Deconstructing the Kayak Tie-Down Straps–A Tutorial . . . For Me!

I knew when I cinched the last strap on the loaner kayak–something was wrong. Dapper G came around and finagled with it, knowing, too, it didn’t look quite right. Still not sure that I tied it down properly, I opted to take the back roads rather than sail down the parkway, taking a chance that the kayak would slip out of the straps and soar through someone’s windshield. I kept poking my head out of the window to make sure it was still there!

So after Jim the salesman (loved this guy because he kept referring to me–no less than thirty times, as being petite and no one’s done that since I was 17!) showed me how to tie the kayak down securely, I decided to take photos of the steps as I untied the straps.

Here one end of the strap is looped under the horizontal bar of the roof rack and threaded through the buckle. Making sure the buckle is at the uppermost part of the kayak, pull the strap down until it’s taut. (If you are short AND petite, you may want to have on hand a small aluminum, two-step ladder.) 

Take the free end of the strap and loop it through the carrying handle; then do a couple loop ties so that the end isn’t flapping, which also adds more security. Repeat for the bow! If you are driving long-distance, buy two tie-down loops that affix to one of the grommets under the hood on both sides. Thread nylon cording through the bow pull strap to the tie downs. Et voila.

Here she is–a Perception Tribute 12′ Airalite with an adjustable Zone DLX seat. One of the best features is that it’s only 30 lbs which is great for a “petite person” like me!

Now I just have to think of a good name for her! Blue Loon? Paddy Wagon? Drivin’ Miss Crazy? Any ideas?

Daily Gratitude: a sunny drive to pick up my kayak while listening to Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto

Quote of the Day for YOU: Peace comes from within the souls of men when they realize their oneness with the universe. —  Black Elk

© Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2011.


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