How Do You Strap a Kayak on a Truck Bed?

Trucks are the perfect way to transport kayaks, allowing you to take your boat wherever you need to go. But before you can do that, you’ll need to learn how to properly strap a kayak on a truck bed. It’s not as complicated as it sounds, and with the right equipment and some practice, anyone can safely and securely transport their kayak.

Step 1: Gather Your Equipment

Before you begin strapping your kayak down, make sure you have all the necessary equipment.

The most important items are straps or rope specifically designed for lashing down cargo. For an extra layer of security, consider using ratchet straps as well. You should also have foam blocks or padding to place between the truck bed and the boat.

Step 2: Place Padding in the Truck Bed

Once all your supplies are gathered, begin by placing foam blocks or padding in the truck bed so that it’s evenly spread out. This will protect both the boat and the truck from any potential damage caused by shifting during transit.

Step 3: Secure the Kayak

Next, lay your kayak lengthwise in the truck bed with its center over the axle. Then use two straps or ropes – one on each side of the boat – to secure it in place. Make sure that all straps are tight enough so that no movement is possible without significant effort.

Step 4: Secure Everything with Ratchet Straps

For extra security, use ratchet straps over top of your ropes or straps. This will ensure that everything stays put during transit and won’t slip off while driving.


With these four steps, you can easily strap a kayak onto a truck bed for safe transportation anywhere you need to go. Make sure to double check all straps before driving off and also keep an eye on them during transit just in case something needs adjusting.

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Stephen Dunn