I had been adding more and more gear to my crabbing hobby over the years and I am proud to say that everything still fits into my small sedan. This was not always the case though. When I began this hobby, I did not know how to pack my car properly leading to many of my crabbing gear pouring into the back seat. I had only been able to take me and one other guest every time I went crabbing. However, with careful maneuvering of the crabbing gear, I manage to stash everything away in the trunk and now I can take me and three other friends each time we go crabbing.
My crabbing Vehicle
I drive a 2001 Honda Accord. This car has been with me through thick and thin with over 200 clicks on it. i should be trading in this car soon but until then, this is my method of transportation to and from the Barnet Marine Park. The trunk space is not overly spacious. At the beginning of my crabbing hobby, I couldn’t fit everything in to the trunk but now this small space will contain my inflatable boat to the blue bucket and everything else that I may require to go crabbing.
The Crabbing Gear
Above is my gear stacked on the small dolly I use to move everything from the car to the beach. The dolly has been a key factor in maintaining this hobby. Without the dolly, I would have to go three to four trips hauling everything to and from the beach. This will be the second dolly that I have owned. I made the mistake of getting salt water onto the first dolly. Slowly, the salt corroded the metal on the wheels and damaged the dolly beyond repair. Now, after every crabbing trip, I hose down the dolly washing away any and all of the salt that may have hitch hiked its way from the beach.
The blue bin has also been a key factor as well. Every small item gets stored in that bin such as my battery, battery box, 4 life jackets and other small parts. Everything gets taken onto the boat except the dolly and the blue bin which I often times store away at the beach. I am not concerned about theft due to the fact that I never store any valuables in the bin.
After a nice long day of crabbing, the last part is to gather all of my gear. Deflating the boat takes about 15 minutes. During this time, either me or a friend would begin packing everything onto the dolly. Once the boat is deflated, we push the dolly up a small hill where the parking lot is. I begin placing everything in a strategic position and manage to get everything into the trunk leaving plenty of space for up to 3 people in the back seat along with me and one more person in the passenger side. Below are a few pics of me packing everything into my Honda Accord.