How to Secure a Kayak to a Vehicle with NO RACKS!

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so today we're gonna be taking this

kayak and putting it on top of this rav4

but wait a minute

there aren't any rocks on top of the

rav4 well who needs them we're going to

do it anyway and we're gonna do it all

in a dress so all you need are a couple

of pull noodles some scissors 210-foot

ratchet straps and some rope

just throw a pool noodle up there and

roundabouts line up the far end of the

pool noodle to the edge of the car it

doesn't have to be perfect you just want

to make sure it lays flat across the top

so if it's too long then it's gonna

bunch up when you tie the rope then you

cut it off with your scissors and then I

just use that one to measure the second

pool noodle no big deal and then you

celebrate the fact that you're going

kayaking tomorrow there's a couple of

ways you can do this you can just let

the Rope dangle and close the door

you can tie the rope loosely around the

seat belt to hold it as you walk it

around or you can go ahead and tie the

knot securely to what I like to call the

oh bar a little handle up by the

window that you grab on to when you're


forces or when things get a little too

bumpy you're gonna pull the strings so

you feel that they're nice and tight I

like to tie three knots because I don't

want it going anywhere I don't even want

it to loosen and the cool thing is you

have this handle pull down and you tie

it just as snug as you can whenever

you'll push that handle back up seems

like it makes it just a little more snug

perfect then you do the same thing to

the back pull noodle now some people

have a lot more upper-body strength than

I do and don't need to use a quilt but I

like to use a quilt to help me glide

this thing on up on top of the car but

if you don't need to use a quilt and you

got them muscles you just grab hold of

your kayak fling it up over your head

and put it right on top of that car

more power to you just make sure that

the seat of the kayak is facing down and

the bottom of the kayak is facing up if

you do use a quilt make sure you put it

in between the pool noodles don't have

your quilt on top of your pool noodles

even a little bit because that will make

it harder to pull the quilt out we're

not gonna ride around with that thing

flapping so I like to drag the kayak to

where one end is centered between the

pool noodles but maybe a foot and a half

to two feet away from the car and then I

simply walk the kayak on it and if the

winds blowing at all it's a little

challenging to balance but just take it

nice and slow and shouldn't give you

much trouble so just gently lay it on

there make sure your seat push down grab

hold up the bottom and push it on up to

the top now I have an antenna that

prevents me from keeping the kayak

straight so it's going to sit kind of

diagonally which is just fine but I kind

of go from one side to the other and

ease it on there till it's in the

position that I'm most comfortable with

now you can easily take that quilt and

toss it out of your way this is a

ratchet strap this will never be

anything that you mess with other than

to hook this on to the other end which

is also a hook so I'm just gonna let it

dangle so this part right here

it's threaded through and when the

two pieces that my fingers are on are

straight you can easily move it so we

just want that hook which is this piece

here to be as long as possible to start

off with what we're gonna do is we're

going to put this short end and this

piece inside the car we're just gonna

let it rest on a car seat and then we're

going to take the long piece and walk it

around the outside of the car just like

we did the rope with the equal noodle

and we're going to lay this piece over

the kayak both in the front and the back

about the same place that we put the

pull new then pull this side to tighten

until they link together because we want

to have a little tension and then we'll

use the ratchet part to tighten it even



it's always new class that way you can

get it as tight as possible


completely ratchet this baby it's snug

as we can say it looks flat to me okay

here we go


so then I walk around and make sure that

it is indeed secure but not too tight

because you don't want any dents I'm a

little overly cautious so I take one

more extra measure by securing it in the

front in the back so I've got that one

hooked up and I'm just going to pull

this wire and tilt that one straight

it's around the kayak which you can't

even see in the reflection there and now

I'm going to stick this down into

there's just some little holes here and

it is metal you make sure it's metal and

not plastic and I want to make sure that

when I bring this back up I'm putting it

underneath this because I don't want to

create any tension around that so it's

wrapped around the metal and not around

that and then I'm just going to tie a

knot make it snug and we'll be good to

go and there you have it folks now we're

going to do the same thing for the back

so we're going to through there I nest

my car's dirty I'm not ashamed

voilá around the kayak two knots here

and now I'm ready for tomorrow