In addition to our other interests, my family and I also enjoy sea kayaking on the lakes and rivers near our home. We also enjoy taking our kayaks on the road with us when we travel. We invested a couple years ago in a Yakima RackandRoll 78 trailer for the boats. Old photo below was taken during its initial construction. I will add a more recent photo with all of the kayak cradles, etc on it soon. I had mail-ordered the trailer, and it took a couple of hours to assemble it to this point.
The Yakima trailer has proven to be a great investment. It was not cheap, but it is very road worthy and light. The frame is made from aluminum and it uses larger tires than standard utility trailers. I think that the tires are a type of scooter tire, or maybe small motorcycle. It also has suspension with significant travel in the shocks, to ease its handling and limit bouncing/skittering. The trailer itself is basically a Yakima roof-rack on wheels, so all Yakima and Thule and other standard roof rack attachments fit right on. The trailer folds up for winter storage in the garage, and I am preparing to re-assemble it for spring kayak season this weekend.
We currently run three boats. My wife and son each have their own, and my daughter and I share a tandem until she is old enough to have her own also.
We are big fans of Hurricane brand Kayaks, like the one in the photo above. Two of our boats are currently Hurricane boats (a Tampico and a Tracer).
The tandem is a Necky Manitou II….works great but is heavy and only really easily maneuverable with a rudder. Photo above is taken by me from the rear cockpit of the Necky tandem.
This summer, we are going to build our own skin-on-frame kayak as a family project. A post on that soon.