Boat Safety 101: Key Items to Have When on the Water
A boat safety kit is a must-have on any vessel. Be prepared for inspection by packing these equipment essentials for every water adventure.
Stand Up Paddleboard Safety Tips
Weather and strong currents aren’t the only elements to be mindful of during a SUP adventure. Better prepare for your time on the water with these tips.
How to Launch a Kayak
When you’re ready for a day of kayaking, you want the smoothest entry into the water. These beginner tips can help to make launching your kayak a breeze.
Learn More About Boat Racks
Boat Racks Provide Easy Transportation
At DICK'S Sporting Goods, you'll find a variety of kayak and canoe racks, trailers, crossbar systems, cargo boxes and accessories from top brands such as Thule, Yakima, Malone and more. Whether you're carrying kayaks, canoes, stand up paddle boards or surfboards, DICK'S has a transportation option that will work for you.
Shop a selection of racks and crossbar systems, that allow you to carry anything from a single kayak to multiple paddle boards. Whether you're looking for a simple solution or a permanent long-term system for your vehicle, DICK'S offers options ranging from protective pads, foam blocks, trailers and cross-functional racks.
Check out the variety of boat rack accessories, available for transporting all of your paddle sports gear. Canoe and kayak carts are ideal for carrying equipment from your vehicle to the water. A selection of tie-downs and straps ensure your gear stays secure while driving, while cable locks are perfect for keeping your investment safe.
Consider how many kayaks, stand up paddleboards or surfboards you will be carrying and look for a rack that offers the capacity that you need. Folding or inflatable racks can be a convenient option for those looking for a solution that's easy to remove when not in use. Some adjustable racks allow you to carry two kayaks, but can be modified to carry only one kayak or even an over-sized kayak.
Racks designed for surfboards or paddle boards are designed to protect your board during transport. Some include padding for stacking and carrying multiple boards without damage.
Carefully check product descriptions to determine all of the components necessary for the system you wish to purchase. Many cross bars are designed to attach to existing, factory-installed rails, while other transport systems do not require pre-installed hardware and can be used on a bare roof. Make sure you have all the parts you need to successfully transport your equipment.
Consider adding a cargo box or bag for storage when you're not carrying your kayak or paddleboard on your roof. A cargo bag adds valuable space to carry extra gear and doesn't require a roof rack. When not in use, you can fold it flat or use it as a regular gear bag. A cargo box has the added benefit of weather-resistant protection and can offer great storage capacity than a bag. Ensure that the box or bag you select will fit all of the gear you need to carry.
Check out the selection of Boat Rack Accessories and Locks to ensure you have everything you need for your trip. Cables, ratcheting systems, fairings, padding and more are designed to work with existing systems to add security and optimize performance. Locks are essential if you will be leaving your gear on top of your car overnight.