Kayak Question

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  1. Teegate

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    My daughter Jennifer just purchased a kayak. We all thought the sealed cover on the right side in the below photo was a sealed storage area until we removed it at home. Everyone I have viewed was a storage area.

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    Unfortunately, this one is not.

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    What is it's purpose if it is a tightly sealed cover? Drain plug?? I see they sell bags to put in there. Has anyone used them?
     
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  2. bobpbx

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    I think it is just a storage area. I would go ahead and buy a bag for it.
     
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  3. 46er

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    It is a storage area and better that it is open as draining and cleaning the so called 'sealed' ones can be a pain, as most leak. The cover just provides access. This type dries easily after use. Get a couple of dry bags. Might consider attaching some mesh behind the seat to hold things in place with some glue on d-ring patches.

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  4. Teegate

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    It's a 2016. She has had it one year this past week or so and has 36,000 miles on it. She has a long drive each and every weekday and many weekends. She is hoping to go with her friends kayaking to keep herself sane.
     
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    I have two Wilderness Systems kayaks with storage areas like this with foam bulkheads that are supposed to make it it waterproof, but it isn't. I use it for storage, but anything sensitive goes in dry bags. I've have great success with Sea to Summit dry bags, they are lightweight and come in a large variety of sizes.
     
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    Thanks everyone. I think she has made a decision.
     
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  7. 46er

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    A couple of suggestions for transporting; put a twist in each of the hold down straps. It will keep them from humming when moving at highway speeds. I use these to tie down the front of my canoe to prevent damage to all the plastic on the bumpers. Several out there or you can make a set. They are placed in the gap between the hood and fender. There is a big torque effect on the front of the boat at highway speed, the link explains it better than I can.

    https://www.amazon.com/Sherpak-0781...497871367&sr=8-1&keywords=sherpak+quick+loops

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    The article; the guy takes it to extremes, but he makes the point.

    http://hpcanoes.blogspot.com/2011/08/car-topping-long-boats.html
     
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  8. GermanG

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    These seem like a great idea. Newer vehicles, even trucks, have so much darn plastic up front it's hard to find a good anchoring point without damaging something when you tighten down. I wonder how much upward force the hood of some newer vehicles can take if you use these however. I normally get my lines pretty tight, just shy of bending the boat. I get unnerved seeing the boat move around at highway speeds. At that price, it's worth getting a set to check out.
     
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  9. 46er

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    The other problem with some of the newer vehicles is where they place the roof rails. Many do not go far enough forward to allow a safe and secure tie down. I had to go with the Thule brand as they were the only ones I found that had a mount that worked well up front. Using the factory stuff would have meant about 50% of the boat would go unsupported in the worst place, up front.
     
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  10. GermanG

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    Yes, that and the fact that most factory racks are referred to as "luggage racks" and not meant to carry the weight of heavier boats. I carry my aluminum canoe up top as often as I do my kayaks, and the last vehicle I had with racks did not support them well. I think I was beyond the recommended weight in any case, so I went with a Thule or Yakima. Too long ago to remember. Two pickups later, I've been using foam blocks for the front, with a hitch-mount bed extender rack for the rear, mounted in the high position. It always amazed me how a sedan or SUV can carry a long boat more securely than a pickup can.
     
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  11. manumuskin

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    Speaking of Wilderness Systems I have a Wilderness Systems Cape Lookout 135 I"m selling for 300.It's blue and still in great shape,unfortunately I can no longer fit in it.Going to buy a large cockpit recreation kayak that I can get into and out easier without going into contortions.My 135 is rollable.I"m going to sacrifice rolling for someting I can get out of easier in hairy swamp situations.
     
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  12. 46er

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    Get a pack canoe ;)
     
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    I showed her all of the posts. Thanks everyone.
     
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