How to Lock Up a Kayak (The Best Way)

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If you are attaching your kayak to a mooring post, you will need a kayak locking cable. These cables are similar to the ones seen on bikes – a stainless steel braid with a waterproof vinyl coating and a lock built-in. This cable will thread through the kayak’s pad eyes and go around the mooring post, so make sure your locking cable is thin enough to fit through your kayak’s pad eyes and long enough to attach to the mooring post.

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If your kayak is on a car roof rack, you can still use a standard locking cable – wrap the cable around your kayak a few times, then shut the two ends of the cable in the boot door of the car.

A smaller kayak could also just be belted into the back seats of a car or left in the car’s boot – when left inside the car, you can at least then take advantage of the car’s existing locks and alarms.

Whatever you choose to do, disguise your kayak with a tarpaulin, coats, or other similar sheeting if you can.

To protect your kayak at home, you could keep it in a locked shed or garage where no-one passing by would notice it and it would be protected from the elements. Or, you could instead install a dedicated kayak rack to an inconspicuous area of an external wall and attach your kayak to it with a locking cable.

There is also the option of leaving the kayak in your garden with a tarpaulin over it, locked to a tree or other post, again, with a locking cable.

As well, you can fit a car’s steering wheel lock to a kayak’s cockpit, which would prevent a person from accessing the provisions inside your kayak.

These locks are often alarmed and they make it known by a flashing LED, which would usually prevent anyone from trying to lift your kayak. This makes this type of lock ideal for a large kayak that really must be left on a car rack or outdoors, but not ideal for when you’re on a long journey and trying to travel light – a lock like will take up a lot of space inside a kayak or may not even fit.

These locks also may not fit a kayak as well as a dedicated kayak lock.

Other things to consider are fitting your kayak with a GPS tracker and finding out if it has a license number or locating its hull identification number in case it does get stolen.

A kayak’s Hull Identification Number is usually somewhere near the front of the boat, etched into it’s outer shell on the day it was manufactured.

In general, when not in use you should keep your kayak inconspicuous and render it difficult to move quietly and quickly to prevent theft.

An area with CCTV is also preferable and you should consider leaving your kayak in a more built-up area with lots of people around if this is possible.