Because of space constraints, I hang three of my canoes--a Tufweave Sundowner, a Penobscot 16, and a Bell Wildfire in Royalex. I hang them from rope pulleys attached to the carry thwarts. Am I causing the hulls to sag, i.e. develop more rocker, or cause any other damage by hanging them this way?
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Posted by: old_user on Sep-18-09 2:55 PM (EST)
You should probably hang them on their sides with slings around the hull, not hang them from their handles or thwarts. This way the full weight of the boat is not being taken by a single or couple points. If your storage area gets extremely hot you may want to take down them during the hottest periods to prevent any possible sagging, though this is unlikely with Royalex boats.
hang em high|
Posted by: old_user on Sep-18-09 5:14 PM (EST)
I have two kayaks and one canoe and I hang them all. On kayak is poly, the other is glass, the canoe is kevlar. No problems with any of them, even the poly kayak. I hang them by the carry handles on the bow and stern.
Don't hang by the handles|
Posted by: old_user on Sep-18-09 6:01 PM (EST)
I've seen quite a few kayaks that have had the handles pull through the plastic by hanging them. I agree with the strap system that cradles the boat rather than by the thwarts or handles. It's better than all of the weight being supported by a few screws or 1/2' of plastic.
Posted by: bigspencer on Sep-18-09 6:33 PM (EST)
Try to find the widest slings you can...you'll be ok...although as said...letting it hand on its side is the going thought, but if you get some wide slings...seems as though that should be just as good if the rightside up position is the only method to fit..
You could go....|
Posted by: Tebpac on Sep-18-09 7:06 PM (EST)
I used ropes and 2 x 4s awhile back.|
Posted by: mickjetblue on Sep-18-09 7:27 PM (EST)
I had very limited space in the garage, and had to hang
And if you have enough garage height...|
Posted by: old_user on Sep-19-09 8:51 AM (EST)
You can hang the canoe from the ceiling and back a car under it. Hook up a cheap winch and some eyebolts and all you need do is lower the canoe onto the roof rack. Dead easy, one-person job.
The dealer did...|
Posted by: eckilson on Sep-19-09 6:02 AM (EST)
The dealer who I bought my Yellowstone Solo from had a bunch of boats hanging from the ceiling - including mine. Don't know how long it was up there, but it didn't have any effect on my boat.
Resting on gunwales is best|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Sep-19-09 4:50 PM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Sep-19-09 7:25 PM (EST)
I've used old sections of garden hose screwed into rafters to support & conform to hull shape of my stored canoes. Worked well enough for me
Triple support straps w/winches|
Posted by: shirlann on Sep-21-09 8:45 AM (EST)
We have one set of the straps that will hold three boats. My husband set up eye bolts and the attached cable, one on the left and right, and hooked them up to boat winches. Easy up and easy down. Been in the garage for the last six years.