Tires. If you plan on getting a truck trailer, then of course you’ll want to have tires that are road ready. You’ll want to make sure the tread isn’t worn and there are no leaks or punctures. If you have a hand trailer, you may want to consider the type of water you’ll be putting your kayak in. If you’re planning on going to the beach, then keep in mind some tires work better in sand than others. Likewise, the lake may have a muddy entrance that you could plan ahead for with more hearty tires.
We purchased a Paddlesport Trailer from the Dock Doctors, and we're very happy. Not only is the trailer light, maneuverable, and versatile, the Dock Doctors' customer service is great! We had some trouble getting the trailer lights to work with our vehicle. We returned to the shop, and one of their staff stayed with us--after hours--until he resolved the problem. They are friendly, helpful and dedicated!
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Paddle: A paddle is as essential as the kayak itself. When choosing paddles, you’ll need to consider the measurement of your torso and the width of kayak you’ll be paddling. There are sizing charts available but generally, torso heights over 28 inches will use paddle lengths of 200 centimeters and above, torso heights under 28 inches will use paddle lengths under 200 centimeters.
The most popular kayaks for fishing are rotationally molded from polyethylene due to their durability and lower cost. Hard shell kayaks are preferred over inflatable kayaks, since they are not susceptible to lure punctures. Generally, kayak fishermen look for stable, durable and comfortable designs. The new generation of twinhull (catamaran) kayaks that was recently introduced into the market is stable enough to enable both paddling and fishing in the standing position. This technological development also solves some ergonomic problems that are associated with sitting for long hours without being able to change positions, and frees kayakers from the need to sacrifice speed to stability, which is another problem that characterizes monohull kayaks.
It does this by its marine grade pre-galvanized frame which is also rust resistant. This is ideal for those who venture into the ocean as you will not have to worry about corrosion. Even their wheels are galvanized so you can drive the trailer right into to the water. This means that you will no longer have to haul your kayak in and out of the water. Malone even includes a spare tire for you which will help keep you safe. You will find that this package even includes J-style kayak saddles to make attaching your kayaks even easier. This user friendly package comes with clear instructions to make building this trailer easier.
Hypothetical cross-sections of kayaks. Left to right: High primary stability but low secondary stability, lower primary stability but ~same secondary stability, lower primary but higher secondary stability, two extra chines, four extra chines. More chines (angles) give a more rounded profile, decreasing stability, tracking, and the wetted area, and increasing speed.
Sit-on-top kayaks come in 1-4 paddler configurations. Sit-on-top kayaks are particularly popular for fishing and SCUBA diving, since participants need to easily enter and exit the water, change seating positions, and access hatches and storage wells. Ordinarily the seat of a sit-on-top is slightly above water level, so the center of gravity for the paddler is higher than in a traditional kayak. To compensate for the higher center of gravity, sit-on-tops are often wider and slower than a traditional kayak of the same length.
10) The most important lesson for those of you who come from fishing to kayak fishing is this: A bad day kayak fishing is still a good day kayaking. I struggle sometimes to remember this one. But studies show, exercise makes us happier people. So get out there, paddle and fish. Don’t be scared to put in some work. Some of my most rewarding days involve lots of paddling to find the fish. And when it pays off, I feel like a warrior.
Length alone does not fully predict a kayak's maneuverability: a second design element is rocker, i.e. its lengthwise curvature. A heavily rockered boat curves more, shortening its effective waterline. For example, an 18-foot (5.5 m) kayak with no rocker is in the water from end to end. In contrast, the bow and stern of a rockered boat are out of the water, shortening its lengthwise waterline to only 16 ft (4.9 m). Rocker is generally most evident at the ends, and in moderation improves handling. Similarly, although a rockered whitewater boat may only be a few feet shorter than a typical recreational kayak, its waterline is far shorter and its maneuverability far greater. When surfing, a heavily rockered boat is less likely to lock into the wave as the bow and stern are still above water. A boat with less rocker cuts into the wave and makes it harder to turn while surfing.
is very important. Smoother the ride, the better shape your kayaks going to be when you get to the water. If you’re going on rough bumpy gravel roads, then the suspension is important. A lot of kayak trailers are less expensive because they don’t have suspension or offered very minimal suspension. In some cases, you might not need suspension. For example, if you are staying on smooth and well-paved roads, then your kayak trailers less likely to bounce around a lot. However, if you’re going on any gravel roads or off-road conditions, then you want to strongly consider suspension and vibration reduction.
“Years ago I suggested on this web site, orange hand cleaner for removal of oil/tar. Spike emailed me asking that I keep an eye on the cleaned area for signs of “reactions”. I still have the OK Scrambler. The area cleaned looks the same as the rest of the kayak. I do store the kayak indoors and use “303” protectant about once per month. Perhaps the extra care has been helpful.” Thanks to Bill Hartman, Oxnard California.
One of the most important questions that you need to start with is: how many kayaks in your fleet will you need to haul at once? If it is just you and your spouse or you and a couple of comrades, then one of the roof-rack style or micro trailers is perfect. You might find that a 4-6 place kayak trailer will ensure you can transport the whole family or maybe your groups are 8, 10, or more deep!
Modern kayaks have evolved into specialized types that may be broadly categorized according to their application as sea or touring kayaks, whitewater (or river) kayaks, surf kayaks, racing kayaks, fishing kayaks, and recreational kayaks. The broader kayak categories today are 'Sit-In', which is inspired mainly by traditional kayak forms, 'Sit-On-Top' (SOT), which evolved from paddle boards that were outfitted with footrests and a backrest, 'Hybrid', which are essentially canoes featuring a narrower beam and a reduced free board enabling the paddler to propel them from the middle of the boat, using a double blade paddle (i.e. 'kayak paddle'), and twin hull kayaks offering each of the paddler's legs a narrow hull of its own. In recent decades, kayaks design have proliferated to a point where the only broadly accepted denominator for them is their being designed mainly for paddling using a kayak paddle featuring two blades i.e. 'kayak paddle'. However, even this inclusive definition is being challenged by other means of human powered propulsion, such as foot activated pedal drives combined with rotating or sideways moving propellers, electric motors, and even outboard motors.
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*Note that whitewater boats can only be used by people with prior whitewater kayaking lessons or experience. Generally we have you demo the boat in mellow water. If you are demoing in whitewater you must have a partner with you on the river and know how to roll. Usually you will need to have your own gear. If you don’t, let us know, and we’ll see what is available.
Unique to all the sites that followed, anglers can still reach a guide (or pro-staffer) directly through Kayakfishing.com. By phone, email or text. A handful of kayak fishing experts, including writers, guides and exceptionally talented kayak anglers in all the fisheries, have been fielding inquiries from anglers for 20 years. Ranging from “Which kayak should I buy” to “Which knot should I tie…..and a lot of “How do I catch ________”, it’s a great way to meet kayak anglers and we look forward to hooking up with you anytime.
Malone made this heavy duty Xtralight trailer that has a military grade galvanized steel frame you can trust. With leaf spring suspension you can be assured that your kayaks will be protected even on bumpy roads. The heavy duty axle features 2 sets of padded V racks which allow you to transport your kayaks without a scratch. With a 2 kayak capacity, it is clear to see why this is the best multiple kayak trailer. Malone includes everything you need to pull your 2 kayak trailer including 12 foot load straps and mounting hardware.
Straps. Of course you want to secure your kayak to the trailer before you drive off with it. (And always make sure the straps are tight and the kayak isn’t moving before leaving.) But keep in mind that even hand trailers will need straps to keep them secure. You don’t plan on bumps and trips, but they happen and if your kayak isn’t strapped down then you may have to struggle reloading in the most inconvenient places. Or worse yet, the fall could damage your kayak and then you’re up the creek – without a boat.
If you tip in calm waters, flip the kayak over by grabbing both sides of the cockpit and climb back in if you are able. If you are unable to do this, grab the kayak and swim back to shore or shallow water. If your kayak tips while you’re in a current, hold the kayak with just one arm. Continue to face upward to ensure you can breathe. Keep your body horizontal to the surface of the water and backstroke to the shore or shallower water.
A kayaker must be able to move the hull of their kayak by moving their lower body, and brace themselves against the hull (mostly with the feet) on each stroke. Most kayaks therefore have footrests and a backrest. Some kayaks fit snugly on the hips; others rely more on thigh braces. Mass-produced kayaks generally have adjustable bracing points. Many paddlers also customize their kayaks by putting in shims of closed-cell foam, or more elaborate structure, to make it fit more tightly.
FOR THE PERSON THAT HAS MORE THAN 1 CANOE, KAYAK OR SMALL BOAT. THIS UNIT HAS 250 POUND CAPACITY AND WILL HOLD 2 CANOES OR UP TO 4 KAYAKS. IT HAS ADJUSTABLE 72" WIDE CROSSBARS (FRONT TO REAR) AND A FULLY ADJUSTABLE AXLE, FOR TONGUE WEIGHT. ADJUSTABLE TIE DOWN LOOPS (6) ARE ALSO STANDARD. THE PERFECT "FAMILY TRAILER". IT IS 14' 11" LONG AND 72" WIDE (AT THE CROSSBARS). 1 7/8" BALL COUPLER
Fishing kayaks can be extra tricky to load on top of a typical car rack. Most kayak anglers use a kayak trailer. Kayak trailers make it easy to get your kayak to the water and at the end of the day when you are tired, it is easy to load back up and get home. A kayak trailer can also save you money in terms of gas mileage and fuel efficiency when compared to loading and hauling your kayaks on the rooftop.
Our favorite part of this trailer is that once you detach it from your vehicle, you can use a kick stand of sorts and still use your raw strength to maneuver this trailer around. We wouldn’t go so far as to call it a hand trailer in this mode, but you won’t need to park it in the exact right spot. – Which will save those of us who struggle backing up with a trailer a lot of pain and headache.
It’s been over two years since this journey began. I’ve learned quite a bit along the way. I decided to list some of those lessons. This by no means will be an exhaustive list, and I’ll compile a more technical one soon. But if you’re just starting out kayak angling, hopefully some of these will help you out. Kayak fishing is a fantastic, soulful way to spend some time.
Tyler is a Wisconsin native currently residing in beautiful Western Wisconsin with his wife and children. Tyler is an avid kayak angler, participating in online Kayak Bass Fishing/TourneyX tournaments. He also shares his experiences through his blog, Small Craft Fisherman. He loves to share his passion of kayak fishing with others, teach others, and watch them succeed. Thus, he and his wife decided to start a new kayak fishing guide and sales business in Western Wisconsin called Small Craft Outfitters. Feel free to reach out to him via his guide page, blog, or associated social media accounts.
The body of the paddler must also be taken into account. A paddler with a low center of gravity will find all boats more stable; for a paddler with a high center of gravity, all boats will feel tippier. On average, women and children have a lower COG than men. Unisex kayaks are built for men. A paddler with narrow shoulders will also want a narrower kayak.