Getting you to the water with your boat is generally what a canoe and kayak ‘livery’ service specializes in helping you with. If you rent a boat on a flowing river or on some waterways, a shuttle service is usually provided as part of the charge for the boat rental. Be sure to ask in advance, so you understand what the outfitter will provide as part of the service.
Roof Racks. If you renting a boat from a shop and transporting it yourself, you’ll have to have car top racks. If there are factory-installed luggage or travel racks on your vehicle, you’re set for carrying your board or boat to the lake. If you plan to carry several canoes or kayaks on a sedan, SUV or van, ask for advice and assistance to make sure you have a suitable rack system and are comfortable loading and securing them with straps or rope.
If you are buying you own boat, racks systems can fit any vehicle on the road, and offer paddling-specific accessories to help load and secure them.
Boat Carts. These handy items help if you are hauling a long or heavy boat solo. Some fold for storage in your boat and others feature wheels suited to traveling on sand.
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