1st post, new here (this forum was recommended) and have not even bought a kayak yet. My wife and I have been out a few times, always in tandems, and want to get one of our own; plenty of water within a reasonable driving radius of the DC suburbs of MD.
Well, I've been watching Craigslist -- why not get a used one? -- and it occurs to me even if I find an ideal boat I need to get it home and I presume most CL sellers won't deliver. So, I need to have to start with a transportation method. Somehow, rooftop possibly won't work for us; my two cars don't even have a roof, and the spousemobile (Acura RSX-S) seems inappropriate too especially the roof layout but I could be mistaken.
Not my only option, however. We own a 4x8 utility trailer for lumberyard purchases, a bit worn after 24 years but serviceable and probably to be replaced with another one. It seems reasonable to press it into service as a short-range kayak toter. Maybe buy (CL again?) a rooftop rack and adapt it as a trailertop rack with a little fabrication. Figuring perhaps (wild guess at this point) a 16' boat, that's 4' in front of and also behind the trailer's body, need to ensure the nose of the boat is above the rear hatch of the RSX-S (note to self, measure tongue length). If I get a rack expandable to two boats, that's good as another couple we know expressed similar interests in kayaking.
If I have a question in all this, it's: are there any caveats to this train of thought? As in "stay away from brand XXX as the clamps tend to break" or "feature for feature, we found that brand ZZZ model 200 is a better value and the bottom of the rack is flat so it might adapt to your trailer easier". VERY unlikely to purchase a free-standing kayak trailer due to storage considerations. And a forum search mentioned something called a "stacker"?