Greetings, here you will find some of my kayaking tips!

General Tips

Transporting Without a Roof Rack

You can transport a single kayak without a roof rack. It's simple, it's cheap, and you don't have to worry about the aftermarket roof rack letting go and falling off. Here's how I do it:
  1. If you have a removable antenna in the way, you should take it off:

  2. Buy two standard bath mats, with a soft top and a rubbery bottom. This will let you put them on your roof without moving around and you can slide the boat around to get it in place without scratching your paint:

  3. Lay the boat top-down on the mats and slide into place:

  4. Buy a pool noodle and cut it in half, each half should be long enough to go under the kayak, one at the front and one at the back. Try to do this so the noodles aren't on the mats:

  5. Now remove the mats (notice those scratches are from BEFORE I figured out the bath mat trick, you're welcome:

  6. Strap it down! I like using a front and rear strap to keep it from moving backwards and forwards. The middle strap is really what does most of the "holding down" work:

  7. Removal is just the opposite: unstrap, slide bath mats back in, remove noodles, remove boat.

Recommended Products

Your kayak probably didn't come with everything that you may need, so here are some extras I recommend. Hardware note - Any time you mount something to your boat, you'll want to use pop rivets or I prefer to use nuts/bolts/washers. Just make sure you use stainless steel hardware so they don't rust. Most accessories you buy won't come with these, so you'll need to run up to the hardware store to find the right size for your application.

Happy paddles!