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Old 06-15-2016, 06:47 PM   #1
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Preventing Kayak Theft

Hi All,

I would like to know if any of you worry about having your
boat stolen off your car? If you have to leave your car
unattended with your boat on top, do you lock it up
somehow? I would like to combine some paddling and
hiking, but I have been a little leery about leaving my
car at a trailhead with my kayak on top.
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Old 06-15-2016, 07:23 PM   #2
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Who wants a kayak? LOL. Probably no problem, but then that me talking about your boat. Hikers come from all over the country, but 99.8% are the sort you can trust.

You should take precautions against an easy theft… have you considered stashing it? Hike up the trail 50-100 yards and deviate off the trail and hide it. Nobody will ever find it, they will be on the trail trying to bag the peak or destination.

Or drill a hole in the bottom and run a cable through it.
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Old 06-15-2016, 08:46 PM   #3
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Who wants a kayak? LOL. Probably no problem, but then that me talking about your boat. Hikers come from all over the country, but 99.8% are the sort you can trust.

>Yeah, but that 0.2% that might walk away with 100% of
>my kayak....

You should take precautions against an easy theft… have you considered stashing it? Hike up the trail 50-100 yards and deviate off the trail and hide it. Nobody will ever find it, they will be on the trail trying to bag the peak or destination.

>Hey, that's a good idea. I hadn't considered it.

Or drill a hole in the bottom and run a cable through it.
>Hmmm. Another idea I hadn't considered. Would I need a
>special drill bit?
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Old 06-15-2016, 08:49 PM   #4
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I have never had any issues leaving my kayak on my car but it does make me nervous sometimes.

I live in an apartment complex and therefore the only place to store my kayak is on my patio which luckily has a large pole (to support the balconies above). Between the seat part and the inside wall of the kayak, there's enough room for me to put a cable through so I can lock it to the pole on my patio. The cable fits through the area where the blue arrows are pointing below


There was also one trip I used the cable to lock it to the roof rack on my car. The crossbars are already locked to my side rails so it was pretty secure
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Old 06-16-2016, 03:18 AM   #5
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Hide it and lock it up to help keep "honest" people honest.
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Old 06-16-2016, 09:25 AM   #6
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I have had things stolen at the Saranack parking lots before. I would at least get a cable and a good lock and lock it to the car.
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Old 06-16-2016, 01:50 PM   #7
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Canoe and Kayak theft

http://www.lockstraps.com/
These might help cut proof straps. Their are other brands as well.
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Old 06-16-2016, 02:03 PM   #8
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My wife and I have a lot invested in our kayaks (Swift ADK series) and I often lock them up if we are going to be away from our vehicle. I have bike cables on each boat and lock them together to my bumper. Sometimes when we are camping and leave our site I lock them to the RV.
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Old 06-16-2016, 04:25 PM   #9
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http://www.lockstraps.com/
These might help cut proof straps. Their are other brands as well.
Thule sells a lockable steel/nylon strap.

Lasso cables look interesting as well. However reviews on REI are mixed. Google "kayak lasso" for more info.
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Old 06-16-2016, 09:39 PM   #10
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I use two of these cable locks. They adjust to the exact size you need.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Master-Lo...g&gclsrc=aw.ds

One around the boat at each crossbar. If the crossbars are spread far enough apart, each one goes around the boat at a narrower point So the boat can't be slid of the crossbars.

Not a perfect solution, nothing is, but I'm pretty happy with them.
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Old 06-16-2016, 09:51 PM   #11
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I use two of these cable locks. They adjust to the exact size you need.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Master-Lo...g&gclsrc=aw.ds

One around the boat at each crossbar. If the crossbars are spread far enough apart, each one goes around the boat at a narrower point So the boat can't be slid of the crossbars.

Not a perfect solution, nothing is, but I'm pretty happy with them.
I use these for my kayak in the same fashion as M-73 does. Works good. I also use them on my canoes and for my bikes.
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Old 06-17-2016, 12:36 AM   #12
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Not a kayak but my tandem canoe... No I don't worry about someone stealing it; it weighs close to 100lbs so if they take it off the top of my truck and are able to get it out of the parking lot; good for them!!

But, I'd get a cable lock of some sort if I was leaving it in an area that was prone to theft.
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Old 06-18-2016, 07:43 PM   #13
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[QUOTE=makevx73;246741]I use two of these cable locks. They adjust to the exact size you need.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Master-Lo...g&gclsrc=aw.ds

One around the boat at each crossbar. If the crossbars are spread far enough apart, each one goes around the boat at a narrower point So the boat can't be slid of the crossbars.

/QUOTE]

Thanks! I happen to have a gift card to Home Depot. I think this will work well.
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Old 06-19-2016, 09:23 AM   #14
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When I leave a canoe or kayak on my car overnight, whether at home or out of town, I secure it with a cable & padlock; not that it prevents a determined thief, but it makes theft a little bit harder and slower. I have a double loop (lasso) cable to use with a padlock if I have only 1 boat on the rack; otherwise, I use a long cable that I lock onto each kayak, threaded under the rack bars and/or through the canoe's thwarts. It's just peace of mind.
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Old 06-19-2016, 12:24 PM   #15
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I use two of these cable locks. They adjust to the exact size you need.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Master-Lo...g&gclsrc=aw.ds

One around the boat at each crossbar. If the crossbars are spread far enough apart, each one goes around the boat at a narrower point So the boat can't be slid of the crossbars.

/QUOTE]

Thanks! I happen to have a gift card to Home Depot. I think this will work well.
If you look around, at Amazon ect., you can also find them longer if you need it. I've seen them up to 12 ft. or so.

Also dig through all of them on the rack and try to find two keyed the same. If you're lucky you'll find matching keys...
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Old 06-25-2016, 08:29 AM   #16
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I have 3 kayaks and I bought the Lasso security cables for kayaks on Amazon. they have a loop at each end and a combo lock you set yourself. Very thick cable.
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Old 06-25-2016, 01:04 PM   #17
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When the time comes, the thief's are likely to prevail.
I have had a kayak and two canoes stolen in the last 45 years. Two were stolen from a locked boat house and one from the front lawn of a camp. The kayak and one canoe were found...damaged. A wooden canoe has not been seen since although there is undoubtedly someone in Trout Lake that knows where it ended up.
Cables, locks etc. will discourage theft but from my experience, nothing will prevent it. I never leave the really good boats unattended and I do my best to secure my boats if I need to leave them somewhere.

Be sure that you keep a file for each boat that includes it's serial number and photo's. If there are any unique characteristics be sure that you take pictures of them. If any of your boats have collectable value, insure them...
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