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Old 03-12-2007, 01:43 PM
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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.
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Old 03-12-2007, 04:17 PM
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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.
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Old 03-12-2007, 05:35 PM
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Character deformation?!...

Distribution of STRESS is the goal...
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!
Excessive strap forces WILL deform the hull!
A safety line from the pointy ends to the bumpers will prevent unwanted launching at highway speeds!

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!
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Old 03-12-2007, 09:50 PM
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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.
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Old 03-21-2007, 02:46 PM
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Seat Down has always worked for me.....................

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Old 03-22-2007, 03:47 AM
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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.
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