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Loading a kayak on to the roof of a car is not as difficult as many would assume. Several aids help make the task easier.

Step 1: Beach the kayak on a safe area.

Step 2: Remove all fishing gear and equipment from the kayak and store in your vehicle.

Step 3: Many kayak manufactures have loading wheels available to aid in moving kayaks. The wheels fit under the body of the kayak.

Step 4: Pull the kayak to your vehicle.

Step 5: Raise the bow or front of the kayak to the roof line of the car. Many will place a piece of old carpet on top of the car to protect the finish.

Step 6: Center the kayak on the roof rack. Manufactures have special roof racks available for most kayak models.

Step 7: Raise the stern or rear end of the kayak. The kayak should be slid forward on the roof rack.

Step 8: The kayak is now positioned on top of the vehicle.

Step 9: Tie down straps are used to secure the kayak to the roof rack. Several tie down straps are used in the middle and at both ends of the kayak to secure to the vehicle.

Step 10: The kayak is ready for the drive home from a successful fishing trip.

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