Originally Posted by mateojames
I'm a WW kayak virgin, hoping to get started soon, and I have an all-terrain Toyota Corolla that I want to use to get from the concrete jungle to the beautiful rivers of Colorado. Is this a ridiculous idea? Do I need to buy a massive truck?
And if I can use my econobox, can I just strap my boat to the roof, or do I need a roof rack? Any recommendations on brands?
The whole transpo side of this sport seems complicated...
I didn't read the thread, but I also have a Toyota Corolla (2002), and use a Roof Rack. People use compact cars for this purpose all the time, so I'm sure people have already said to you that you should get a roof rack rather than a new car. I've put up to 3 on top of mine, but people have easily put 6 kayaks on top of their roof racks. I just haven't needed to yet. Trucks are good if you're lazy
I also have a little J-style kayak carrier on the roof rack, but it's unnecessary for the most part. I use it because I got it, but it was just something that came with a kayak-package I bought used from someone here.
Also, just use the regular tighten-by-hand straps. I've got two 6 or 8 footers (can't remember) and some much longer ones just in case I need 'em for shuttling (I think they're 18'). You don't need the ratchet kind, not for kayaks. They're too much of a hassle, and mainly used for holding down heavy machinery like motorcycles.
Maybe not quite so necessary, but a cockpit cover for the kayak ($20 or so at Dick's; more if you go for the snazzier snap-dragon kind) will help save a little on fuel too.