Figuring out the best way to store your kayak isn’t exactly the most exciting part of this kayak fishing obsession. It is essential however to ensure that your kayak is securely stored and in good condition giving you years of enjoyment. If you’re like me and you live in an area that experiences all different weather and temperatures throughout the year, you know how important it is to make sure your kayak is stored safely and securely, normally with a kayak storage rack.
Being made out of plastic, kayaks are extremely durable and can take all kinds of abuse. Despite being able to take the abuse, plastic is really susceptible to changes in temperature. The best option for storing a kayak is in an indoor setting that is climate controlled. That may sound simple and straightforward, but many of us don’t have enough free space indoors to put a kayak without it being in the way. Luckily, kayak gear companies understand this and have developed some great products that allow us to store our kayaks safely and free up some space in the process.
No one wants to think about the fishing season coming to an end, but it’s a reality for most of us, especially in the Northeast. When the temperatures drop, it’s important that kayaks are stored properly. If you find yourself in a situation where you don’t have temperature-controlled storage, a kayak storage rack can offer a great solution for keeping your kayak off the ground in a safe and supported way. A kayak storage rack can come in different shapes, sizes, and approaches, each offering their own advantages and disadvantages.
Here are a few of the common kayak storage rack types and some key information about them.
Kayak Storage Rack: Kayak Rack Stands
Kayak rack stands are a simple and easy solution for storing kayaks in safe an organized fashion. Maybe you don’t want to mount a permanent fixture to the side of your house or garage, storage racks offer sturdy support on a stand-alone structure. Standalone kayak racks can range in price, typically the higher the price, the more kayaks or weight the stand can hold. These stands typically have arms extending out of them allowing you to store your kayak in different positions, sideways, upside down, or just right side up depending on the model.
You’ll want to consider the location and length of time that your kayak will be on the rack before deciding which orientation is best.
When storing a kayak for the winter in areas where the ground freezes and snow accumulates, it’s good practice to keep your kayak either upside down or right side up. This allows the weight of your kayak to be distributed evenly while also preventing snow build-up from putting undue pressure on one side of the hull. When frozen, the plastic that kayaks are made out of will usually remain strong but is still more brittle than in warmer weather. Knowing this, any and all steps should be taken to prevent additional pressure being put on your kayak.
A really nice tip for kayak rack stands is putting them on wheels.
This gives you the ability to move the kayak around whenever you need to without having to remove all of the kayaks first. This can really come in handy when your kayaks are kept in an area that you also work in, like a garage or basement.
Kayak Storage Rack: Wall Mounts
Similar to kayak rack stands, wall-mounted racks offer a similar level of support and convenience but are mounted to your wall or other fixture instead of having its own stand.
This is a great option for those who aren’t looking to add a larger structure to their garage or basement area but would rather just add some kayak cradles to their wall.
These mounts need to be fastened to a stud in the wall to make sure they have a hold strong enough to support the weight of a kayak. While this option is a very convenient one, it’s not recommended for some of the larger kayaks out there such as the Hobie Pro Angler which could potentially damage your wall due to its weight. There are some options such as the Boonedox Yak Rak that boast a 200-pound weight limit on their wall-mounted hooks, so just be sure to pay attention to the specifications before making a purchase.
Kayak Storage Rack: Ceiling Lift
For many folks, they have space in their garage but they don’t have space on the floor. This may sound silly but think about it, your cars take up the ground surface area of your garage, but above them is a ton of space. If you find yourself to be one of these people, you’re in luck because there’s an option for you.
Ceiling lifts use the joists of your ceiling to create mounting points and using a pulley, your kayak can be stored up off of the ground.
These systems are great because they typically leave enough clearance space to still park your vehicles below. This option also works wonderfully for kayaks that are larger as the pulley system also acts as a load assist making it easier to hoist your kayak towards the ceiling. Simply fasten the straps around the hull of your kayak and start pulling on the rope to raise the kayak up. Once the kayak is in place, use a cleat or other fastening point to ensure your kayak is locked in and won’t fall down and you’re good to go.
Be sure to distribute the weight of the kayak evenly between each strap to avoid warping. If you leave more weight on one side, that side will be more prone to warping or cracking under the pressure from the straps.
Regardless of which kayak storage rack you select, you’ll get the satisfaction of knowing that your kayak is stored safely and securely. On top of this, you’re protecting your investment while ensuring you’ll be able to enjoy your kayak for years to come!
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