Tying down your kayak can be one of the most important things you do before you get to the water and once you get off the water. Transporting your kayak safely not only assures that your kayak gets there in one piece but also for the safety of you and others around you on the road.
There are many different ways to transport your kayak whether it is in a truck bed, on a roof, or a trailer. Even these have different options and countless racks you can use. One of the first mistakes I often see be pulled super tight they are the best option to tie down their kayak. This can’t be more wrong. Over tightening these straps can hurt both your kayak and the roof rack by over tightening them. I only use these as a last resort when transporting a kayak.
So what is the best option in straps? Almost all kayak shops and experienced kayakers are using cam straps to secure their load. One of the main reasons is that they are light, portable, and easy to tighten without over tightening. They can be used in truck beds, roof tops, or on trailers with no issues.
Not only are the side straps with cam straps important but also when traveling longer distances and at highway speeds bow and stern straps are almost equally important. These straps will prevent the kayak to be pulled back or pushed forward in the event of high winds at highway speed or slamming on the brakes. I prefer to use rope in these situations but I have also seen longer cam straps used as well.
No matter what you drive or how you transport your boat remember that properly tying down your kayak will cause you less headaches down the road, and get you and your kayak safer to your launch point.