How To Load A Kayak Car Rack

Learn how to load a kayak car rack with your kayak in this article. You can easily transport your kayak from place to place using a kayak car rack. These devices connect to the roof luggage carrying rack on your vehicle and safely and securely secure your kayak for travel. Loading a kayak is simple, and you can do it yourself (without the help of a partner) if you follow these easy steps.

To load a kayak car rack, you will need:

  • Strength
  • Kayak car rack
  • Straps
  1. Pick up the kayak by bending your knees and grasping the far side with your right hand. Grasp the near side with your left hand and lift the kayak onto your shoulder, so that your arm is inside the cockpit of the kayak.
  2. Carry the kayak to the rear of your vehicle. Lay the front of the kayak (bow) on the slider saddle of the kayak car rack and the rear (stern) on the ground so that the kayak forms a 30 to 45 degree angle from the ground to the top of your vehicle.  
  3. Steady the kayak and move to the stern. Lift the stern of the kayak up. Steady your balance and push the kayak onto the kayak car rack, ensuring that it stays seated on the slider saddle. Rest the front of the kayak on the front slider saddle.
  4. Secure the kayak using straps or bungee cords so that it does not come loose during travel. Remove the kayak following this procedure in reverse.


  • When lifting the kayak never lift from your back or you can injure yourself.
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