My lime green kayak is home and hanging in its new home in the garage. I’ve only been out there three times to check on it. I have to admit, I love those times when you just feel good. The happiness came partly from getting something I’ve been wanting for over two years, and partly from unloading it and putting it away all by myself. I have kayaked many times, but I’ve never had to transport my own before.
The fellows at the store were very kind, and really took the time to teach me how to install the carrier and tie the kayak up on top of the car, etc. They didn’t know what they were doing as it turns out, and had to read the instructions as we went along. We did a lot of laughing and I appreciated their attitude. I wondered at a couple of things they did, but I wasn’t going far nor driving fast, so I figured I could make it home.
Turns out I was wondering about the right things. The ratchet straps were not done correctly, so that took as long to undo as getting the boat down and into the garage. Then there was the post they used to secure them to. It was done exactly like the picture in the instructions that had a great big red x across it with a thumbs down! Hum. Oh well. I have thoroughly read the instructions now, and all I have to do is find the eyelet attachment for the front of my car to fasten the safety bow line to. To get it home, we fastened to the frame, which is stout and worked just fine. I’ve never used that eyelet before, so it will be interesting to see if I can find it. It should be in the spare tire compartment. My car is nine years old now, though, so you never know what is and what isn’t there anymore.
Smooth sailing everyone!