DIY Tips: Kayak Storage Rack

Kayaks are not the easiest items to store and every angler should have a way to properly store them. If not properly stored, the potential damage to your kayak can significantly reduce its shelf life. Below are very simple instructions for the very simple rack I built for my Wilderness Systems ATAK 120.

Items you will need:

  1. Two 3″ x 10″ PVC40 ($12.62 each)
  2. One small box of hex screws ($4.68 per box)
  3. Four 3″ Galvanized steel angles ($1.17 each)
  4. Twenty (I got extras) 1.5″ Galvanized steel angles ($0.52 each)
  5. Four 8 foot 2×10’s ($6.50 each)

Total cost $79.94

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Step 1:

The planks you choose will depend on how large you want the rack and what kayak you own, so keep that in mind. I chose the 8 foot planks since I wanted a little more room. My ATAK 120 is 12 ft 3 in long and 35 in wide. I chose to buy pressure treated lumber to reduce any potential water damage. Once your planks are picked out, simply cut 2 of them in half. This will leave you with 2 full length 8 foot planks (for length) and 4 4 foot planks (for width).

Step 2:

Be sure your drill is powered up and set aside your 1.5″ steel angles and hex screws. Assemble the loose planks to the box frame shape and start at one end. Connection points get a little tricky if you don’t have a partner applying to pressure so be sure and grab someone to help if available. I did mine solo and had some trouble keeping the planks flush and aligned. Use your legs or sit on them if you need to. Just be sure your planks are flush so they don’t wobble. Connect all 4 corners on the frame first, then finish out the 2 middle sections for support. Be sure and measure out the middle horizontal planks.

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Step 3:

Be mindful of the width of your kayak and inspect the hull. All hulls are different. The grooves of the hull are intended to sit on the rounded PVC. If your hull is flat, don’t ever set it directly on the rounded PVC. This will cause warping over time. After you’ve inspected your hull, eye ball the PVC width vertically to align with your hull. Then measure and attach the PVC pipes to the frame using the smaller 1.5″ angles and screws. Drilling on the underside of the PVC with the hex screws gets a little tricky, so be prepared to lay completely flat on your back when drilling. Once they’re both attached, take your kayak and slide onto the PVC. Then lay flat on your stomach facing the stern and inspect where the PVC pipes lay. You will likely need to make a few adjustments to ensure they align perfectly.

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This rack works best for me since I have the Boonedox landing gear installed. The rack lays flat on my garage floor making it simple to slide my kayak on and off.

There are a ton variations to this model you can find online. Many racks are set on casters, some are multi-tiered to hold several kayaks, some have hooks so you can hang gear … the options are endless.

Also, never store your kayak on the wheels of your cart. They’re too heavy and will weaken the connection points over time. My Boonedox wheels can spin freely while stored, very important.

Thanks for stopping by.

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