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Topic: How do you store and transport you PA14?  (Read 1332 times)

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For all of you PA owners, how do you store and transport you PA?

I was just told by hobie that storing and transporting my PA14 on pvc pipes is a bad idea. I've read multiple forums and this is how some people store and transport their yak. I'm not sure which is the proper way? I transported my PA twice just on the back of my truck with no pvc pipes before and my bottom hull was flat on certain areas. I have not seen any flat spots since I've been transporting and storing on pvc pipes.

Any suggestions is greatly appreciated!


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On a trailer with pipe/skid supports in the appropriate places as it weighs two tons, give or take 3 pounds. ;-)
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Space the pipes the right distance and you won't have any problems.


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PVC is the way to go,if the pipes are of adequate size it should support and have enough give that it doesnít leave any dents.i stored and tranported a 14-12í and it never had any issues
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Space the pipes the right distance and you won't have any problems.

That's pretty much how I store it. I have 2.5 pvc pipes on wrestling mats and the PA sits on it along the skupper lines. I use a 3 inch pvc pipe when transporting it as it clears my truck bed better.

Why would hobie say it's not ok? It seems like a lot of people store and transport the PA this way.

Yes I know, it's a heavy kayak.


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My 14 lives on a trailer on PVC bunks if you only attach the two ends of the pvc it will conform to the contour of the hull no dents or dings on mine yet also never leave it strapped down tight except during transport.


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Hobie probably has to say that publicly due to lawyers.

After seeing lots of guys using the pvc method, I've always wondered...why not just spend a couple extra bucks and get real carpeted trailer bunks?! I mean, we're talking about a significant investment, so why go cheap on the transportation/storage method? It would be smoother to load/unload, produce less scratches, and distribute the weight better.
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One of these might do the trick for that barge!  :smt008
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After seeing lots of guys using the pvc method, I've always wondered...why not just spend a couple extra bucks and get real carpeted trailer bunks?!

Iíve got an AI, not a PA, but I think pvc is a better choice as it conforms to the hull shape. Itís also easy peasy to slide the kayak on and off, and scratching is a non-issue.
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Thanks fellas. I've been storing and transporting my yak like this for almost a year now. I have not seen any issues (knock on wood).


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I built a small wood frame and attached two 6í lengths of PVC and glued carpet to them.  When I take the boat off the trailer I take the wood frame/PVC rack into the garage and store the boat on it.  Been working pretty good for two years. 


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I transport my PA14 in the bed of my Ford Ranger (under the snuptop roof).  I did drop a sheet of 4x6 plywood I covered on one side with padding and outdoor carpet.  Now, my PA slides right in and won't scratch or dent.  I tied down via the rear scupper holes and two brackets I mounted to the inside bed rail.  It looks a bit ridiculous, but is well balanced and I drive it to the ocean three to fives days a week.  Bought is in San Diego and drive it to NorCal as my first trip.  No problems. 

I load and unload using the foam wheels mounted on the middle/balanced scupper holes. 


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My 14 lives on a trailer on PVC bunks if you only attach the two ends of the pvc it will conform to the contour of the hull no dents or dings on mine yet also never leave it strapped down tight except during transport.

Exactly!
I've stored my PA14 on my PVC bunks now for 6+ years without any detriment to the kayak.  I attached indoor/outdoor carpeting to the PVC bunks to keep abrasion down though.  I glued it on with an upholstery spray glue. 
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After seeing lots of guys using the pvc method, I've always wondered...why not just spend a couple extra bucks and get real carpeted trailer bunks?! I mean, we're talking about a significant investment, so why go cheap on the transportation/storage method? It would be smoother to load/unload, produce less scratches, and distribute the weight better.
If you cover anything on your trailer with carpet, you'll get more attention from invasive aquatic species inspectors, because mussel larva and plants can hitchhike and survive longer in the carpet.  Attention from aquatic species inspectors is bad.  But what is really bad is that you might transport invasive species in carpet on your trailer.  So don't do it.


 

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