1st post, new here (this forum was recommended) and have not even bought a kayak yet. My wife and I have been out a few times, always in tandems, and want to get one of our own; plenty of water within a reasonable driving radius of the DC suburbs of MD.
Well, I've been watching Craigslist -- why not get a used one? -- and it occurs to me even if I find an ideal boat I need to get it home and I presume most CL sellers won't deliver. So, I need to have to start with a transportation method. Somehow, rooftop possibly won't work for us; my two cars don't even have a roof, and the spousemobile (Acura RSX-S) seems inappropriate too especially the roof layout but I could be mistaken.
Not my only option, however. We own a 4x8 utility trailer for lumberyard purchases, a bit worn after 24 years but serviceable and probably to be replaced with another one. It seems reasonable to press it into service as a short-range kayak toter. Maybe buy (CL again?) a rooftop rack and adapt it as a trailertop rack with a little fabrication. Figuring perhaps (wild guess at this point) a 16' boat, that's 4' in front of and also behind the trailer's body, need to ensure the nose of the boat is above the rear hatch of the RSX-S (note to self, measure tongue length). If I get a rack expandable to two boats, that's good as another couple we know expressed similar interests in kayaking.
If I have a question in all this, it's: are there any caveats to this train of thought? As in "stay away from brand XXX as the clamps tend to break" or "feature for feature, we found that brand ZZZ model 200 is a better value and the bottom of the rack is flat so it might adapt to your trailer easier". VERY unlikely to purchase a free-standing kayak trailer due to storage considerations. And a forum search mentioned something called a "stacker"?
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You can easily build a wooden rack|
Posted by: string on Jan-25-13 2:41 PM (EST)
(skeleton box)to accomplish your needs.Or have someone weld one for you. If you use wood, use 2" x 8" boards for the crosspieces. You can then cut profiles for the hulls into the boards and easily strap the boats down. No other rack needed. I use an old boat trailer like this.
Posted by: tiger1964 on Jan-28-13 12:05 PM (EST)
Thanks for all the replies.
Instead of a wooden cradle|
Posted by: redmond on Jan-28-13 10:54 PM (EST)
Maybe try straps. They conform to the hull shape. Some ideas here. https://picasaweb.google.com/113111906271023866843/Transport?authkey=Gv1sRgCKOb-Jzdtc6D5wE
I use a utility trailer all the time|
Posted by: redmond on Jan-25-13 2:41 PM (EST)
Here are some ideas.
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Threaded pipe flanges|
Posted by: B.inboats on Jan-30-13 11:47 PM (EST)
Redmond, I've gotten a lot of trailering
Posted by: Celia on Jan-25-13 2:54 PM (EST)
Posted by: jerrysmith on Jan-25-13 9:25 PM (EST)
A 24 year old 4x8 trailer can be converted to a kayak trailer without a lot of hassle or money.
Raise the bunks|
Posted by: magooch on Jan-26-13 11:18 AM (EST)
I haul my kayaks on a 5' X 8' flatbed utility trailer. I built wooden bunks that fit right into the pockets that would normally be used for side rails. Two things to consider is to make the bunks for hauling the boats on edge (always easier on the boats) and raise the bunks high enough so the boats won't drag on certain types of drive ramps etc. Another benefit of raised bunks is that it puts the overhang high enough so following vehicles can't bump the boats unless they do it with their windshield. You will have to red flag the overhang, but that isn't much of a problem. For night time driving, you might also have to rig a red light on the overhang--depending on state law. Interstate rules require a 2'x 2' red flag for overhang. My state requires only a one foot square flag.