As dawn slowly makes its way across the shore, the sunrise sends shimmers of light across the glassy surface of the water as you carefully step onto the wobbly dock, paddle in hand. Your shoulders roll back as you take a deep breath of that strong ocean air, stretching your arms as you feel of the warmth of the sun on your skin as you finally begin to relax after that horrible experience you just went through. What experience was that? Why, having to find a way to transport your kayak in the first place.
Let’s face it, kayaking is a beautiful way to be a part of nature, but it’s really ugly how some people get their kayaks to a launching point. Whether they’re sticking out of open hatchbacks or protruding haphazardly from car windows, there are clearly some inventive kayakers out there. Others have a more steady kayak routine every week have invested in roof racks for their cars if they aren’t already a feature. But if that solution lacks appeal, check into a set of kayak foam blocks for transport.
A set of kayak foam blocks works in much the same way as a roof rack would, except foam blocks are held down to the roof of your car by using a set of 2 to 3 straps that go through your car’s interior to attach on the inside.
Kayak Blocks are MUCH Safer than Trying to Stuff It
If you’re one of those die-hard kayakers trying to fit a 12 foot kayak into a 10 foot car, we salute you, even if you might be cited by law enforcement even after you’ve dutifully hung a red flag from the end of your boat. But what if you’ve become the master at fitting a full-sized kayak Tetris-like into the confines of your vehicle so well that you can get all the doors closed? Well, if your cargo isn’t properly secured, one good stomp on the brakes and you have an interior fiberglass missile on your hands.
Kayak foam blocks can prevent any unwanted backseat drivers from sticking out of windows, or nudging you during sudden stops. By attaching your kayak safely and legally to the roof of your vehicle, you’ll be assured of a more relaxing trip both to and from your kayaking session. If your kayak is small, try out the Attwood Car-Top Carrier Kit that’s fitted to a smaller sized canoe.
Kayak Racks Can Be Torture
A lot of cars and SUVs do come with their own permanently attached roof racks, or if the dealership missed that feature, you can install some yourself with a pair of temporary cross bars for your vehicle. The reason that roof racks are popular is they’re absolutely great…for extra luggage, Christmas trees, lumber, basically anything that doesn’t mind a mild beating from the rough roof rack. If you cringe to think of your kayak being submitted to such abuse, we feel your pain.
Where the kayak foam blocks cushion the blow of more rigid cross bars and roof racks is in their soft, forgiving wedges of durable memory foam, meant to take the abuse of travel so that your vehicle and your kayak doesn’t. Some kayak foam blocks like those from Sherpak are designed to work with your existing roof rack, so that you can use it to tighten down your kayak on top of the foam blocks without needing to attach straps through the inside of your vehicle.
So if your vehicle already has a roof rack, no worries. A set of kayak foam blocks and a roof rack or cross bars can work together effectively to provide safe travels down to your launching point of choice. If you have a larger sized kayak that you like to transport, have a look at the Malone Deluxe Large Kayak Kit, specially made to help protect and balance those larger watercrafts.
Save Your Wallet a Paddling: Kayak Blocks are Cheap
For the benefits that a set of kayak foam blocks gives you, they’re still relatively inexpensive compared to a set of cross bars or roof racks, and they’re usually easier to remove if you don’t want a anything riding on the top of your car afterwards. Perhaps the biggest amount of money is what you won’t be spending in repairing your vehicles roof, or fixing any kind of damage inflicted on your kayak. While these may not be catastrophes should they happen, they can definitely a hassle, which is exactly the opposite of what kayaking is supposed to be about.
Using a set of kayak foam blocks isn’t any more complicated than using a roof rack. Simply set your blocks in the center of the roof of your vehicle, but as far fore and aft as you can get them. Then set your kayak in the center of the blocks, making sure there’s no contact with your vehicle. Then attach at least two straps to front and back, and more straps and attachments if possible.
Always check straps for any fraying or tearing each time you attach your kayak to the top of a vehicle. Tighten them as much as you can to prevent swaying or rocking, but don’t over tighten as that might actually cause damage to your kayak. Be careful as having a kayak can affect the way your car’s handling feels while driving on the road. Just take it easy, be cautious in high winds or on the interstate, and you’ll get there in fine form.
Hopefully after wading through reasons how kayak foam blocks can be of assistance, you’ll be more likely to make it a habit of taking your kayak down to the beach, lake, or anywhere you can paddle in peace. If you’d like to get a full foam block set up for your vehicle, full kits from Carlisle and Sherpak will have everything you need (except your kayak) to get you ready for awesome times on the water. Just remember to bring along your life vest and have a great time out there.