Bringing a boat

nhlakes

Active Member
Oct 15, 2011
707
DE and NH
With the Aliner I often carry a 10' fishing Kayak in the bed of my truck. It works very well for one person and keeps things very simple. Very easy to load/unload. The days of putting stuff on rooftops are gone for my back. The 10' kayak fits in the bed of my truck with the tailgate down, so it requires a longer than usual drawbar for the Aliner. https://nativewatercraft.com/product/slayer-propel-10/

If we wind up buying the larger camper we're considering I will not be able to use an extended drawbar (due to much greater tongue weight) and leave the tailgate down, so I suspect I'll pick up a one or two of these origami style folding kayaks that could fit easily in the back of the truck. I've heard good things about these. https://www.orukayak.com/

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Update from 6 days later..... I noticed the annual 20% REI discount was available and went looking at the OruKayak, decided two of these were just too pricey so opted for a tandem inflatable with good reviews. Looking forward to the snow melting to check it out.
https://www.rei.com/product/736947/...ncedframe-convertible-tandem-inflatable-kayak
 
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penny

Super Active Member
Nov 9, 2017
766
Just a thought, I have a sea eagle 330 that is a ton of fun. stable and tough as nails, just not as quick as a hard kayak. I'd sell it for a fair price.
 

myride

Super Active Member
Gold Supporting Member
May 14, 2015
1,263
Edmonton, AB
Just a thought, I have a sea eagle 330 that is a ton of fun. stable and tough as nails, just not as quick as a hard kayak. I'd sell it for a fair price.

Looks a lot like our lntex Excursion, that's what we went with. Easy to pack...tons of fun.
 

DanLee

Active Member
Apr 28, 2015
103
Virginia
We often haul a 17' canoe on top of our Forester on our trips. I have a couple of lightweights, a 60 lb Grumman and a 55 lb Novacraft which are easily handled even by my 70-year-old body. I prefer canoes to johnboats for paddling.
 

nineoaks2004

Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday
Oct 15, 2006
8,241
Dukes, Fl
I could not carry my 12' canoe or fishing yak in the bed of my truck and tow the TT. I went to HF and bought a ladder rack, the rack carries 200 lbs and my canoe and yak weigh about 50 lbs.
this works great for me I just lash which ever one I want to take, the brackets screw into the side of the bed and the upper parts drop into these brackets, I also drilled a hole in each bracket and insert a pin thru this for safety. I did have to move my tool box forward but that works great as I drop my camping table and pet fences between the tool box and the cab. has worked great so far.
 

Sjm9911

Super Active Member
May 31, 2018
11,730
Nj
I have this https://www.google.com/shopping/pro...&ved=0ahUKEwiWsYCczebcAhVJGt8KHXhEBGUQgTYIoAQ
Yes it's not fast, it's not supper cool , but for a cheap way to get on the water to relax , it worked. Mine is 10 years old and still doing fine. It's been, in lakes , the Hudson, the ocean and inlets as well as bays. So it held up way better then I thought. This one has the cheaper seats, they work for me , but they do have a better model for not much more.
 

nhlakes

Active Member
Oct 15, 2011
707
DE and NH
With the Aliner I often carry a 10' fishing Kayak in the bed of my truck. It works very well for one person and keeps things very simple. Very easy to load/unload. The days of putting stuff on rooftops are gone for my back. The 10' kayak fits in the bed of my truck with the tailgate down, so it requires a longer than usual drawbar for the Aliner. https://nativewatercraft.com/product/slayer-propel-10/

If we wind up buying the larger camper we're considering I will not be able to use an extended drawbar (due to much greater tongue weight) and leave the tailgate down, so I suspect I'll pick up a one or two of these origami style folding kayaks that could fit easily in the back of the truck. I've heard good things about these. https://www.orukayak.com/

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Update from 6 days later..... I noticed the annual 20% REI discount was available and went looking at the OruKayak, decided two of these were just too pricey so opted for a tandem inflatable with good reviews. Looking forward to the snow melting to check it out.
https://www.rei.com/product/736947/...ncedframe-convertible-tandem-inflatable-kayak

Just a update to the above - we have used the tandem inflatable kayak above and love it! We use a 12v pump to get it 90% inflated and finished it off with a hand pump with built-in pressure gauge. Works great with 2 people! And easy to store in the back of the covered bed of the truck.
 

Pnut

Member
Jul 8, 2018
82
NE Georgia
Here is a great way to carry a boat on your pup, and it doesn't put any weight on the roof.
He has a lot of pictures of how he made it and how it loads on his flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/with/5707818178/
5707252465_1f5d18e714_b.jpg
 

Pnut

Member
Jul 8, 2018
82
NE Georgia
The guy that made the rack has a write up on it on another site that tells more about it. I think he said it only takes about 10 minutes to set up or take down.
 

DiamondGirl

Adventures with KODI in AZ
Jul 2, 2016
1,335
AZ
I’m looking at boats for camping trips that are light and easy to transport. I listed them from lowest to highest priced:
  • Sevylor Fish Hunter 360
  • A Sun Dolphin Sportsman 8’
  • AQUOS PF380. The AQUOS PF380 provides enough room for two, has a casting deck, and is easy to transport
  • Porta Bote 8’, 10’, 12’ or 14’
  • Quickboat Adventurer 3.7
Still researching our options.

Happy Camping...[ALPU][PUT]
 

Lfamily

Active Member
Aug 12, 2018
156
Siler City, NC
We went with the Intex Excursion 5 person inflatable for fishing on several lakes in the area. Dh is putting in a plywood bottom for stability and we got the trolling motor mount.
 

PaThacker

Super Active Member
Feb 11, 2010
1,493
Poconos
I bring a 16ft Bell Chestnut Prospector RX Canoe. I carry it on roof of tow vehicle. Most user friendly solo or with kids boat to cover everything from lakes, bogs, rivers, and if brave unlimited HP big water.
 

BillyMc

Super Active Member
Mar 25, 2018
2,466
South Carolina
Here is a great way to carry a boat on your pup, and it doesn't put any weight on the roof.
He has a lot of pictures of how he made it and how it loads on his flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/with/5707818178/
5707252465_1f5d18e714_b.jpg
Planning to modify a pipe rack and add wheels to jonboat to carry on top of TV much like this. I don't want to have to unload boat before setting up the camper. Some multi-leg trips will have no need for a boat at certain stop, but can be used at others.
 

hayyward

Active Member
Sep 16, 2006
297
Packerland
Planning to modify a pipe rack and add wheels to jonboat to carry on top of TV much like this. I don't want to have to unload boat before setting up the camper. Some multi-leg trips will have no need for a boat at certain stop, but can be used at others.

BillyMc, Please share pics when you do this project.
 

Camper054

Active Member
Jul 23, 2019
313
Indiana
I’ve recently been toying with getting something like this Intex Excursion 4 or maybe the heavier duty Mariner 4. Then pair it with their motor mount and you have a full-fledged motor boat for under $150. I figured it would be easy to haul either deflated in the TV or inflated on top of either the TV or pup (upside down over the A/C). There is a review on amazon where a guy even fitted a plywood floor in his and installed swiveling bass boat seats.

https://www.amazon.com/Intex-Excurs...rd_wg=A2jIS&psc=1&refRID=V0T8PTZDWZRJ7RQ7EESH

https://www.amazon.com/Intex-Motor-...515943653&sr=1-13&keywords=intex+challenger+3

I have the Intex Challenger K1 kayak and have been very pleased with it. It’s actually pretty tough, so I think this boat should hold up well, relative to its price at least.
Hello,
I know it's been a while since you wrote this. I am wondering did you buy and use it? I am toying with the same boat and looking through the posts here and found your post. Would appreciate if you share your thoughts.
Thanks!
 

GandD

Member
Jul 29, 2019
31
Idaho
Hello,
I know it's been a while since you wrote this. I am wondering did you buy and use it? I am toying with the same boat and looking through the posts here and found your post. Would appreciate if you share your thoughts.
Thanks!

I am not the original poster, but we own the mariner 4 and attached a trolling motor to it. We take it around to smaller lakes in our area. We feel it was worth it. My family of 4 use it a few times a year and we have owned it for 5 years now. We have to register it in our state since it has a trolling motor. We chose the mariner 4 because it was made of thicker material.

Last year we bought a couple of intex inflatable k2s (kayaks) because our 2 boys are now 13 and 14 and wanted their own "boat". So my husband and I are in the mariner 4 and the boys are in their inflatable kayaks.
It is a fun way to get on a lake while camping. There are youtube reviews for the rafts that give you a good look at them in action.
 

Camper054

Active Member
Jul 23, 2019
313
Indiana
@GandD , thank you SO MUCH for your comments. Really helpful. I am looking at the Mariner 5 and I am hoping both 4 and 5 are the same material as you mentioned 4 is thicker. Do you think 5's material is not as thick? And, also thanks for the Youtube idea, I saw few reviews and mods and a lot of comments that these boats really need a hard floor to be useful. So, I would be doing it as well. Again thanks so much for taking time to reply with your comments. You are giving me hopes! :).

All the best!
 




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