Tips Kayaking / Practical sheets
How to transport your kayak
Installing a kayak on the roof of a car, depending on the type of craft
Transporting a kayak
• For Sit on Tops, it's better to have the hull turned upward, to prevent damage.
• "Sit In" (Kayak in which one is seated, with a coaming and spray skirt), put the kayak's hull on the roof rack to protect the kayak's coaming.
• In the event of difficult transport conditions (poor weather, poor road surfaces, long journey...), it is strongly recommended you fasten both ends of the kayak for added safety.
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Roof rack pads
• Essential for cushioning the bumps of uneven road surfaces
• They protect your kayak from scratches and damage it could sustain while being transported
• Choose foam which is the width of your kayak (80cm).
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• We advise wide straps, rather than elasticated ones, for transporting your kayak.
• Wide straps are better at holding the entire kayak-roof rack-roof combination in a single unit.
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• Your canoe or kayak must overhang your car's front bumper.
• If, once the kayak is on the car roof, it overhangs the rear bumper by 1 m, you must attach a red flag to the end of the kayak to alert other road users to your load.