I am considering getting a truck in the near future to help easily transport a kayak. I’m currently putting the kayak in my car and pushing it all the way to the windshield (Chevy Volt). The setup is not very safe but I don’t generally go too far. So I was looking at the Ford Maverick with the 4.5 foot bed length. Also, the Ford Ranger with either 5 foot or 6 foot bed length depending on options.
My kayak is 13 feet. I’d like to just be able to lay the kayak in the bed and use a bed extender like the t-bone to give me more stability/support on the kayak. See: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SVJVSNF/?tag=ytk-20 . It seems this gives me another 4 feet of support.
If I went with the Maverick, I’d have 4.5 + 4 feet (tbone) = 8.5 feet of support.
So of the 13 feet of my kayak 65% would be supported (8.5/13) with an overhang of 4 feet 6 inches. That’s just enough to require the orange flag per NC law.
Is going with a 6 foot bed to get another 1.5 feet going to help a lot for transporting a 13 foot kayak with bed extender or is 4.5 feet from the Maverick enough? With the 6 foot Ranger I’d get 76% of support. With the 5 foot Ranger, 69%.
My question is, is the 4.5 foot bed enough support on the kayak to avoid deforming it over short distances generally less than 40 minutes… Possibly 2 hours if I decide to venture further out in the future.
Is 70% of the kayak length being supported a general guideline to avoid deforming the hull or is it okay to go lower to around say only 50% of it being supported? My main concern is keeping the kayak secure and not deforming it.
Thank you for any help!