So you’re all excited about the order you just placed for your new kayak? As you should be! Maybe it’s your first boat, maybe it’s your third.
We fully understand the new boat enthusiasm, but don’t let it make you forget the one essential item needed to get out on the water: a way to transport your yak(s).
Yes, we’ve had people show up to our shops (or warehouse) ready to take home a boat lacking the rack or trailer necessary to haul it. Fortunately, we have a wide variety of racks and trailers to choose from!Within these two categories, particularly for storage racks, there are several different methods to secure your boat to your vehicle (which vary depending on the type of vehicle you have, how many boats you’re looking to haul, etc.).
But generally speaking, how do you determine whether to go the rack or trailer route? Here’s an overview:
Kayak Rack Pros
– Price: Much less expensive than trailers
– Storage: Easy to store when not in use (all of the garage space!)
– Smaller Road Presence: Less considerations for parking and making tight turns because kayaks are stacked on top of vehicle or in the back of a truck
Kayak Rack Cons
– Parking: Clearance issues in covered parking and drive thru’s
– Loading/Securing: It’s important to know the proper techniques for loading kayaks and gear on top of your vehicle (if you’re opting for a roof rack) to avoid injury and/or damage to the vehicle, as well as possible damage to other vehicles and your kayak if your system fails due to improper set-up
Kayak Racks For Trucks
If you’ve got a pickup truck and you want to keep your truck’s bed available for other gear, consider the Yakima Outdoorsman 300.
If you’re looking for a lightweight option that uses the bed of your truck as support, go with the Boonedox Bed Extender. Make sure you understand your local laws regarding loads extending out of the back of a vehicle.
Kayak Racks For Cars + SUVs
One of the most basic systems that we carry for car roof racks is the Malone Universal Roof Rack (available in three different sizes), butf you’re looking for extra support, check out the Yakima SweetRoll Kayak Carrier supplemented with Yakima Crossbar Pads. Looking for something else entirely, there are so many different types of kayak carriers you’re sure to find something here.
Kayak Trailer Pros
– Easy loading: Trailers sit lower than the top of the roof of a car/truck, so actually getting your kayak on is less of a feat
– Much more storage space: You’re able to carry your kayaks, canoes and SUPs, as well as your other fishing and camping equipment
– Higher weight capacity: Roof rack capacity is generally in the neighborhood of ~ 150lbs, whereas trailers start around 275 lbs and commonly have capacities in the 1,000 lbs + range.
Kayak Trailer Cons
– Additional costs: $$$ for registration
– Feeling of extra baggage: It takes some time to adapt and develop the skill of driving with the trailer, especially when backing up
– Special travel needs: Considerations for length, parking, tolls and storage
Wanting to browse around some more? You’ve got options! We’ve got a whole selection of trailers to choose from.