How To Store Kayaks

Need to know how to store kayaks? One thing about small watercrafts is that you have to store your kayaks, jet skis and other items when not in use. One of the easiest to store is the kayak. By nature they are light weight, smaller than most and can be stored anywhere you need to keep them out of the way. There is, however, one very important thing to remember when storing these small watercrafts: you must keep stress off the planing area. Because of kayaks being built for light carry and maneuverability, the planing area, or bottom boat area, is constructed of a thin material. Causing stress to this area will disrupt the movement of the water as you glide on the surface.

  1. Store it vertically. The best way to relive the stress on the hull of the boat is to stand it vertically with the planing area against the wall and the kayak standing on its stern, or the rear of the boat. Do not stand it outside in the sun; this will cause the kayak to dry out and crack. It is best if in a garage, with a rack built to keep the kayak from falling side to side.
  2. Laying it down. If you cannot stand your craft, the next best way to store this beautiful ride is on its side. While not as healthy for it as when standing, you should store your kayak once again with the planing area to the wall or whatever support you're using. Remember, this is not a shelf. You can do irreparable damage to your craft by trying to store anything on top of it.
  3. On its top. The only other acceptable way to store your kayak is on its top, or cockpit down. If you have have no other way to do it, then this will do. It will still cause more stress to the surface of the kayak than either standing it up or laying it on its side, but it will do in a pinch.

There are many types of storage racks you can purchase, but they may not be the healthiest. A hoist makes the planing surface hang. Imagine if it were made of rubber. It would fall out of most of these racks, slipping though the center. Hanging the kayak is never a good idea. It would be good to get a cover for your craft, however. It will protect the outer surface of the kayak until you're able to enjoy the river with it once more.

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