Keeping your kayak stored safely is usually done so by keeping it in a garage. Many times the kayak is often shoved to the side or leaned against a wall in the corner. This is not only unsafe it could also damage the kayak. Instead of simply placing your kayak wherever it fits in your garage, have a look at these four easy ways to store your kayak in your garage.
1. Using a Rack
If you have plenty of space in your garage and have multiple kayaks to store, building a rack is a great option. The use of a rack will allow for your kayaks to be stored upright.
In order to build a simple and cheap kayak rack, you will need to gather the following tools and supplies:
10 ft. of 1 inch PVC Pipe (this amount of PVC pipe will create a 2ft x 4ft rectangle frame. If you need more space, increase the length of the PVC pipe.)
4 PVC Pipe joints
To build the kayak rack, follow these simple instructions:
Measure the length and width you will need to store all your kayaks.
Using the saw, cut the PVC pipe to the appropriate lengths.
Connect the frame using the four PVC pipe joints.
Using the mounting brackets, affix the frame to your garage wall. At least five feet off the ground is a good place to start.
Place your kayak into the frame by putting the bow inside the bottom of the rack.
Ensure your kayak is secure by placing the stern onto the ground or bottom of the frame.
2. Overhead Suspension System
Often times, using an overhead suspension system is an easy and popular way to store kayaks. This is a great option for those who have little space available in their garage or have multiple kayaks.
To build an overhead suspension system, you will need:
4 threaded eye bolts
2 Cambuckle tie-down straps
This method is not only efficient, it is simple to build. In order to assemble the overhead suspension system, follow these simple steps:
Measure the length between the bulkheads as well as the width of the kayaks.
Screw in each of the eyebolts in the corners.
Hook your straps in on one side. Wrap around the kayak.
Ensure the straps are centered so the boat does not bow in the middle because that is the heaviest part.
For further assistance in assembling this overhead suspension system, refer to the video below.
3. Upright Storage
For those with very limited wall space and only one or two kayaks, upright storage is an excellent choice. Building an upright storage for your kayaks is easy and cheap.
This upright storage system can be assembled by gathering the following:
2 pieces of treated 2x4 (measured to be a little wider than your kayak)
4 galvanized pipes
4 18 inch threaded pipes
4 Rubber Caps
One Pool Noodle
2 pieces of Rubber Kayak Roof Top
Oil Pans with non-slip rubber on the bottom
4 Eye bolts
2 suspension cords
To complete this upright system, follow these simple instructions:
Screw the galvanized pipes onto the 2x4
Screw in the threaded pipes.
Cut the pool noodle to the appropriate length and place on top of the threaded popes.
Add the rubber caps.
Screw the 2x4 onto the wall at the appropriate heights.
Screw the eyebolts into the wall at the correct widths.
Add some of the foam rubber into the oil pan.
Place the kayak into the oil pan and make sure it is in place between the rack.
Take the suspension cords around the middle of the kayak and secure to the eyebolts.
For a complete tutorial, please take a look at the video below.
4. Talic Sling Set
A Talic Sling Set is a professional way to store a kayak. It allows for your kayak to be stored horizontally by being mounted on a wall. This system keeps your kayak off the ground and secured while it is being stored. If you have a sit on top kayak, this method of storage is great as the straps will expand up to 60 inches.
While the Talic Sling Set is an easy and quick method of storage, it can only store kayaks that weigh up to 100 pounds.
To install the Talic Sling Set, you will need:
Two stainless steel screws
For installation, follow these simple steps:
Measure the height you would like the Talic Sling Set to be mounted.
Drill a hole at this measurement for each of the brackets.
Take the screw through the bracket and screw it into the hole.
Repeat for the second bracket.
Once both brackets are mounted, keep one loop open and one loop closed.
Place your kayak inside the closed strap.
Open the other strap and finish mounting your kayak by placing it inside and buckling the loop around the kayak.
Ensure the kayak is centered and balanced.
For further assistance, watch the video below.
Additional tips for storing a kayak include:
Making sure to control the temperature of the storage area.
Keep the kayak away from direct sunlight. Wrap it with a tarp and store in a cool, dry place.
No matter which way you store the kayak, make sure it is balanced. Unbalanced kayaks can become dented or damaged.
Ensure that you have covered the cockpit to prevent any unwanted critters (mice, or insects) from making a home there. This is especially important for long term storage.
Unload any loose gear, leave your hatch straps slack, and remove any hatch coverings that are soft.
Check on your kayak from time to time while it is stored. Make sure that it hasn’t slipped or sagged and that the integrity of any systems you have used to store the kayak has held up.
Once you have found an easy and cheap method for storing your kayak safely, you will never go back to leaving your kayak on the floor of your garage. Keep in mind the additional tips for kayak storage and you will find that storing your kayak in your garage is not only easy and efficient, but it will keep your kayak safe for the upcoming season.
Further Reading: How to Store a Kayak Outside?