Flying kayaks and canoes

Another good video from the National Center for Cold Water Safety:

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Thanks! That is a good video. I always make it a priority to get out from behind any vehicle carrying kayaks, canoes or other stuff because you just don’t know how well they have the things secured.

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Nice visual tutorial

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I have a friend who used to say, “There is a right way and a wrong way to launch a boat.” The wrong way is as you would launch a sailplane. This offers some pretty darned good demonstrations of the wrong way.

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Well three things can be learned here.

  1. Factory racks are mostly junk. If you use them keep your boats flat to the roof and use bow and stern safety lines. If your vehicle is basically too small for your boat to be firmly anchored against wind cocking, use a belly strap too.
  2. If you are buying a vehicle with factory tracks, you may be better served not doing so and buying an aftermarket rack system.
  3. Have you seen those cheap made in China J bars on EBay? Don’t even think about them.

You musn’t swear nor touch church steeple,
so all aboard you paddle people!
Tonight we’ll fly o’er land or sea.
Canoe take flight Chasse-galerie!

Hmm. Bow and stern lines came undone, I guess. Devil’s in the details.

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