How To Transport Kayak Without Roof Rack?

Even if you have a particular kayak rack, transporting a 14-foot touring kayak isn’t easy at the best of circumstances, and there are a number of reasons why you might not. Perhaps you’ve just purchased your first kayak and haven’t thought about how you’ll get it home, or perhaps there isn’t a kayak rack that fits your car or truck. But don’t panic, there are a few simple methods to transporting a kayak without a roof rack.

Place the pool noodles on top of your car and secure them

Make sure the pool noodles are the right form for your kayak as the first step in fastening it. They should cross the roof without projecting too far on either side. You’ll need to trim the noodle if there’s a lot of it sticking out.

Depending on the size of your vehicle’s roof, space the pool noodles approximately every three feet, with one in the centre and one in the front and back. Run one set of your ratchet straps through the hole in the centre of the pool noodles and then into the inside of your car, via the open doors, once the noodles are in position.

Place Your Kayak on Top of the Pool Noodles by lifting it up


Flip your kayak over so the cockpit is facing down and lift it onto your vehicle’s roof with one person on each end, with the centre of the kayak sitting on the central pool noodle. The pool noodles will keep the kayak in position while preventing it from injuring your vehicle.

Straps are used to secure the kayak

It’s time to tie your kayak to your vehicle now that it’s in place. Pass one set of ratchet straps over the front of the kayak and open the front and back doors of your vehicle. Join the straps inside your vehicle and secure it with the cam or ratchet strap. Remember to twist the straps as you run them through your car to avoid them from generating a high-pitched howling sound while driving.

Rep this procedure with the kayak’s back end. Remember not to overtighten the straps otherwise your kayak’s hull or your car’s roof may be damaged.

Ensure the Bow and Stern are secure

The kayak can’t move from side to side because the straps are fastened around it, but you’ll have to keep it from sliding forward or backwards now. If you need to brake quickly, the last thing you want is your kayak slipping off the roof.

Thread another set of ratchet straps through the kayak’s front toggles, or carry handles, and fasten them to the tie-down places beneath your vehicle with a carabiner or securing hook. Using the rear carry handles and the tow bar or towing hooks to secure the straps, you may do the same at the back.


Is it possible to lift a kayak with just one person?

You might be able to carry your kayak on your own if it’s a smaller, lighter model. This will be accomplished by hoisting it onto one shoulder.

Should kayaks be facing inward or outward?

Always flip your kayak over and lay it on its side on your crossbars.

Do kayaks have an easy time flipping?

Many people believe kayaks are easily flipped over, yet they are much more solid than they appear.

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