I was lucky enough to spend most of last weekend paddling around in my kayak. To me, there’s nothing more peaceful than a beautiful sunny day on the water in the back areas and creeks off of the Magothy River in the Annapolis, Maryland area. While I was out enjoying my kayaking trip, I ran into a few people who did some extremely creative things to their kayaks.
Now, I’ve always been a big fan of customizing your kayak to fit your own needs, but these guys took kayak hacks the next level.
Best Kayak Hacks Summer
1. Velcro the small stuff
Velcro is nothing new to the boating world and world in general. However, over the weekend, I’ve seen some kayak experts do some pretty cool and creative things with Velcro.
As most paddlers agree, one of the most important things you must do before launching your kayak for the day is to organize your kayak accessories. When you organize your kayak, you will want to have your most used items closest to your body. Instead of packing your small gear in bags and storage areas, consider using Velcro to attach some of your most commonly used items underneath the inside of the cockpit.
For example, you can use Velcro to attach items like; sunscreen, lip balm, small tackle containers, and (what really impressed me) a bag of chips or snacks.
It’s hard to believe that in all of the years I’ve spent on a kayak, I never thought to use Velcro to fix snacks underneath the cockpit. Pure genius!
2. Use Dry Bags for Leg Pillows
There isn’t a whole lot of leg room inside of most kayaks and your legs will eventually start to feel uncomfortable. Consider placing a kayak dry bag underneath your knees and use it as a leg pillow for better comfort.
3. Pool Noodles
One of my favorite kayak accessories is my outriggers. Outriggers for kayaks help you maintain balance while fishing in areas where currents are stronger or have more boat traffic. Now, you can go the route of purchasing your own outriggers for kayaks, or you can DIY kayak outriggers using PVC pipe and pool noodles.
Pool noodles are great to keep around because they always seem to come in handy. For example, you can use pool noodles for other kayak hacks such as;
- Paddle flotation devices
- Hull protection (while beached)
- Roof rack cushions
- Kayak fenders
A single pool noodle on board your kayak can be used for any of the above-mentioned kayak hacks. So, the next time you take out your kayak, consider adding a pool noodle to your list of kayaking gear.
4. Use Training Wheels as a Kayak Cart
If you have an old bike or tricycle, you can use them as a kayak cart. Kayak carts are handy for transporting your heavy kayak from the roof rack of your car to the beach or boat launch. This DIY kayak cart can work wonders. All you have to do is take a piece of thin PVC pipe, attach each end of the training wheel to the end of the pipe, attach two small boat clips to the axel of the training wheels, and then tie a kayak bungee to the boat clip.
This type of kayak cart is nowhere near as good as a traditional kayak cart, but this kayak hack gets the job done.
5. Kayak Stands Made from PVC
If you are handy, you can make a DIY kayak stand from PVC pipe. This works well when you have multiple kayaks to store and it’s not all that difficult. If you want to preserve its life, you have to learn to take care of your kayak with proper maintenance and store it on a kayak stand or rack.
I know you might be thinking, “wait, don’t you guys sell kayak stands?” The answer is yes, we do sell kayak stands plus other awesome kayaking gear and accessories, but we care most about our readers enjoying the great outdoors.
Tell us about your favorite kayak hacks and we’ll gladly try them out and add them to this article.