Canoe and Kayak Rack
Give your canoes and kayaks some VIP treatment. Get them off the dock and into a custom storage stand.
A couple of rickety old sawhorses. That’s what passes for a winter storage system for my canoe. And during canoe season, I just park it upside down on the beach. I didn’t invest a lot in that canoe—in fact, I don’t even like it much—so I don’t lose sleep over UV deterioration, or weather damage to the thwarts, or even a limb falling on it. Certainly, a better model— the kind that many cottage folks have— should be better protected. It’s the owners of those boats who have been asking us to feature a storage-system project for canoes and kayaks.
The design and engineering challenges for this project were many. We wanted it to store four individual crafts, whether canoes, kayaks, sailboards, or even rowing shells. It should be stable on sloped cottage waterfront, as well as provide the boats a basic measure of security and a roof for some protection from sun, weather, and tree debris. Before you build, give some thought to the sizes of boats in your flotilla: You can easily modify the overall length of the rack or the position of the cross-arms to suit.
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