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  • Bought a kayak, need recommendations on everything else!

     FishMaster updated 11 months, 3 weeks ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • FishMaster

    December 14, 2019 at 3:38 am

    So, I bought a Jackson Big Tuna on a bit of an impulse buy yesterday. I’ve been looking at it for awhile, but finally pulled the trigger with the 2019 clearance prices. (I went with the Big Tuna because I’m a fairly tall guy and will also probably take my kids fishing on occasion) The problem is, I have no idea what I’m getting in to. I don’t even have a way to get it home yet. I have a GMC Yukon, but it just has the luggage rack. I figure I also need one of those trolleys, paddles, and probably quite a bit more that I haven’t considered.

    I will be loading this kayak by myself most of the time. Can anyone recommend a specific roof rack (is that the right terminology?) that will assist and self-loading? How about a trolley? I’m not even sure if that’s what they’re called. Ha. I mean those things so I don’t have to drag it through the woods. And what type of paddle? Are they different lengths?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!! Also, sorry for being completely ignorant on all of this!


    Edit: Also, any recommendations for some sort of rack to keep in garage? Thanks!!

  • wild_bill_bradski

    December 14, 2019 at 3:38 am

    Congrats on your purchase. I love my big tuna. Can’t help with the roof rack because I have a truck. But if you could fit some of the kayak in the trunk and use a trailer hitch extender then you could avoid lifting that heavy kayak overhead.

    2nd on the longest paddle, that kayak is wide. I also bought a used paddle board paddle because this kayak is extremely stable to stand in.

    For a cart I use this, [](

    Make sure you get a PFD as well.

  • terpcloudsurfer

    December 14, 2019 at 3:38 am

    Definitely get the longest paddle you can find (250cm). I love my Carlisle Predator but I don’t push brands on other people. I haven’t found a trolley I like yet, hopefully you’ll get some good pointers there that I can mooch off of. That’s a big yak but it weighs the same as my 128T so I don’t envy you having to put it on top of your Yukon.

  • stopbeingadumbass

    December 14, 2019 at 3:38 am

    Common parlance is to call it a “cart”. I’ve used a C-tug for the past 6-7 years and really like it. Getting a big boat on top of your car will get old fast. If you really want something that will assist, you’re looking for a Thule Hullavator (expensive) but I’m not up on all the latest racks either.

  • leprechaun16

    December 14, 2019 at 3:38 am

    Ctug is a good cart. You might need a 250cm paddle. Depends how high you are above water. Go to a local paddle shop and try some out sitting in your boat. I like the Werner fiberglass paddles.

    Good job purchasing a kayak and not a hunk of plastic! Enjoy!

  • doornoob

    December 14, 2019 at 3:38 am

    I load a 80# kayak on a Crosstrek solo. The trick is to lean it against the car on the rail and lift and slide it so it is perpendicular to the vehicle. Then pivot and get it in proper position. Youtube is your friend- tons of gopropros with tutorials.
    Ratchet straps are your best bet for tie downs. I was at a launch a few months ago and there was a guy using bungie cords. I keep an extra strap in my car, which he declined because the bungie cords have worked all season. I left before him because I didn’t want come up on what ever disaster he was going to cause.

    I use J hooks for hanging my kayaks. Pretty inexpensive, easy to install and easy get the boat in. During the “active season” it lives on a set of saw horses behind my house, just easier to get to.

    Don’t buy a paddle online. Find a paddle shop and talk to them about it. They’ll know more than you think there is to know. Be honest about the budget. If it’s a $100 there aren’t a lot of choices but spend a bit more and weight and comfort will change dramatically.

    If your truck has roof rails just add some cross bars. Yakama if you want to spend the money, thule if you don’t, I think it’s all the same.

    Tight lines. Welcome to the obsession.

  • mp2146

    December 14, 2019 at 3:38 am

    Spend a lot on your paddle. More expensive paddles are lighter and that makes a huge difference in comfort on the water. Aqua Bound, Werner, Bending Branches are all good brands. And like the others said, get as long of one as possible.

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