A kayak can be an easy target for thieves and I am sure that no one wants to loose their expensive vessel. That is why, it is very much important for you to keep it locked and safe from theft. However, there are lots of people who find it difficult to store their kayak safely.
One of the best way to keep it safe would be locking it that is why I am writing this guide with you.
How to Lock a Kayak Safely? Step by Step Guide
Storing an inflatable kayak is not a difficult task as they can easily be deflated and stored inside the house. However, a hardshell kayak does require additional measures to keep it secure and safe which I have discussed below.
Locking inside the Garage or Shed
One of the best and most safest way of storing your kayak is keeping it inside the garage or shed. A garage or shed can provide secure safe for your recreational kayak or any other type of kayak you own. Since, most of the garages have doors which are usually locked and windows are relatively small for a kayak to pass through.
However, there are paddlers who don’t have enough space in their garages to store a kayak. Despite of that, there are various ways to store a kayak even inside a cramped space. For example, you may use a freestanding kayak rack which can be set up in the middle of room or against the wall or you may use a wall mount to mount your ‘yak on the wall without taking up much space.
In case you don’t have space on the wall or in the garage then you may use kayak hoist or any suspension system on ceiling and let your kayak hang from there. Make sure you mount it correctly and does not damage your kayak in the process of securing it.
Locking your Kayak outside the House
Not all the people have garages or sheds at their homes; therefore, I am adding this section as well. There are many paddlers who live in small apartments and houses and does not have garage or shed leaving them with option of storing their vessel outside their homes.
Storing your kayak outside your home require some precautions to follow. You need to store it as close to your home as possible. If you are going to use freestanding kayak rack then make sure that rack is placed near to house. You can use a wall mount on the exterior wall of your house.
However, storing it outside your home using rack or mount won’t be enough; as you will need a chain lock system to lock it. You will need a permanent structure to lock it with. Adding a permanent structure and locking it will make it difficult for the thieves to steal it.
Moreover, don’t forget to cover your kayak with a tarp so that it cannot be seen which will protect it from harmful rays of sun and also from the thieves seeing it. Also cover the cockpit with a kayak cockpit cover in order to prevent the insects and critters to go inside the cockpit.
Locking while on the Road
When you are planning to paddle on farther location then you do need to lock your kayak for safe transportation from one place to another. You would be carrying your kayak on a roof rack or towing it with a kayak trailer. In both the scenarios, you may have to leave your kayak in the parking while sleeping in the hotel which may be a potential risk of theft.
In order to overcome this situation, you will need to use a cable lock to tie and secure your kayak on the roof rack or trailer. In case, you are having a Sit-on-top kayak, you can thread cable lock through the scupper plug holes and safely lock it. Make sure that scupper plug are safely stored when you remove them for adding the lock.
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Securing While Camping
Kayak camping is a fun sports but not when you are only thinking about the safety of your kayak rather than enjoying the trip. If your car is near to camping area then you may use Kayak rack or trailer and use above method for locking it.
If you can’t bring your car near to the campsite and have to bring the kayak inside then you may carry a foldable kayak and bring the ‘yak inside the tent. Moreover, if you have a hardshell kayak then you need to find the hard structure like tree, log, or dock where you can secure it using a cable lock. Do make sure that your kayak is locked near to your tent.
Get Kayak Insurance
It is always a good idea to get a Kayak insurance, as no matter what precautions you take, things may go against your planning. Mishaps may happen and that is why it is important to stay safe from all ends. There are various insurance options available for non-motorized boats which cover various damages even theft. Some options ever cover for your kayak accessories like fishing rods for fishing kayaks, portable electronics like kayak fish finders and others.
Bonus Tips to keep your Kayak Safe from being Stolen
Here are some of the bonus tips to keep your kayak safe from being stolen.
Cover your Kayak
You need to cover your kayak with kayak cover so that no one can see it. It is like not giving an opportunity to thief from seeing your vessel.
Do Remember your Hull Identification Number (HIN)
It is a best practice to keep the record of hull identification number and can become very handy in case your ‘yak get stolen. HIN is mentioned near the stern of your vessel.
You may have to provide these information while reporting the theft to the authorities and it may help them to recover your kayak.
However, some thieves may try to remove it so try adding it somewhere where thief can’t find it.
It is very much important for you to know that how to lock a kayak so that you can keep your kayak safe from theft. I am sure my detailed guide must have helped you to understand the method of locking your kayak.
As you now know that how a kayak is locked then you should always keep your kayak locked when you are not using it. Don’t forget to share this guide with fellow paddlers who might find this guide helpful and worth reading.