Transporting your Fatyak

It’s easy to see how loading large objects to the roof of your car could present some serious issues, but pay heed to these tips and recommendations and you’ll be arriving safely at your nearest Fatyaking spot before you know it.

Transporting a Kayak

There are a variety of ways in which you can safely load and transport your Fatyak, with some ways more accessible than others. Of course, the easy solutions might involve a trailer, a helpful friend to take the kayak on your behalf, or a van such as our own!

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However, for the average paddler these won’t always be an option. You can easily make use of a wide range of safe accessories and equipment to make sure your kayak is securely and safely attached, ready to be mobilised, avoiding situations like this;




In favour of situations like this!



Transport accessories you will need

There are various products available that make loading and transporting a kayak easier to do, such as the foldable trolley that can be found in our store here. We’ve been told our Kayaks are especially easy to carry alone for all shapes and sizes, particularly due to the moulded handles and light weight, but regardless, some tips to avoid injury include lifting with your knees, not with your back or waist, and if you’re wearing your Personal Floatation Device when loading your kayak, this can also provide some padding. If your Fatyak is fitted with the legstraps available here then this can also provide a useful handle!

transporting a kayak

We stock a variety of roof racks and accessories designed to make your Fatyak-loading experience safer and easier. First things first, any dedicated kayak-carrying racks will require that your vehicle is already fitted with crossbars on the roof rack, after which, it is simply a case of clipping on one of the J or T-racks available from our shop – no tools needed, simply thumbscrews, clamps, and clips – making them a great choice for quick loading on the move. The racks are fitted with foam pads and rubber bumpers offering great protection against any damage to your pride and joy during transportation.

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As mentioned, a key benefit of dedicated kayak racks is that peace of mind and simplicity that you might not get with other “solutions” seen from time to time; kayaks hanging out of car boots, windows, or sliding around on the roof! A dedicated rack will offer quick handling of your kayak, while keeping it secure too.

Last of all, ensure that once loaded, if it seems necessary, use appropriate tie-down or ratchet straps to secure the ends of the boat against a tow bar, if your vehicle has one fitted, and any other secure areas. Ensure that your vision is not blocked and that you meet legal requirements such as a working electric light board with indicator buzzer relay for trailers, if you choose to use one, and that all loads are secured, and you’re good to go! Transporting a kayak has never been so easy 😉

Kayak Security and Theft

Have you asked yourself what you would do if the unimaginable occurred, and your beloved Fatyak™ was stolen? And of course, with Fatyak™ kayaks being so desirable as a kayak, its highly possible – with opportunist thieves targeting roof racks, car parks, and beaches as just a few common targets to be hit.


One of the first things you should consider doing is properly identifying your kayak. All our kayaks have a unique identification number moulded into the body of the kayak which will aid the recovery of your kayak if it was ever stolen. If your kayak was stolen and recovered, knowing this could help to prove that it is your kayak, so take note of it and keep it safe somewhere, along with any timestamped photos or other unique marks such as stickers, fittings, etc. Secondly, armed with this information, a stolen kayak could be registered on one of a few community-driven databases online, including the Facebook group as well as websites like StolenBoats and SCKD.

Another thing worth doing is checking your home insurance policy to see if your kayak would be covered in the event of theft – while you may imagine it would be covered under the category of sporting goods, a lot of insurers may in fact consider it a boat, and as such, may not cover it. Which would be an unwelcome and unexpected surprise!


Of course, the best strategy to take would be preventing theft in the first place. Extra special care should be taken in any public locations such as car parks, beaches, and town centres, as well as anywhere you might leave a parked car with a kayak on the roof – parked on the road, on your street, or even on a driveway; anywhere it could be easy enough for someone to slide a kayak off the roof as they walk past. If it’s absolutely unavoidable then lock your kayak securely to the car or something else, use ideally a D-lock if possible, steel cable or something along the lines of a bike lock. And, as we recommend, always try to store your Fatyak™ securely inside away from prying eyes or opportunists – ideally inside your house but otherwise inside a locked garage or similar.


Caring for your Fatyak

Durable as they are, a little TLC here and there during your Fatyaking™ career will help the boat last for a lifetime of enjoyment out on the waves. Fatyak™ Kayaks are manufactured from our specially formulated Medium Density Polyethylene; a very durable material with a somewhat flexible memory, meaning it has a tendency to return to its original shape if it becomes distorted. Also, ours has an ultraviolet inhibitor blended in with it, helping to resist colour fade and maintain strength. Regardless, the occasional once-over will help to nip any problems in the bud before they develop into a serious issue, potentially hindering the performance and the safety of your boat.




For example – check the Neoprene dry-hatch covers for wear and tear; check that they seal properly over the hatch and haven’t become worn or damaged, or your dry-hatch storage could end up being more of a water tank! Cables, buckles, and straps need to be checked for wear and tear, and replaced when necessary, in order to keep you and your equipment safely held on top of the boat when you’re out in the waves. If you need help with replacing any parts, feel free to contact us for some advice!




Give your hull and deck a good, thorough review at least once a year to look for any deep wounds or scratches. A few scrapes, light scratches, or nicks are signs of normal wear and tear that would be expected from use on beaches and in the sea; but anything serious, or anything that looks like it could hinder normal operation needs to be repaired. If in doubt, get in touch.




Lastly, while your kayak is designed to require minimal maintenance, it’s always a good idea to rinse your boat and any hardware after you’ve been in salt, brackish, or polluted water. Use mild soap and water and then rinse when complete. After drying your kayak, store it on its side under some form of shelter from the elements, particularly avoiding excessive heat build-up from the sun. If you can, store it inside for the winter, else use a mooring cover.


Below is a selection of Fatyak reviews and articles from just a few of our happy customers!




“Once you’re seated comfortably it’s immediately obvious just how stable the Kaafu is.

With a considerable amount of width and volume towards the back end of the boat, you feel secure when paddling in a straight line. Even slight wobbles are of no concern – the Fatyak™ remains upright keeping the paddler locked in.”



“A well manufactured accessory from Fatyak™, their Kaddy is great for loading up with all manner of gear for your paddling adventures.”



“In the water the Kaafu paddles like a dream, it’s nimble and agile in the surf and on the flat it tracks straight and true. It covers distance on the water easily and without fuss, which makes it great for touring and exploring.”




“The kayak is easy to manoeuvre, with staggered foot braces for resistances, as well as optional leg straps available online. It’s very comfortable and their is a range of optional seats to attach to your kayak.”




“On unwrapping the Mahee it was immediately evident that the fixtures and fittings were of a very high standard and that a considerable amount of thought had gone in to research and design.”



“We are particularly impressed that Fatyak™ have designed two dry storage hatches into a single kayak: one which is ideally located for access, between the legs and the other toward the bow.”



“As we have come to expect with Fatyak™ products, the Kaddy is well-made and well-proportioned.”

Devon Outdoors




“The Hono is a versatile and unique piece of kit; it looks good and is well made.”




“I have got ‘Fatyak™’ kayaks, and they are amazing bits of kit”




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Which Fatyak is for me?

When embarking on an adventure into the world of Fatyaking™, choosing the right craft is crucial to your enjoyment of the sport, as well how comfortable you are in the water. While all our boats share a common theme of being designed and built to a high standard, offering the most fun possible, there are certain differences between different types of kayak, and which one will be best for you depends entirely on your intentions! Below are a few suggestions on what might be best for some different categories of paddler, but remember, the best way is to get in the water and give it a go – perhaps from one of our many rental partners!

The Casual, Tentative paddler

Are you just down for having some fun mucking about in the waves? Not as serious a paddler as others? The Fatyak™ Surf could be the perfect choice for you – its the cheapest of our range making it excellent value for those who are looking to give kayaking a go, and are after an easy introduction into the vast world of paddling. Furthermore the Surf needn’t be limited to one person’s enjoyment; the versatility it offers in its easily manoeuvrable and flexible design means it can be shared amongst the family, suitable for a wide range of ages, and is great for paddling, training, surfing, whitewater, touring, or fishing – whatever you want to make of it!Surf Kayak with Seatback & Paddle Red

The Ambitious, Sporty paddler

If you fancy yourself as a bit more serious about your involvement in the world of kayaking then the Kaafu would make a great match – it’s sporty contours and light weight offer fantastic stability in the water, while making it great for some serious racing action too. Not only is the Kaafu great for sporting applications, but with a wide range of available addons it can be very nicely adapted to make a great solo fishing kayak, with the Kaddy storage hatch, Fishfinder mounts and more. Although, the Kaafu is well equipped straight from the factory with paddle parks and storage hatches as standard.


The Team Player

The Fatyak™ Mahee is the obvious choice for anybody keen on some help out on the water – capable of seating two paddlers, or three with a small child as part of the team, the Mahee makes a great piece of kit for some social Fatyaking™ as well as family days on the water. Of course, for those more strident in their kayaking abilities it can of course be paddled alone, simply sit at the back of the kayak and away you go. The Mahee’s relatively large size as opposed to the rest of the range makes it great for expeditions on the water, lending itself well to fishing trips and some longer exploring sessions.


The Sporting Legend

Anybody who is serious about their dedication to the kayak-sporting lifestyle needs to get one of these on their Christmas list. Available in Stealth Black only for silently gliding past the competition, the Adventure S series of both the Kaafu and the Mahee are a serious development of the already winning formula present in the original models – a stronger, lighter and more durable breed of Fatyak™ makes them both a fantastic choice for serious paddlers. As with the rest of the range, we supply a wide range of addons for these boats to fine-tune them even more; including a high quality thermally molded seat, Glass Shaft paddles, and, if that wasnt enough, both the Kaafu Adventure S and the Mahee Adventure S come with a free harnessed drinking bottle.


PaddleExpo 2015

Not so long ago, the Fatyak™ team travelled, equipped with a supply of our locally made kayaks, to the PaddleExpo trade show at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre in Germany.

The PaddleExpo show is the leading paddlesports-exclusive trade fair globally. With its debut in 2003, all the newest paddlesport products and trends including kayaks, canoes, boards, and inflatables can all be found here amongst a sea of keen buyers, manufacturers, retailers, media, and other associations. Additionally it has come to serve as a key player in the distribution of information regarding rentals, events, and water sports tourism.


Bearing all this in mind we simply couldn’t say no! The team took to the water with the view to spreading the good news of our fantastic range of paddlecraft to a crowd of like-minded individuals. It was the team’s first time exhibiting alongside premium kayaks and water sports brands, and as such it was fantastic exposure for us being able to show our UK made Fatyak™ kayaks to a global market. The quality of our manufacturing did us proud as we were matched up against many big players – and ultimately our presence was well received!


It’s always been a tenet of Fatyak’s™ existence that our range is fun, affordable, and family orientated – and such a set of points resonated particularly well with the show; we could see that there was a focused area of interest in our products. Our sledge-bodyboard crossover, the Hono, was a real star of the show however; as there was quite simply nothing else like it there.
As a result of this year’s success at the show, the team can’t wait for a return in 2016 from the 7th to the 9th of October; see you there!


Mo’s Kaafu, and how it came to be.

Being from a surf background beginning in Greece, Mo caught the paddling bug early on and soon had a go at sit-inside kayaking – a river, sea, and lake trip all based in New Zealand. And, without further ado – found herself researching all flavours of kayak online.

Mo told us she kept finding herself returning to the Kaafu – and why not? She noted its interesting shape, and the definitive contours underneath the craft, giving it the stability that the Kaafu is known for. Speaking of happy customers, Mo mentioned the love for the kayak that current customers already had, seen in a multitude of glowing reviews. Last of all, she noted how well priced it was.

Curious for a second opinion after continuing the search looking at kayaks in shops, Mo spoke to a dealer who made a solid point, particularly relevant for Mo. If she was indeed to be kayaking alone, a sit-on-top was, in the dealer’s opinion, the only way to go. The reason being – should the boat capsize, a traditional kayak would need to be swam to shore in order to be emptied of water before usage continued. However, a sit-on-top design (like the one employed by all Fatyak™ kayaks!), meant that you simply had to clamber back on-board. Being from a surf background, this point resonated rather well with Mo, and the search continued.

Mo found a local company, Fluid Adventures, which had one of our Kaafu kayaks on trial. She hired it for an hour, and sure enough, she found that it paddled very well for a beginner, and that she could lift the front end with ease – something that she noticed was not a universal feature for kayaks in her search. At 5’3”, and being no spring chicken with a tall car and roof rack to mount the kayak on, she knew it would be manageable.

Promptly receiving her Kaafu a week later, Mo found that it loaded very easily onto the car, and out on the Solent, found it stable and fun to paddle. Mo also gladly found that she fitted into the current kayaking trend – as the green Kaafu she purchased was matched by plenty of other green kayaks being purchased by youngsters too. Good job Mo, and keep fatyaking!


Sitons Hono Review

The Hono, as Tez Plavenieks of says in their glowing review here, is indeed the perfect accessory for any Fatyak™ lover. Not only is it perfect for paddling throughout the summer and catching waves as you go, but the Hono is also perfect for putting to work through the winter – when the snow rolls around!


As noted in the review, the Hono is a great craft for kids and adults alike. For kids, it offers a forgiving entry to the water; easy to handle and flexible for use in all kinds of ways! Tez even mentions towing the kids behind a kayak. You could easily fit a family of four between a Mahee and a Hono!


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Technically speaking, Tez notes the stability of the Hono and its similarity to the rest of our range – now well known for being stable craft. Likewise, the contours of the Hono are praised for their resemblance to our sit on top kayaks; the kaafu, surf, and mahee all share similar traits.


Fittings, attention to detail and build quality overall are very well received, which of course is what we pride ourselves on. Overall, Tez deems the Hono to be a highly recommended piece of kit!

Kayak Safety

Kayaking is currently the fastest growing watersport in the UK. Not only do we think this is due to how much fun is involved (just ask our customers!), but also that kayaking is now incredibly accessible. High quality, affordable kayaks, such as our own products featured on this blog, offer an easy route into the water for beginners to the sport.

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However, while this is undeniably a good thing, the potential dangers inherent to the nature of extreme sport must still be realised. The RNLI have released a warning regarding the usage of kayaks, particularly in coastal waters. While many RNLI members own kayaks and participate in the sport themselves, there is ubiquitous agreement on the importance of taking care on the open sea, and ensuring that you know what you are dealing with. This was in response to a case involving two kayakers that got themselves into trouble on the waters just off Minehead in Somerset, about 20 minutes from where our Fatyak™ Kayaks are manufactured.

The important things to bear in mind when enjoying all that the water has to offer in your kayak is to be familiar with your location, in line with your personal skill level. Calm water areas such as Wimbleball Lake, in Somerset, can be ideal for beginners due to their relative predictability, available facilities and obviously, calm water. The open sea can be a bit more risky due to change in currents, tides, the effect weather can have, as well as unpredictability. Knowing your boat is key too – practicing manoeuvres such as eskimo rolls in the event of capsizing, for example. The Fatyak™ product line has improved safety in this aspect as opposed to traditional designs, due to the “sit on top” design, meaning the boats are unlikely to capsize, very stable on the water and easy to manoeuvre, yet remaining versatile for all skill levels. If the boat does capsize the sit-on-top design allows for an easy escape.

Realising the potential hazards involved, and the responsibility involved when there are an estimated 1.2 million lovers of kayaking in the UK, Fatyak™ takes certain steps in development to help keep the sport as safe as it is fun. Not only are our kayaks safety-conscious in their design, but each kayak is shipped with a safety booklet, detailing points to consider before setting off, being in the water, as well as safe storage and maintenance of your kayak. In addition to this, there is safety advice moulded into the kayak itself, as well as the recommendation to take an instructional course before getting involved with some quality Fatyaking™ time!

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RNLI Minehead Harbour Fest

Last weekend we got involved with hosting the Minehead Harbour Fest (link) – bringing #fatyaking™ to Minehead Harbour with taster sessions and Fatyak™ races – with £500 for the winner.
Minehead Harbour Fest is a new concept for 2015 born from the RNLI Raft Race – an event that has been running for 35 years along the coast from Blue Anchor to Minehead. This year the Raft Race was developed from a one-day to a two-day event on the Harbour full of live music, fun on the water, and street entertainment for the masses to enjoy. The festival was run in association with our own selves, and The Old Ship Aground pub, located right in the thick of the action. As well as providing a weekend of fun, the aim was to support money for the RNLI who obviously play an invaluable role in all that the weekend stands for.

This new concept was a spectacular success this year, with the finest local paddlers being pitched against each other in pursuit of a £500 prize – all in our very own fleet of fatyak™ kayaks down in the harbour.

Fatyaks in the Harbour

Fatyaks™ in the Harbour

The amount of registrants increased exponentially on the day as the hype began to build, with Steven Dodd, Special Olympics Kayaking Twice Silver Medallist amongst the mix, and the atmosphere was fantastic – with some extremely exciting paddling and weather that could not have been better! The course consisted of a sprint out to a buoy just past the harbour area and back, made up of 3 heats, with safety monitoring kindly provided by the RNLI team.

Fatyak Racers taking off

Fatyak™ Racers taking off

Midpoint of the Sprint

Midpoint of the Sprint

Special Olympics Silver Medallist Steven Dodd and Josh Searle of Fatyak

Special Olympics Silver Medallist Steven Dodd and Josh Searle of Fatyak

The main event of the Sunday was, of course, Minehead’s beloved raft race! The course was shortened this year due to safety concerns, running from Butlins as opposed to Blue Anchor but the event was just as legendary as ever with teams from as far as Hertfordshire entering the pro race.
As well as the professionals, we had teams consisting of the Minehead Barbarians rugby squad, Staff from our local Tesco supermarket, the “blind mice” from Minehead Specsavers and many more all bashing hulls in the fun race! Not to mention Fatyak™ Kayak’s very own raft which also competed in the pro race.

The Fatyak Team Raft tearing it up!

The Fatyak™ Team Raft tearing it up!

Teams competed for an array of prize categories including most original raft, the pub challenge, best fancy dress and the first local crew – full details of which will be included in the end of this post.

Williton YFC Raft

Williton YFC Raft

Watchet Sea Scouts - Winners of the Best Fancy Dress House Doctor's Cup

Watchet Sea Scouts – Winners of the Best Fancy Dress House Doctor’s Cup

While the Raft Race was underway, back at the harbour we were running Fatyak™ taster sessions – we were fully booked with keen fatyakers™ for the majority which was absolutely great to see, especially since so many had never been on the water before! We were helped hugely by Channel Adventure in keeping everybody safe and allowing a fun and informative session to take place.

Fatyak Taster Sessions with Channel Adventure

Fatyak™ Taster Sessions with Channel Adventure

Tying together the burbling atmosphere of the weekend once the sun began to set was, of course, the fantastic live music acts organised by The Old Ship Aground including The Thatchers, Soulville Express, Pearl & The Diamond Geezers, Acoustic Roots, Little Betty, and The Salt Flat Rats – all with added music and entertainment by Tone FM DJ Drew Haddon. Commentary was provided to contextualise the action throughout the daytimes by Drew Haddon and Josh Searle of Tone FM, with a link from Phil Sanderson of the RNLI from the Safety Boat – keeping the masses updated regarding life on the water.
The staging and lighting provided by NBP Sound and Lighting Hire lit up the harbour once darkness fell, providing a brilliant backdrop for the selection of bands on offer throughout the weekend.

The Salt Flat Rats performing at the Old Ship Aground for RNLI Minehead Harbour Fest

The Salt Flat Rats performing at the Old Ship Aground for RNLI Minehead Harbour Fest

And speaking of lighting up the harbour, with help from an array of firms, a spectacular firework show was funded and put on display for the town to enjoy.

Many thanks to;

Fuel Tank Shop
Richard Beaver Ford
Julians Laundry
Tanks Direct
Derek Merson Garage
CJ Lynch and Sons
Singer Instruments
Channel Training
Channel Adventure
Minehead Hire
Stones Bar and Restaurant
Maitland Walker Solicitors

Harbour Fest Fireworks




Last but not least…

Overall the weekend was a huge success and we would like to offer our most sincere thank you to everyone who attended, and everybody involved in hosting the event. A congratulations is in order for Fastest Paddler, David Farr, who won the Fatyak™ Races with a blistering time of 9 minutes and 23 seconds as well as winners from the other prize categories:
Fastest Female Paddler – Jane Dunn
Fastest Youth Paddler – Ben Pye
Fastest Youth/Adult Paddlers – Henry & Phil Young

Fatyak Race Winners David Farr, Jane Dunn, Ben Pye, Henry & Phil Young with Fatyak Manager Jayne Blundell and Special Olympics Silver Medallist Steven Dodd

Fatyak™ Race Winners David Farr, Jane Dunn, Ben Pye, Henry & Phil Young with Fatyak™ Manager Jayne Blundell and Special Olympics Silver Medallist Steven Dodd

The full results for the Raft Race are included below;

Pro Raft Race
1. 14 – Wonder Y, from Tring, male (Derek Williams Cup)
2. 5 – Madsat Black 6, from Herefordshire, male
3. 13 – Wonder Y ladies, from Tring, female
4. 17 – Vikings Raft Team, from Alcester, male (2)
5. 18 – Vikings Raft Team, from Alcester, male (4)
6. 2 – Valient Soldier, from Roadwater, young male (First local Raft, Old Ship Aground – Ale)
7. 1- Valient Soldier, from Roadwater, old male
8. 16 – The Victory Pub, from Hereford, mixed
9. 15 – The Victory Pirates, from Herefoprd, mixed
10. 19 – Rest and Be, from Wheddon Cross, mixed
11. 4 – The Black Pig, from Wheddon Cross, male
12. 12 – Fatyaks™ Kayaks, from Williton, male
13. 7 – Dunster Beach 1, from Dunster, male
14. 10- 5th time lucky, from Minehead, male
15. 11 – Mandy’s many men, from Minehead, mixed
16. 9 – The Gym, from Bishopstoke, male
Sank – Valient Soldier, from Roadwater, female

Fun Race
1. L – Minehead Barbarians, from Minehead, male (First Fancy Dress – Channel Training Prize)
2. J – Seahorse Centre, from Minehead, mixed
3. H – Blind Mice / SpecSavers, from Minehead, mixed
4. E – Exmoor Hill Farming Network, from Minehead, mixed (Most Original Raft – Mike Arnold)
5. K – Chillys Car Car, from Minehead, mixed
6. C – The Village People, from Wooten Courtney, male
7. A – Have a Go Halcon, from Taunton, mixed
8. D – Three men in a Sub, from Lincoln, male
9. Q – Deso Engineering, from Williton, male
10. N – GB Scaffolding, from Minehead, male
11. F – 1st Watchet Sea Scouts, from Watchet, mixed (Best Fancy Dress – House Doctors Cup)
12. B – Brookfood Processing, from Williton, mixed
13. G – British Heart Foundation
14. M – Tesco, from Minehead, mixed
15. Q – The Happy Campers (caravan), from Minehead, male

A huge thanks again to the RNLI, whose work encapsulates the spirit of everything the weekend was about, as well as The Old Ship Aground for their never-ending support of the event, and being the lifeblood of culture on Minehead Harbour. See you all again next year!