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Winter Storage Plastic Sea Kayak

I now have a used plastic sea kayak 17' 3"; I'll use it a few more weeks and then its in winter storage until spring. In the summer it can live on pool noodles in the garage for quick access but in winter, I'm going to have to hang it somewhere so the wife can get her car in the garage. Options--

Outside but completely protected underneath our family room 5ft off the ground with no chance of water getting on it. I can put as many hangers as I can need from above. Like four with ropes with PVC and pool noodles supporting at four points.

In the garage hanging from the ceiling. It's 17' and the garage is 18' with lifting doors to the hangers can't go back about 5' from one end.

In the garage but on J hooks. But no walls are accessible so they'd have to get clamped to the two posts in the center of the garage at the 1/3rd and 2/3rds points.

Thoughts?

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  • Outside would be easiest.. Remove hatch covers.. Store upside down.. What you don't want is mice moving in and upside down helps a little. You just have to be able to examine it from time to time to make sure you have not acquired squatters.

  • They say the best is on it's side with straps near the bulkheads

  • Here's a quote from your owner's manual (available online at: http://www.phseakayaks.com/PHownersManual0408.pdf

    "o STORAGE - Whatever length of time you intend to store your kayak you should store it with good support. This definitely means not leaving your kayak sitting for any period of time on a set of narrow bars or beams, as it may acquire a “dent”. If hanging your kayak then straps (at least 2” (50mm) wide) should be used. Hang the kayak in the straps at points about one third in from each end [DO NOT HANG THE KAYAK BY THE TOGGLES].

    "Kayaks can also be stored on their side, on a soft flat base, with the hull towards a wall. They can be stored outside and upside down but should never be allowed to lie in water for long periods. When stored outside they should be checked on a monthly basis to ensure they are not attracting mould or some fungi.

    "Always ensure kayaks are stored with the inside dry."

  • My vote is outside.

  • All 3 would be totally acceptable.

  • Don't like the idea of leaving the hatch covers off. I live next to the woods and critters (mice, chipmucks, squirals, coons, mustkat, beaver, etc.) are everywhere. Would thoroughly drying, then hanging outside upside down, hatches and cockpit cover on, support at four points on foam be okay?

  • You can also use cloth or even window screens to cover the hatches, while letting air in and out but not critters. Cloth is easy, just get a length of bungee and tie it into a loop so that when stretched, it holds the cloth on. No need to do anything other than have a flat piece of cloth, though you can be more sophisticated if you want. I have read about window screen, but not tried it.

  • 4" webbing from eBay hatches in and shrink wrap or tarp 6 x 20

  • edited September 16

    Mine is a Grumman aluminum 17' at 75 lbs. Long wood screws onto fence + weather resistant ropes. I then thread ropes through insulation foam tubes, which were bought from plumbing department of Home Depot. Or use pool noodles. Then add weather resistant tape to strengthen foam tubes.

    For cold winter and plastic canoes, you may want to wrap tarp around. Spray UV protection solution 303 in summer.

  • edited September 16

    @PaddleDog52,

    Where did you get those support bracket frames? Your black plastic frame on right of the photo does not look like DIY. Thanks.

  • Traditionally it was felt that plastic kayaks should have the biggest weight impact in storage kinda on their sides. They are usually stronger there than on the deck or the hull. But I could name exceptions. Just make sure that whatever they are on is soft, not hard for example if straps pad the traps. That kind of thing.
    Hatch covers will be safest inside. Sometime over the winter treat them with 303.

  • @l2t said:
    Don't like the idea of leaving the hatch covers off. I live next to the woods and critters (mice, chipmucks, squirals, coons, mustkat, beaver, etc.) are everywhere. Would thoroughly drying, then hanging outside upside down, hatches and cockpit cover on, support at four points on foam be okay?

    No I understand but we have Valley covers and if left outside below zero they crack.. Mice do manage anyway to gnaw through my Sterilite containers. Last year they shredded three PFD's. It seems the more snug the space is the more they like it.

  • edited September 16

    @zzffnn said:
    @PaddleDog52,

    Where did you get those support bracket frames? Your black plastic frame on right of the photo does not look like DIY. Thanks.

    Home Depot saw horses two foam blocks. Notched blocks to fit over the horses. Tied to fence because it gets windy on the water.

  • SOTs above are upside-down in rack on 4" nylon webbing.

  • Added long feet on this because when I pull it out of water on the decking I put nose up and slide the 22' Libra XT 100 lb. Feet are 6' 2x6 so it doesn't tip them over from sliding.

  • edited September 16

    Low stand with 4" webbings

    Needs beach ball to prevent pooling water over cockpit.

  • One on foam blocks on a bench strapped or tied tight so it doesn't blow off.

  • Looking at the broad leaf plants in the last pic, I should emphasizes that I'm in New England where it gets well, below freezing. While It typically won't be in the single digits except during cold snaps, a really cold morning could be -8F.

  • Planting annuals then, or digging up tubers in fall. Hot plants for a cool climate.

  • I dig them all up wash and store in basement of my another house. All that canis and elephant ear bulbs. Fill my 8' pickup truck bed with a crown. Hundreds of them. Lots and lots of work. Every year I say last year.

  • I didn't dig mine up last fall and they rotted. I will this year.

  • Winter? What is that?

  • @string said:
    I didn't dig mine up last fall and they rotted. I will this year.

    If I forget a few they come back next year but most just rot. They just keep multipling. Only bought 10 of each years ago.

  • @Peter-CA said:
    Winter? What is that?

    That's when the snowbirds arrive. Oh, excuse me, "seasonals".

  • Thermoform's tough. I kept one Eddyline boat outdoors all winter, resting on a couple of well padded shelf brackets screwed into the side of my garage under the eave facing south. Hatch covers and cockpit cover on, deck facing the wall. Uncovered, but did put 303 on the hull late fall after it was washed and thoroughly dried. Kayak overwintered just fine and is now paddled by its new owner. That's where my Samba will winter, but the other two will have more posh accommodations at a community pool which offers kayak storage.

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