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Kayak Carry Slings

This is an idea from Andy Sheppard and members of the CSKNet have been using them for nearly a decade.

A loaded kayak is heavy. If there are 3 or 4 in a group, the easiest way to move a kayak is by using lifting slings. Three people and one takes the bow and the other two use the sling. Four kayakers and 2 near each end. The load can be varied depending where the sling is placed and to suit those lifting. Why not just grab the cockpit rim or some such? Because it is hard to load-share that way across the kayak plus adding stress to the kayak. Note that the load sharing is across the kayak, not end for end. End for end is done by the placing of the slings fore and aft.

Slings are webbing and shops sell it but every car also has a few sets. Seat belts are not allowed to be reused if the car is wrecked so a shape knife on a wrecked car down at your nearest wreckers should provide a set or two (or more).

Either sew a loop just big enough to get your hand through or tie a knotted loop. Put your hand through the loop and grasp the sling. The loop puts most of the load on the back of the hand removing the need to be able to hold a handle tightly. You can make the sling long enough for lifting a double and shorten it with a knot or two for lifting singles.

The idea has been introduced/taken to North America a couple of years ago so if you see someone claiming to have patented it, you know where it really comes from.

KASK's aims are to:

1. Promote and encourage the sport of sea kayaking
2. Promote safety standards
3. Develop techniques and equipment
4. Deal with issues of coastal access and protection
5. Organise sea kayak forums around the country
6. Publish the Sea Canoeist Newsletter and the KASK Handbook