Carrying a kayak in a pickup truck can be a tricky affair, but with the right approach, it can be done safely and easily. The first step is to make sure that the bed of the pickup truck is free of any debris or obstacles that could interfere with loading or securing the kayak.
Once the bed has been cleared, it’s time to prepare the kayak for loading. If you are using a roof rack to transport your kayak, make sure it is securely attached before attempting to lift it onto the truck. Otherwise, if you’re planning on using straps and tie-down ropes, attach these securely to both sides of the kayak before trying to move it.
When loading your kayak into a pickup truck, you’ll want to make sure that you’re doing so from an elevated platform like a dock or ramp. This will make lifting the heavy vessel much easier and safer.
After lifting one end of the kayak onto the truck bed, it’s best practice to secure that end with straps or tie-downs before lifting up the other end and securing it as well. Once both ends are secured, you’ll want to make sure that everything is tightened down so there won’t be any movement during transit.
In addition to securing your kayak properly in your truck bed, you’ll also want to consider adding some padding between your boat and your vehicle. Foam blocks or special pads designed for this purpose are available online or at most sporting goods stores and can help protect both your boat and vehicle from scratches and damage during transport.
Carrying a kayak in a pickup truck requires some planning and preparation but with the right approach it can be done safely and easily. Making sure that all straps and tie-downs are secure before driving off will ensure that nothing moves around during transit, while adding some padding between your boat and vehicle will help protect both from damage during transport.