400 is an angled keel.

Both systems are t-slotted, btw. Do you have aftermarket bars? You need bars that have the channel/trench for these systems. If you don't, here's a link to a Yakima product, the jaylow. It's a jay-hook with a convenient universal fit, and folds down out of the way. Yakima JayLow Folding J-Cradle Rooftop Kayak Rack with Tie-Downs

u/SecondVoyage · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

I was thinking of doing the pool noodles but went with instead.

Hoping it works well.

u/asymptomatic · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

These have been awesome for me so far. It's ridiculous how useful something so simple can be.

Edit: Actually the pictures down show how these work. Here's a video that explains it better.

I have one about half way up on each side of the hood of my car (I have convenient bolts there) - I find that two tie downs at the front make it easier to see if anything is moving above my head as well as being more stable. I had an accident last year involving a failed rack and a 15 ft long yak, so I take the kind of care that someone who learned a lesson takes.

u/Kayak4Eva · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

Deep Trouble by Matt Broze and George Gronseth
I learned so much from reading this book! It's more a collection of cautionary tales than an adventure book - but it could potentially save your life.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/Kayaking

There's something called a Malone Handirack which is an inflatable roof rack. I use it on my '01 Honda Civic to carry two stackable 12' Ocean Kayak Scrambler XTs. Picture Here. It's about $75-90 on Amazon and they work awesome. Video of me going 70mph on the highway with it.

u/colonelpan1c · 1 pointr/Kayaking

I have the same bars and the WB400 carriers for my Mazda. Great hardware. Unfortunately Yakima bought them for their patents and discontinued the whole line.

On the bow and stern lines - I usually run a bow line only. No good place to attach the stern line on my car without significant inconvenience.

I have these little straps I close in my hood I can hook the bow line to that might work for you - just close it in the frunk. Something like this:

u/yaknc · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

You can get something like this and it will go in your hood and/or trunk:

Those are by Thule, so you will probably want to get an off brand and save some money...

u/houseofcards2 · 1 pointr/Kayaking

I have a fusion and let me tell you these cars are not made to carry kayaks so you have a few things to buy. I'm gonna attach everything I bought for you and I've had great results with it so far.

Roof rack SportRack SR1002 Complete Roof Rack System, Black

Kayak rack Thule 830 The Stacker (4) Kayak Carrier

Under the hood bow and stern tie points. The whole car is plastic and there's no safe spots to tie them. Thule 530 Quick Loop Strap,Black

u/ultra242 · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

Thanks for the bit of kayak info, I really don't know much about them at this point. I'm hoping you notice my future thread I'll post about buying a kayak, if I need to post after doing my research.

I consider the $200 for the trailer to be paid for already, because I'll use this trailer for other things. So adding in two pair of these racks and setting them up similar to this trailer won't cost me much at all (thanks /u/chancrescolex).

u/h20rabbit · 3 pointsr/Kayaking

On my old car I used tow hooks. On my current vehicle, I use the tow hitch in back and there is a part of the grill I can loop around that includes the frame. I would not suggest just a piece of the body, definitely go for the frame where ever you can get to it.

Hood loops are a good and inexpensive option for the front. Use a bolt inside the hood then just pull them out or tuck them in when using or not.

u/Calevara · 1 pointr/Kayaking

I'm going to pick this up on Sunday to transport my new boat on my little Honda fit. Should work for you as well, and a little more comforting than a pool noodle rig in my opinion.

u/PaddleYakker · 1 pointr/Kayaking

The straps are good, here is another option as well. I dont like the straps in my line of site when driving so I use the back doors and it works fine.

u/miles9x · 1 pointr/Kayaking

Yes as long as your ropes and straps are tied off correctly. I recommend these straps in con junction with that kit.

Built U.S.A. Sherpak Hood Loops (Pair)

u/schlamboozle · 1 pointr/Kayaking

I bought a Thule and couldn't be happier with it. Buy [these] ( attachments to mount your kayak to the rack as the Thule ones are pricy. Check craigslist often for attachments. I picked up two bike attachments for about the price of one.

Edit: Yakima's are on prime day.

u/GVSUbonnie · 1 pointr/Kayaking

Thats also a little bit of my concern.These were the ones I bought because I was being a little cheap after buying the kayaks and they had decent reviews. They seem pretty sturdy on the local roads that I've been on. I may have to be less cheap and go out and buy some more "premium" ones. I think I spent like 60 bucks for the two sets that I have so they probably aren't the best quality.

u/1RedOne · 1 pointr/Kayaking

Thanks for the pictures!

Is the cross bar necessary, or is that the bike carrier? Also, would these J hooks be able to clip onto the rack you have?

u/ARoundForEveryone · 4 pointsr/Kayaking

You're probably fine if everything is tight, but I picked up these a few weeks ago and they just give me a little extra security. I strap them to the tie down on the kayak with a bungee.

Shoreline Marine Propel hood...

u/nate81 · 1 pointr/Kayaking

If i bought these for my car...... could i buy these to fit?

u/stephentheheathen · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

Challenger K2 Kayak

If you're in Canada here is the link to the one we bought. 10/10 would recommend

u/Mulefire2011 · 1 pointr/Kayaking

Depending on whether you are just throwing your boat in the back of your trick or onto a rack there are a few different options. For the rack there are the expensive Thule and Yakima side loaders, and some cheaper Malone options that include suction rollers and extension bars.

One of the simplest items is just the simple pole with a bracket on top. Something you could easily make yourself. An example of one would be:

With the pole you just need to get the front of your boat up onto the pole bracket and then you pick the back up and slide it over.

u/54338042094230895435 · 7 pointsr/Kayaking

You shouldn't hang if from the carry points. Run straps under the kayak. Get yourself one of these and you'll be better off.

u/Engineered-Failure · 4 pointsr/Kayaking

Look into getting something like these and tie the knot around them instead.

u/chancrescolex · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

There are plenty of other options out there too. Those were just a few I found with a quick google search. The downside to that last one is that those kayak racks can run around $100-$200 per set if you get a name brand. I have these though and they work just fine. You'd also need some welding experience and the right equipment.

If it were me, I think I would prefer not having the kayaks out towards the sides, just in case I got side-swiped or something. I like the variations that have the kayaks raised above the platform and then you have the whole bed for gear.

u/BruceLeeSin · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

Yep, that's exactly what it is. It's called a bilge pump. His has a hose attached.

u/GoodyPower · 4 pointsr/Kayaking

You can buy straps/loops that gun under your car hood and give you a tie point. Can reduce chance of paint running vs tying to something underneath the car.

Propel by Shoreline Marine Hood and Trunk Loop Kayak Tie Down Straps

Like the above. There's also kinds that you attach to a bolt/screw under the hood that may be an option. Those you just flip out from the hood when you need to use.

u/ProbablyRunning · 1 pointr/Kayaking

I had the same issue. I bought these for my bow and stern. They're simple and very solid. I wouldn't fuss with anything else.

Thule 530 Quick Loop Strap

u/wwabc · 1 pointr/Kayaking

get to the gym and start doing shoulder presses!!

depends on the person, and what vehicle. if you can do it on the grass, you won't scratch the kayak too much if you prop up one end on the vehicle and then lift the back up.

watch out for windy days though...yikes, that will mess you up.

there are roof loaders of different types that would help:

u/SoJenniferSays · 1 pointr/Kayaking

My husband and I have the Explorer ( for tandem and it is just the slowest, clumsiest, most comfortable boat. We call it the RaftYak. Tracks like hell without the skeg, but does alright with it.

u/IWishIWereFishing · 3 pointsr/Kayaking

I bought and installed this a while back. No problems and it works great.

u/porkrind · 3 pointsr/Kayaking

Having done some of my kayaking instruction, particularly self-rescue training up in those waters, I don't know if I'd want to paddle there without some sort of immersion gear. At least a farmer john. Matt Broze's book is full of strong people that died in those waters due to hypothermia.

u/deano1589 · 1 pointr/Kayaking

Have you seen the inflatable roof racks? This is how I would go.

u/SailorJerry7030 · 3 pointsr/Kayaking

We've been using this, it's nice because if you have 2 cars (one at pick up also without a roof rack) you can take this off pretty quickly, deflate it & store it in your kayak until you get to the pick up spot and throw it on the other car

u/preprandial_joint · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

Check these out for more tie-down points:

Sherpak Hood Loops

Hood/Trunk Tie down Loops

Also, as others have said, you should look into a roof rack with stacker bars.

u/LittleHelperRobot · 1 pointr/Kayaking


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u/kvelec4326 · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

I haven't used them personally but these.

u/Bizrown · 3 pointsr/Kayaking

Frig been looking for a great inflatable kayak? Anyone have a good suggestion (links please) under 200$. Ive been on amazon for a while and have a few I like, but it’s hard to tell if it will be shit or not.

Leaning on this one: Intex Challenger K1 Kayak, 1-Person Inflatable Kayak Set with Aluminum Oars and High Output Air Pump

u/titanicx · 1 pointr/Kayaking

Well, thats the wrong boat....

It's This one, I think that one is their older one? I'm not sure.

u/IDontWantToArgueOK · 4 pointsr/Kayaking

These work great, however they can damage your door seals, and your paint if not strapped down carefully.

u/jimmythespider · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

I have a shiny car that i don;t want to scratch too bad, and I'm just too lazy to lift my boat over my head when i load it alone, so i use one of these. Makes life a little easier.

u/exfalsoquodlibet · 3 pointsr/Kayaking

I thought that was what would happen when that post was read; I think that was the effect I was aiming for. I suspect there are a lot of people who think that way.

I was doing some technical SCUBA diving, diving requiring decompression stops, and the idea of the normalization of deviance pops up many times when there are fatalities and a subsequent analysis of what has gone wrong occurs.

Avoiding safety measures due to the low probability of an event does not mitigate the dangers should an event happen.

This video is one of the better ones I have seen on this topic:

Situational Awareness: A Metacognitive Approach to Personal & Team Safety

I read this book:

And it seems many scenarios there are also made worse by the the normalization of deviance.