by Andrea Elizabeth
It has taken us a week to get our two Hobie Revolution 13 kayaks into the water. After youtube research, George decided on the pvc runner pipe method of hauling. We placed four pvc pipes parallel to each other longways in our flatbed trailer for the boats to fit along their bottom grooves. This required two removable 2×4’s running perpendicular to the pipes, and placed along and in the trailer rails to support the front and the back of the pipes and boats. We figured bungee chords around the boats and the supports would secure them.
Not so. Monday evening we did a trial run to our neighborhood Walmart to get supplies before heading to the lake. The boats bounced like they were on a trampoline, with one coming out of its cradle to cuddle up alongside the other one. We had brought some ratchet straps just in case and secured them a little better, but still they bounced too much. That same one dislodged again, so we just went back home. George spent the next three evenings watching more youtubes on strapping, and making another 2×4 support under the middle, and buying cam straps which aren’t too tight or too loose like ratchets and bungees are. We also learned you have to secure them in four places to keep them from going forward, back, bow up or stern up. This required the installation of 8 metal loops into the floor of the flatbed. Whew. Last night we were finally ready to try again.
It worked! The boats stayed secure for the 15 mile trek to the boat ramp at Hunter Park on Lake Granbury. George met us there after he got off work, after the girls and I hooked up the trailer and made it to the lake with our life vests, towing wheel set, paddles, peddles, and adjustable supportive seats. This trip was mainly to see if we girls could handle getting them in the water and us in the boats securely. We did! We parked in the extra long spot at the ramp, installed all the gear, including the wheels, and pulled one boat at a time to the water where we took out the wheels, put in the peddles and put the rudder in the down position where the water was deep enough for them not to rub. Then the girls got in each boat and they were off! They raced each other for about an hour till George arrived, and he and I had our turn exploring towards the mouth of the Brazos River.
The ramp was busier than I expected with jet skis and other motor boats though, which was fun for making waves, but a little scary to avoid. I found a website that lists all public ramps, so I’ll be trying them out later.
About technology. I wonder what you call person who likes sophisticated, genius engineering to maximize human efficiency so that output far exceeds input? Meaning for each easy stroke, you go really fast and travel really far, but without loud, obnoxious combustion engines, and while burning personal calories in a very motivating way. Hobies are unlike traditional paddle boats that have a square, inefficient design where work is less than result and you get tired without going very far. I’m much more motivated to get tired while the scenery changes pretty quickly.