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hmaadd 03-12-2007 01:43 PM

yak transport question
I know this is a stupid question. When hauling your kayak do you carry it seat up or down. I'm toting it on a suv. Just wandering if it matters. The place I bought it from told me to put it seat down. I can't figure out why it matters. It's alot easier to slide on the bottom.

For those that care the 2007 ride is a pretty fast yak. They have renovated the old one to make it faster and easier to turn plus more storage.

Adrian 03-12-2007 04:17 PM

I carry mine seat up - its a SOT. I guess the aerodynamics of seat down are better.

For a sit-inside, seat down would avoid a hull full of water when driving in the rain. :)

Penguin 03-12-2007 05:35 PM

Character deformation?!...
Distribution of STRESS is the goal... :tongue:
If you want to carry it seat up...hull conforming pads that properly support the hull and minimize WARPING are key...
For seat down...The cockpit top edge is structurally more robust and will ride nicely on the rack rails (padded rails will serve you better and be kinder to your prized tupperware)...
If the boat does not sit on that flat edge, properly contoured pads will minimize WARPING...
Straps snug the boat to the rails and secures it in place...Don't get carried away! :tsk_tsk:
Excessive strap forces WILL deform the hull! :eek:
A safety line from the pointy ends to the bumpers will prevent unwanted launching at highway speeds! :whoa:

Do a post-loading/predeparture walk around to make sure everything is right and secure.
Loose items in the boat may take flight and will make some following stranger very happy...
Periodic enroute checks ensure system integrity and mission accomplishment! :D

hmaadd 03-12-2007 09:50 PM

Mine is a sot. I guess I never thought you could warp the plastic. Seat up is definately easier. Makes sense that seat down would be better for the yak. No contour on top side. Thanks

Now I know why the store owner grimiced when I cranded down on the ratchet straps before leaving. He said ho ho hold thats plenty its not going anywhere. :hihi:

Gogga 03-21-2007 02:46 PM

Seat Down has always worked for me.....................

jamie 03-22-2007 03:47 AM

Mike, for some reason this reminds me of the time you turned up at the check in desk of a British airport with your yak, to board a flight to Spain.

Colorado Cajun 03-29-2007 04:32 PM

Seat down, you wouldn't be putting the stress of the wind on the seat. Just my thought!

What does SOT mean? I'm not a yaker but I'm thinking about it.

Dble Haul 03-30-2007 09:25 AM

SOT = sit on top, as opposed to a sit inside kayak.

Colorado Cajun 03-30-2007 09:47 AM


Originally Posted by Dble Haul
SOT = sit on top, as opposed to a sit inside kayak.

Thanks Mark!

GregD 05-06-2007 10:30 PM

I had a couple more thoughts to add...

If you yak has a rudder, it would be wise to put it stern forward on the vehicle so the wind won't bend your rudder while at highway speeds and running into the gusting winds. I have seen the results from having you rudder bent from the wind and it's not pretty.

I carry mine bottom down and supported by foam blocks underneath. A couple of carpet covered 2 X 2 added lengthwise under the kayak from rack to rack to support your kayak in the heat of the summer will reduce the oil can effect and folding effect. The material gets mighty soft in the sun on those 90+ degree days, not a big investment either. It also keeps it more steady from wagging back and forth in the wind.

The only disadvantage is if it rains and you have scupper plugs left in it or a Sit in kayak it will bend the kayak as it fills with water.


hmaadd 05-09-2007 08:36 PM

Well I've tride both. My ws ride is made a little funny on the bottom. It sounds like I've got 50 inch mudders on the wheels when I pass 45mph carrying it bottom down.

It's hard to load seat down w/ rod holders gps mount and the rubber covers. It doesn't slide easily and this yak is heavvvvy.

So I broke down and bought some yakima aero hullraisers. It doesn't make a noise while in transit now and it loads much easier.

It just looks funny hauling it down the road.

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