Hi there fellow adventurers! I’m Brysen Trenasty, a proud member of the Hobie Fishing Team. I hope everyone is having a great summer so far! I wanted to share some tips and tricks regarding the most efficient ways to transport your boat using a kayak car rack.

The following three options are the most common, convenient, and reliable.

  1.  Roof Racks

I have to mildly caution you against putting your kayak on your roof. It can be pretty risky and unstable, especially if you have a smaller car. That being said, it’s the most common and convenient mode of kayak transportation, and if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right! If roof transportation works best for you, don’t stress. With a good rack and proper security this method can work perfectly.

I recommend the Malone 50 inch VersaRack Bare Roof Cross Rail Rack. These racks are very reliable and will last for many kayaking trips. They are also simple to install and use. They may seem a little expensive, but it’s well worth your money in the long run.

“If roof transportation works best for you, don’t stress. With a good rack and proper security this method can work perfectly.”

  1.  Truck Bed Extenders

If you have a truck, I highly recommend the T-Bone by Boonedox truck bed extender. It’s a very lightweight apparatus that you simply stick in the hitch of your truck. It’s my preferred mode of kayak transportation and I use it all the time. This bed extender is easy to install, load and unload without the help of others. Plus, I’ve never had issues with its stability or durability.

You can fit up to two kayaks on it and you’ll be good to go. Just be sure to strap them down well! Like the Rhino Rack, it may seem a bit expensive, but when it comes to safely transporting your boat, it’s important to invest in high quality gear. I really can’t say enough good things about this rack.

  1. Trailers

This is your second best option behind the bed extender. I prefer a trailer over a roof rack because you don’t have to worry about anything hanging off the top of your car and it’s much easier to load and unload. I recommend the Malone Microsport. With a reasonable price and a heavy duty 11 gauge steel frame, Malone offers an affordable trailer without allowing quality to suffer. It’s also quick and easy to install, load, and unload.

I would also highly suggest adding a toolbox to your trailer to store any loose gear while you travel. If you do choose to invest in the Malone Microsport trailer (good choice!), check out this removable storage trunk designed to fit perfectly inside it.

Summary

  1. Put simply, the T-Bone is the most efficient and easiest way to transport your kayak.
  2. A trailer isn’t the most efficient method, but is very versatile and easy to use if you have the proper equipment.
  3. A roof rack is somewhat efficient, but not the easiest to use, especially if you are by yourself.

I hope this blog informs you and have a great summer! As always, feel free to leave any questions in the comments and an expert ACKer will get back to you ASAP.

Tightlines,

Brysen