Whether you use your kayak regularly or just for one good summer outing with your friends, having the right accessories for the trip can provide a much more enjoyable experience. Depending on how you intend to use your kayak, whether you want to hit the white rapids or just fish flat waters, the accessories you will need may vary greatly. It also depends on the kayak itself. Is it a sit-on-top kayak or a sit-in kayak? Do you use it as a fishing kayak, an ocean kayak, or just a quiet recreational paddling kayak? From dry bags and kayak paddles to roof racks, life jackets, rudders, and extra comfy seats, we’ve outlined a list of every kayak accessory you will need to help your summer kayak excursions go smoothly.
A kayak carrier will save you tons of hassle and man power this year. The dolly-like design allows you to slide your kayak directly off the rack or trailer and onto the carrier so that you can roll it to the water to launch. This ABN Universal Kayak Carrier is made of anodized steel and can support a weight up to 200 pounds. The frame is padded with foam bumpers to prevent wear and tear on your kayak.
A 12-foot tie-down strap is included, which makes secure transport from your vehicle to the launch site easy. The knobby tires help create smooth passage across any terrain, including gravel and grassy areas. There is also a kickstand to use while loading and unloading for added security and stability. The carrier folds up for compact storage so you can easily load it up for all your summer trips. The carrier will work for your other sports equipment and accessories as well, which will definitely take the strain off your back and give you more time to enjoy the sunshine.
A floating dry bag is an absolute necessity when you’re out and about on your kayak. Because the risk of flipping is so high, you need to ensure that your valuables stay dry and secure. Marchway’s Floating Waterproof Dry Bag will do just that. The lightweight bag is made from ripstop tarpaulin and features welded seams that help ensure its waterproof nature for years to come. The bag floats for easy retrieval after a mishap or accident and features a shoulder strap for easy carrying that can double as a security strap to attach the bag to your kayak.
The bag comes in five different sizes, ranging from 5 liters to 40 liters and 12 different colors ranging from standard black to stylish bright colors that are easier to spot and retrieve. The smooth surface is easy to wipe clean after a long day of fun, which makes it perfect for holding all your personal items while on the water.
If you’ve ever flipped your kayak on the river and come up without a paddle, then you’ll appreciate the convenience of these paddle leashes. The adjustable cords can be made to range from 2 feet to 4 feet in length and the elastic material stretches another 2 feet for a total 6 feet in length. Each leash is equipped with a Velcro strap to attach it to the paddle pole, as well as a clip on the opposite end to secure it to your kayak. In addition to securing your paddle, you can use these to secure other equipment and accessories, like fishing poles and tackle boxes or your cooler.
This ultimate dry bag has compartments for every tool and accessory you may need while enjoying the water on your kayak. It features a waterproof dry compartment with a 16-quart capacity, as well as two holders for your fishing poles. The soft bag easily folds for storage or can be paired with an optional crate for a more rigid and sturdy bag while in use. You can utilize the bag’s tie down loops to secure it to your watercraft as well as the elastic retainers lining the outside of the bag to hold all of your fishing tools.
This bag can handle it all and can easily replace any tackle box. Storing all your supplies in one location is not only convenient when trying to maneuver around on your small watercraft, but it is much easier to ensure that you keep up with everything if you happen to flip your kayak.
If you’re out on the water for any amount of time, you know that having a good seat on your kayak can be the difference in having a good day and a bad day. Ralyox’s Kayak Seats are some of the best of the best, and this one features a high back and contoured padding for extra comfort and support, as well as an anti skid seat to help you stay in place on even the toughest rapids. The wide backrest also allows you to move and adjust to what’s comfortable for you. The marine-grade hooks and adjusting straps help hold the seat firmly into place. To set this seat apart, it also comes with a detachable seat bag that holds all of your personal items and stores away to allow you more wiggle room.
While an anchor trolley is probably one of the most overlooked accessories for kayaks, it may also be one of the most important, especially if you use your kayak for fishing or another sport where you need to stay stationary for a while. Unlike a simple anchor, Yak Gear Deluxe Anchor Trolley Kit allows you to plant your watercraft as well as adjust your orientation with a pulley system. By adjusting where your anchor is attached to your kayak, you can easily use the wind or current to turn your boat in the water. This will allow you to fish specific areas, enjoy a nice view, or keep an eye on the family, all while keeping you still.
The Yak Gear Deluxe Anchor Trolley Kit includes a full trolley system with Harken pulleys, as well as a zig zag cleat for stability. The 30-foot rope allows you to anchor virtually anywhere. You will also receive all the hardware and instructions you need to mount the system to your kayak.