Transportation is proudly sponsored by Boreal Design Kayaks from Quebec Canada



An unloaded solo kayak can be transported by the paddler.

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Crouch down with the buttocks resting against your heels. Position the cockpit of your kayak against your shoulder. Grasp it and stand up carefully, keeping your back straight. Your thighs must bear the effort, not your back. For more comfort, make a shoulder pad out of a piece of foam or rolled-up sweater.  

Trolleys / Carts

If you suffer from backaches or find your kayak too heavy, use a kayak cart at one end of the kayak. Grasp the toggle and pull it along behind you. Kayak carts are often collapsible for easy storage in your kayak before departure.

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Vehicle with a Roof Rack

Upside down, right side up, on its side; there is no wrong way to transport a kayak. The only conditions are that the kayak be well secured, that nothing obstructs your field of vision and that the hull is not being deformed.

If your car is equipped with a roof rack:

  • Position the foam protectors on the rack bars.
  • Install the kayak.
  • Use two straps and two cords to secure it in place.
  • Slide the straps under the rack bars and over the kayak. 
  • Repeat, attach the buckle and pull tight.
  • Attach the bow and stern ends using cords. Do not tighten excessively.
    Vehicle with a Roof Rack


Several kayak support systems are offered on the market: cradle-shaped, J-shaped and others. Choose a system contoured to your kayak shape and that spreads weight evenly. The support bars of your rack should be positioned near the bulkheads or one third of the way from each end of the kayak.

Vehicle with a Roof Rack

Think ahead!
If you are transporting your kayak upright or on its side, a cockpit cover could prevent rain and dirt from entering the craft. You may even save money on gas because of decreased air turbulence in the cockpit.

The use of self-tightening straps is not recommended because it is hard to determine the amount of pressure applied to the kayak.

Check with local authorities for information on the maximum length of craft that may be transported on a vehicle roof.