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#12288935 - 06/11/17 05:25 PM Securing kayak
tdbduckhunter Offline

Registered: 05/08/06
Posts: 99
Loc: dallas
What is the best way to secure kayak while traveling? Pictures would be awesome.

#12288965 - 06/11/17 05:46 PM Re: Securing kayak [Re: tdbduckhunter]
Tallgrass05 Online   content
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Registered: 03/02/05
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Loc: Kansas
What are you securing it to? Trailer, truck bed, truck bed extender, roof rack?

#12289124 - 06/11/17 08:02 PM Re: Securing kayak [Re: tdbduckhunter]
collincountytx Online   content
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Registered: 04/08/08
Posts: 14268
Loc: Dallas, TX
Strong, highly visible deterrents. You want to make things look very difficult.

1. Alarm on vehicle and "The Club" on the steering wheel. (Walmart in the auto section)
2. Trailer hitch dogbone style lock (Walmart in the auto section)
3. Some thick chain (from Home Depot) and a padlock (Walmart tools section) securing the trailer to the vehicle
4. Multiple vinyl coated thick steel cables (Walmart tools section some in the bicycle section also) running through scuppers/etc and around the trailer metal bars secured with more padlocks.

Make sure the locks don't seize or you lose a key.
If you do, you might have to go to HD/Lowes for some bolt cutters. Don't ask me how I know this.

#12289189 - 06/11/17 08:39 PM Re: Securing kayak [Re: tdbduckhunter]
IslandJim Offline

Registered: 07/08/14
Posts: 304
Loc: Rockport, TX
You know, Yeti Cooler thefts would stop if some one left one outside, with about 100 ft. of 80-pound mono secured to the wall, and the other end attached to the pull pin on a hand grenade, inside the cooler. I'm not condoning this, but it would really slow down the thefts! Thieves suck!

You will never totally defeat determined thieves, but you can make it harder for them to take your stuff. Plastic-coated lifeline cable, as used on sailboats, is almost impossible to cut, without a mini-grinder with abrasive blade, or a very expensive cable(not bolt) cutter. Make a cable from that, with thimbles, and Nico-Press sleeves, and a quality padlock, and you can probably sleep sound. Run it through your scupper holes and around something strong, and you will probably never lose your stuff.

In the Caribbean, a battery-powered mini-grinder with cut-off wheel is called a Puerto Rican Master Key!

I'm an Eighth Day Adventist. On the Eighth Day, God went fishing!

#12289269 - 06/11/17 09:14 PM Re: Securing kayak [Re: tdbduckhunter]
C.M. Offline

Registered: 09/09/16
Posts: 190
> I'm not condoning this, but it would really slow down the thefts!

Which forum accepts people that condone this? Asking for a friend...

#12289471 - 06/12/17 03:40 AM Re: Securing kayak [Re: tdbduckhunter]
christian myrick Offline
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Registered: 08/03/11
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Loc: little elm
Currently we use 2 x 30ft cable locks. We twist, tie knot and generally tangle the yaks up. Its a real pain in the rear. I hate theives.

#12289567 - 06/12/17 07:50 AM Re: Securing kayak [Re: tdbduckhunter]
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#12289572 - 06/12/17 07:54 AM Re: Securing kayak [Re: tdbduckhunter]
Shaun Russell Offline
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Registered: 03/15/08
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Glock 40 cal. thumb

I use a cable lock through the scupper holes. A person can still cut them with bolt cutters. But for the average, target of opportunity thief it will detour them.

And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
Matthew 4:19

#12289700 - 06/12/17 09:09 AM Re: Securing kayak [Re: tdbduckhunter]
Searsay Offline

Registered: 07/26/12
Posts: 239
Loc: Lewisville TX
Cable lock through scupper holes or other riveted/permanent fixture on kayak. I also make sure they are well tied down and usually interconnected. For longer trips (overnights at hotels) I use two separate cable locks looped through everything on separate points.

They do sell tarp alarms that you could rig up to straps/cable locks as well - but i haven't felt those would make much of a difference.

Though I wouldn't do the below myself - since it is just as likely to tick the person off and they take it out on whatever is closest. I have seen people successfully modify prank electric shockers to run through cable locks. It's really hard to cut a cable when you keep getting shocked - and given kayak's non-conductive nature this would work particularly well on them.

Edited by Searsay (06/12/17 09:12 AM)

#12289794 - 06/12/17 09:50 AM Re: Securing kayak [Re: tdbduckhunter]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 01/18/03
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Loc: South Texas
What makes kayaks so attractive to the opportunist thief is they can drive up next to it, cut the straps with a knife and throw it into their truck and speed away within seconds.
Any type of cable or locking device with deter the cut and grab thief, and make them go elsewhere.
Don't count on any cables and chains to prevent a theft with an overnight stay in a motel or parking lot, because they will have plenty of time to seek out bolt cutters.
Cables and chains are the best, but if a thief wants your kayak he will get it unless you can post someone to watch, rig an alarm or put the kayak in your room.

Edited by Jimbo (06/12/17 09:52 AM)
Just one more cast!

#12289876 - 06/12/17 10:35 AM Re: Securing kayak [Re: tdbduckhunter]
Todd™ Offline
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Registered: 01/21/11
Posts: 3530
Loc: On my kayak
Are you asking how you tie it down or keep somebody from steeling it?

#12291884 - 06/13/17 12:13 PM Re: Securing kayak [Re: tdbduckhunter]
tdbduckhunter Offline

Registered: 05/08/06
Posts: 99
Loc: dallas
I want to keep someone from stealing. It will be attached to a trailer. Thanks for the info and ideas.

#12291913 - 06/13/17 12:32 PM Re: Securing kayak [Re: tdbduckhunter]
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My bruh Collin County uses about 13 chains and pad locks he uses. One is like a 10 foot length of 3 inch thick straight up chain. He calls it the chain of trust.

Also he carries bolt cutters in case he loses a key, which happened at Falcon and he had to cut his own lock.

Lucky it was one of the thinner cable locks and not the chain of trust... that would have taken a while.

So yeah chains and bike locks, the more, the harder it will be get them all off for a thief. Best bet is see if you can get a ground floor room you can keep it in your room. That or get you a chain of trust... .or 13
Originally Posted By: junbengreat
Pulled a gun on his dryer and they caught a bunch of fish.

#12292171 - 06/13/17 02:49 PM Re: Securing kayak [Re: tdbduckhunter]
BrandoA Offline
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Registered: 06/09/11
Posts: 3191
Loc: Marble Falls
I am eventually going to purchase a 14ft Cargo trailer for hauling my Kayaks and Equipment especially when I start traveling to different rivers and what throughout the state.


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