Do you love taking your kayak into the water to spend some quality time alone and fish? If yes, then you are in the right place. It is no secret that kayaks need to be maintained and cleaned well so that they remain durable, and here we are sharing some tips on how to store your kayak vertically so that it can last a long time.
How to Store Your Kayak Standing?
Storing a kayak might get a bit tricky. You need to learn the best way to place it before it costs you a lot of money. Let us get into its composition and background so that you have the necessary information that can help you store it perfectly. Generally, kayaks are made out of four main processes: composite, roto-modeling, blow-molding, and thermoforming.
Most people learn to store the kayak after they ruin their first. We don’t want you to go through that. Therefore, here we are covering some factors and ways that can cost you no money and less time and energy when figuring out the best way to store your kayak.
Finding the Right Place
If we are talking about the right place for your kayak, then it has to be indoors. The best way to store a kayak indoors is to place it vertically. If you have a garage, shed, or a small workshop in your house, then you can place your kayak in either of those places.
There are a couple of factors that you need to consider, such as temperature and moisture. The area where you are storing your kayak has to be moisture-free, and the place must be kept at the optimum temperature. Moreover, direct exposure to sun, rain, and snow can cause severe damage to your kayak. This will result in the degradation of plastic over time.
You can store it outside when you don’t have enough space inside your house. If that is your only option, then make sure that your chosen place is clean and moisture-free. Remove the cover, if any, from your kayak when storing it.
Building a Rack
If you have someplace indoors, then store your kayak vertically. The best way to do that is to stand your kayak in a rack. You can spend some money and buy a rack, or you can custom-build it according to your boat’s dimensions. The sole purpose of the rack is to provide support.
If you decide to go with the option of building your rack, then let us guide you through the process:
- The first step is to build a frame, and for that, you will need three things: 10 feet of one-inch PVC pipe, 4 PVC joints, and three one-inch PVC mounting clips. The goal is to create a rectangular frame of 1 feet by 4 feet. This frame will make sure that your kayak is safely placed vertically against the wall.
- The step mentioned above is followed by the assembly of joints. Use all the mentioned materials to form a rectangular frame.
- Carefully measure the distance between the centers of your scrapper holes. The distance can range from 9-13 inches.
- Now, grab two PVC pipes and easily mount it on the rack, maintaining the distance between two pipes.
- Now you have a kayak rack to yourself.
Ideally, the right place for a kayak is indoors, but upon following these steps, you can also build a perfect kayak rack for outdoors as well.
Standing on End
As emphasized above, the ideal way to place a kayak is vertical, which also means at its end. There are three ways to go about it:
- You can put it vertically by the wall
- You can maintain an appropriate angle with the support of an object
- The best way is to invest in a rack.
We have already walked you through each step that is involved in the making of the racks.
All you have to do is make sure that your kayak’s stern touches the ground, and its bow faces the ceiling. The other thing is to make sure that the cockpit of your kayak faces out. It is better to add some padding underneath. Even if you don’t have company-manufactured padding, don’t worry. You can easily put a couple of towels and cushions beneath it.
Remember these factors and carefully follow all these steps, and we are certain your kayak will remain safe.
Kayaks can be your door to nature; they offer a perfect opportunity to sit in peace and contemplate. But without proper care and maintenance, they won’t last for long. For this reason, it’s important that you store them correctly. Remember, prefer storing them indoors, but if that’s not possible, then make sure no moisture reaches them if they are stored outdoors.