Car Racks for Boats
Kayaking is one of those past times that allow people to combine active meditation and large crowds. The activity can be enjoyed in the midst of large crowds, allowing each boater to hold a conversation with others either on the shore prepping for a short paddle or celebrating afterward or while on the water. The kayaker can also enjoy long stretches of lonely water, with sometimes only the sound of a paddle to keep him company. Given the usual distance between rivers, oceans, and home, the most common way of getting the kayak there is the owner's car racks.
A kayak is a small one-man boat. It is small, light, and easily one of the most portable forms of water transportation. The boat is designed to take the kayaker almost anywhere that there is water, and to help him survive it. The boat can be easily turned right-side up should it be turned over. It is also usually waterproofed so that the person can carry a small variety of goods with him at any time, such as snacks and water. It also heavy enough so that it can handle rapids yet light enough it can be carried by one person over long stretches of land for portage and return to home base. It serves its purpose very well.
Getting the kayak to the water, however, can be a problem, and the usual solution is a car with kayak strapped into the car racks. There are some issues that need to be debated when using car racks that need to be considered even as they or the kayak is being bought. One issue that needs to be debated is the height of the vehicle when the kayak is on top if the car is too high then it may not go under low bridges or tunnels, or even go through drive-thrus. Try to keep the total height under eight feet to go under the most tunnels as well as avoid potential wind gusts.
The kayak needs to be placed on the top of the car upside down in order to better secure it, and should be empty when so placed, and any potential contents of the kayak should be inside the car. It should be tied securely to the car racks, but not tight enough to potentially injure the kayak it needs to be loose enough to tear away quickly in case of an accident to minimize damage both to the car and the kayak. The car racks should be bolted tight to the car itself to ensure that the kayak will not fly away during transport. It is best if the car racks have been purchased specifically for kayaks as some just will not do the job as well.
You want to get he kayak to the water in order to enjoy it. But you need to get it there in the first place, and it helps if you use your car racks correctly and if they are the right type. Your main worry should not be getting the kayak to the river or ocean, but enjoying your time on the water. A good set of racks ca help you do that when used correctly.