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Old 11-25-2015, 10:24 PM   #1
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Attach Kayak to trailer

Has anyone got a kayak rack or modified a way to attach a kayak to their trailer?
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Old 11-25-2015, 10:29 PM   #2
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Something I've pondered too. Hobie has a very nice inflatable I'm thinking about.
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2 or 3 years ago there was a 17 for sale on Vancouver Island. It had what looked like roof racks on it for carrying kayaks. The brackets came down the sides a bit and were bolted to the trailer. The seller said that Reace had installed them as part of the build.

Aside from bolting through the sides of the trailer I'm not sure I'd like the location either. I find just putting my kayaks up on the truck canopy is too much like work.

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Old 11-25-2015, 10:33 PM   #4
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Reace had glassed a rack in on a 17 about 8 years ago. Which A/C and solar, there would be no room for one. I had considered doing the same on my 19, but it would be too tough to get it loaded, and not sure I would want it way up there anyway.

This is why I am looking at the Sea Eagle inflatable canoe.
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Old 11-25-2015, 10:38 PM   #5
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Consider this. You arrive at the campground and unhitch your trailer. Now the kayak is on the trailer, but the boat launch is ten miles upriver. You need to transfer the kayak from the trailer to the tow to get it to the launch. Either that or you take the trailer to the launch site to unload the trailer.

I thought it was a good idea to carry my canoe on the tent trailer, until I got to camp and couldn't open the trailer without removing the boat, and then I couldn't get it to the launch.
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Is reasons like baglo said, that I keep all things related to the trailer in the trailer, and anything that goes everywhere I do in the tow vehicle.
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Reace had glassed a rack in on a 17 about 8 years ago. Which A/C and solar, there would be no room for one. I had considered doing the same on my 19, but it would be too tough to get it loaded, and not sure I would want it way up there anyway.

This is why I am looking at the Sea Eagle inflatable canoe.
I watched every YouTube video I could find on the Sea Eagle canoe. Looks great, incredibly stable, tracks well, and easy to inflate and stow. I want one!
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2 or 3 years ago there was a 17 for sale on Vancouver Island. It had what looked like roof racks on it for carrying kayaks. The brackets came down the sides a bit and were bolted to the trailer...
This sounds similar to the way roof racks are often mounted on moulded fiberglass truck canopies.

I've seen photos of a more extensive rack on a different brand of moulded fiberglass trailer, which extend all the way down to the frame at the tongue and at the rear bumper, so the load wasn't carried by the body. This would be heavy!

Although carrying stuff on top of the trailer is possible, I agree with this logic:
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Is reasons like baglo said, that I keep all things related to the trailer in the trailer, and anything that goes everywhere I do in the tow vehicle.
We have carried a canoe on the roof racks of our van while towing our trailer. It was awkward to get up and down (although much easier than the roof of the trailer would have been), we couldn't carry the roof cargo box with the canoe there, the stern lines were in the way of the hatch, and even without lines the hatch would have hit the stern, but was no trouble for driving once it was up there. This was a 17-foot canoe - a smaller boat would be less of an issue.
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I never use a line to the rear of a canoe on top of a vehicle. I do use proper canoe clamps on the racks with the canoe strapped tight to them, and a front line secured to either the bumper or nylon loops bolted to the just under the edge of the hood. Very secure, and for some reason have never had a canoe move forward while under way.

The canoe clamps are key though, as they prevent any lateral movement of the canoe, and keep the thing really stable on top.

A bit of a side note. I heard years ago that most major canoe and kayak repairs came as a result of losing one while in transport, not from damage caused using them.
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I never use a line to the rear of a canoe on top of a vehicle. I do use proper canoe clamps on the racks with the canoe strapped tight to them, and a front line secured to either the bumper or nylon loops bolted to the just under the edge of the hood. Very secure, and for some reason have never had a canoe move forward while under way.
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Probably greatest chance of your canoe moving forward is when you make a sudden stop; like when you see a pretty girl hitchhiking or a beer store beside the road. That is when you need to make sure your tie-down was successful. It is really embarrassing to stop your vehicle, but then see your canoe continue on down the road on its own.

That being said, I have a very solid rack on my truck and for shorter drives will forego tying my canoes to the truck at the front or the back ends. Instead, I will often double up on the ropes around the mid-section of the canoe. Haven't had any movement at all with this approach, even with very high cross-winds. On longer drives, I (like JimB) have been known to tie down the front of the canoe to the front of the truck. To assist with this, I have added a couple of webbing loops in the engine compartment that can fold out along the sides of the hood and be used as canoe rope tie down locations. Works really well.

Like others, I also agree that a canoe or kayak on top of the Escape would be too high to access for putting it up or taking down. You would need to hire a crane to help you.
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