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  • How do you transport your Kayak

     Charles updated 11 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 9 Posts
  • Charles

    Member
    June 14, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Just got a Old Town 120 autopilot – I have a jeep Cherokee and was wondering how do people transport their boats

    Ive seen some car top with roller bars, some just get a trailer, I heard someone even put it inside their car and got a bed extender on their jeep Cherokee

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    Need some ideas 🙂

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    I dont know why someone downvoted this 🙁

  • ElDub73

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    It’s 152 lbs.

    You’re going to want a trailer.

  • DasGoat

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Ive hauled in the truck bed, on flat deck trailers and currently an enclosed trailer. I have a decked out Titan 12 and to say it’s heavy is an understatement. There is no way I would even think of rooftopping it even with everything removed.

  • tony_boxacannoli

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    When I had my Explorer I used j-hooks. Looking back, that was a waste for transporting a single boat. I could have used blocks or saddles (link below) and got the job done.

    I have a truck now…with a rack, so same principal as a jeep or Explorer with racks.

    I use saddles:
    https://www.rolaproducts.com/mobile/products/cargo-management/cargo-carriers/water-craft-carrier-roof-rack/uHvTF2JB0IMsVeSPeizRYVsu9Moexmbm

    Don’t forget your bow and stern tie downs and attachment points:
    https://maloneautoracks.com/QuickLash-TM-T-Style-Hood-Loops.html

    Some tips here too:

    https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/transporting-kayak-canoe.html

  • No_Statistician1731

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    I have the topwater 120 paddle version and also a jeep cherokee. I just muscle that beast on top of the car. It’s awkward the 1st couple times, but once you get the hang of it there’s no problem. Im not very tall and have a hard time reaching, so I always have a step stool with. Its definitely heavy but I’m no power lifter or anything.

  • CeataceanReseracher

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    You can cartop it.
    Just lift smart.
    If you want a trailer you can look for jet ski trailers or cheap utility trailers.

  • icampinglife

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Try removable soft roof rack pad, worked well on my Jeep allowing me to transport my kayak when I wanted to without the need of a permanent roof rack!

  • REFlorida

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Thank you everyone –

    So it looks like either the EZ RecRack ($800) plus aero bars (200)

    or trailer ($600) plus tow hitch (270)

    What would we recommend

  • DizzyRip

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Reiterating what some others have said. That kayak is very heavy. I wouldn’t want to be lifting it and putting it on top of a vehicle. I would go the trailer route.

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