Kayak Trailers, Transportation Needs
New and Used Trailers
If you’ve got more than two kayaks to transport or would rather not put your kayak on the roof of your vehicle a kayak trailer could be the solution you’re looking for. And for most people, once they’ve seen the benefits of using a kayak trailer over car topping there’s no going back.
Once of the biggest advantages of using a trailer is the time and hassle you save loading and unloading. Your vessels can be stored on your trailer so when you want to go out there’s no need to get it up on the car roof and fiddle around with knots and buckles you can’t see. You simply attach the trailer and drive off. And when you return home tired after a day on the water there’s no need to unload your kayak and store it. It can live on the trailer. However, you do need the space to store a trailer somewhere.
Choosing a new or used kayak trailer
Most kayak and canoe trailers out there are multi-boat trailers with equipment storage space either underneath or between the kayaks. A multi-kayak trailer will set you back about $2500 so it’s not really an option for most people. You can get single and double kayak trailers for a lot less, generally in the region of $600-800 but even this can be off putting.
You could check around boat and kayak stores and the internet for used trailers for sale. You can generally pick up a good deal this way but make sure you give the trailer a good check before you hand over your cash.
Otherwise consider picking up a cheap boat trailer – you never know what you’ll happen on in a marina sale, garage sale or in the classified ads. With a little modification you can build yourself a pretty good trailer.
If you’re modifying any kind of trailer to haul a kayak be careful about the weight and balance. You need a little weight behind you or your trailer and kayak will get blown about by gusts of wind and passing trucks. Make sure you balance the kayak properly on the trailer and get the bow far enough back that it doesn’t bang into the trunk of your car when you go round corners or over bumps. And don’t forget a full set of working lights – you need to let people behind you know what you’re doing.