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Tag: Straps

Increase The Lifespan Of Your Kayak By Transporting It Correctly

“Increase the lifespan of your kayak by transporting it correctly” contains a number of great tips from the guys at Pyranha.

Increase The Lifespan Of Your Kayak By Transporting It Correctly

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Kayak Seat By Move Technologies

A great collaboration between composite kings Galasport and Move Technologies.

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Strap It Down

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best and this one definitely is.

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Strap It Down

Flying boats! I have seen it happen and it has happened to my kayak on one occasion. The sinking feeling you get as you see your boat fly off the top of the car isn’t very nice.

In the case of my kayak there was a flapping sound, followed by the clunk of the buckle hitting the car roof followed by a whoosh as two kayaks flew off down the road! Fortunately on both occasions no one was hurt and the damage to the boats minor. If it had been later in the day it could have been a different story.

Tying your boat onto the roof rack correctly is critical. It could save both your kayak and car from serious damage and keep other unsuspecting motorists that little bit safer. Using good quality straps or rope is a must and if the strap/rope is worn then they must be retired.

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Strap It Up

I spotted this roofrack strap set up earlier this year. It seems like a really good way to ensure that the boat cannot slide forwards or backwards.

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Tying Down Your Boat

Flying boats! I have seen it happen and it has happened to my kayak on one occasion. The sinking feeling you get as you see your boat fly off the top of the car isn’t very nice.

In the case of my kayak there was a flapping sound, followed by the clunk of the buckle hitting the car roof followed by a whoosh as two kayaks flew off down the road! Fortunately on both occasions no one was hurt and the damage to the boats minor. If it had been later in the day it could have been a different story.

Tying your boat onto the roof rack correctly is critical. It could save both your kayak and car from serious damage and keep other unsuspecting motorists that little bit safer. Using good quality straps or rope is a must and if the strap/rope is worn then they must be retired.

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Lapstrap Guide

Before I discuss the fitting of such devices in a boat I need to make something perfectly clear – Any device that slows down or restricts your exit from your boat is DANGEROUS, there is a reason why they are termed SUICIDE STRAPS. If you are daft enough to fit a lapstrap, thigh straps or any other system then it is at your own risk. Unsponsored and the kayakers who have submitted images of there systems take NO RESPONSIBILITY for damage caused to boats or lives resulting from the use of such systems. You’ve been warned! If you do decide to install a system please take note of the following guidelines:

Any system MUST be quick release

Any system MUST be quick release

If you’re getting munched in a hole you must be able to get out

Any system MUST be quick release

You get the message!

Fitting a strap system

For this job you will be dealing with the seat of your boat. There is no need to drill or tamper with the boat shell. This could easily mean leaks, or permanent damage!
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