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.
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!
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!
There are various products available that make carrying and loading your Fatyak 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!
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.
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!