Convenient Kayak Storage
Slings, Free Standing and Wall Racks
Kayak storage is an important consideration when you’re buying a new boat: if storing your kayak is going to be a headache it’s going to put you off using it and if you don’t store it correctly you’re going to shorten its lifespan.
No matter how enthusiastic you are your kayak is going to spend less time in the water than out of it, so finding a good kayak storage solution is crucial. Ideally you don’t want to store your kayak on its hull as this forces the hull to take the full weight of the kayak and can lead to distortion that will affect performance. You also need to be careful that your kayak doesn’t get dented or deformed while in storage or being put into storage as these problems also affect performance and will eventually render your kayak useless.
Storing your kayak safely
Luckily there’s a range of products to choose from when it comes to kayak storage. Whatever storage system you use it’s got to be easy on your kayak and easy for you to use. Unless you’ve got a folding or inflatable kayak you’re going to require quite a bit of space. A garage is ideal and can be a great place for kayak racks.
You can either get free-standing racks that generally take two kayaks or wall mounted racks that can be stacked to store numerous kayaks. Kayaks racks store the boats at an angle taking the pressure off the hull. Look out for models with neoprene covers so that you don’t scratch your kayak as you put it in and take it out of the rack. A rack system should cost about $60.
Racks that hang from rafters are also available. This storage option has thick webbing straps with quick release buckles that can be attached to rafters or eye bolts. Most hanging systems can store up to three kayaks and cost about $60. A hanging storage solution can be a good option if you have a garage that just fits your car – and you still need the parking space. You can hook up a hanging system so that your kayak hangs just below the ceiling and above the car roof. A pulley and hoist system can be useful in getting the kayak up to ceiling level.
A cheaper kayak storage solution is to get some kayak slings. These hanging straps attach to a wall mount and have a support bar that holds the sling open making it easy to slip the bow of the kayak into the sling, taking its weight while you manoeuvre the stern into the second sling. A pair of kayak slings only costs about $40.