An "In the Same Boat" reader has sold his house and moved into an apartment, and he's written to me asking for advice. He'd like to know how other paddlers who live in apartments manage to store and secure their boats. He has five canoes and two kayaks, and has them in temporary storage some distance from his new home, but would like to have a way to keep them closer to hand so he can take spontaneous evening paddles.
So, anyone have an idea they'd be willing to pass on? I'm writing an article about the topic and would like to include as many suggestions for him and others who are, ahem, in the same boat. Feel free to write to me directly or post/CC to this forum.
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There should be room|
Posted by: sissy103 on Nov-10-09 3:40 PM (EST)
for one canoe in the dining room, even if he lives upstairs. Ask me how I know this....
In the garage|
Posted by: captainsmollett on Nov-10-09 4:45 PM (EST)
My apartment has a garage, so I store my boats there.
Local Paddling Club|
Posted by: SuperTroll on Nov-10-09 4:56 PM (EST)
A local paddling club should be a place to ask for help...he or she may just find a local paddler who would provide a storage site, or knows of one...don't discount networking for a solution!
Store them at Dads house|
Posted by: baldpaddler on Nov-10-09 5:10 PM (EST)
Guess how I know this?
If they are nice high end boats...|
Posted by: jackl on Nov-10-09 6:11 PM (EST)
we have plenty of room here in our boat barn, but if they are el cheapos, sorry the boat barn is all filled up.
Posted by: remintn on Nov-10-09 6:49 PM (EST)
Did you place a piece of glass over it and call it a table?
Throw a blanket in it,|
Posted by: sissy103 on Nov-10-09 6:53 PM (EST)
and call it a cat bed.
No, but during mid week evenings,|
Posted by: jackl on Nov-11-09 6:00 AM (EST)
we would sit in it having a glass or two of wine and I would call huts, while we were waiting for our nice four day weekends - think russian river!
Posted by: beachcamper on Nov-10-09 6:58 PM (EST)
Out on the patio or terrace?
Posted by: pblanc on Nov-10-09 7:07 PM (EST)
I currently have 10 canoes, 3 kayaks and a C1 sitting in a mini-storage locker and a couple more canoes and a kayak kicking around the carport and my backyard.
if he needs one boat for|
Posted by: kayamedic on Nov-10-09 7:08 PM (EST)
spontanaiety, its time he think of a Pak-Boat.
Posted by: cd1 on Nov-10-09 7:12 PM (EST)
Posted by: beachcamper on Nov-10-09 7:44 PM (EST)
Too bad canoes are not made sectional. Or maybe I just don't know of any.
One sectional canoe is in the|
Posted by: kayamedic on Nov-10-09 8:43 PM (EST)
Canadian Canoe Museum and its likely heavily alarmed. They did exist at one time.
I wonder if....|
Posted by: tjalmy on Nov-10-09 9:27 PM (EST)
it's the same as my Dad designed for the Link Co. during WW11. He was in Gananoque (SP) Ontario.
I have over a dozen boats, but if I were|
Posted by: g2d on Nov-10-09 11:33 PM (EST)
in his situation, I would quickly divest myself of most of them, keeping just the most versatile.
Canoe as furniture|
Posted by: old_user on Nov-11-09 9:21 AM (EST)
If stored in the livingroom they can also serve as a couch
Posted by: carldelo on Nov-11-09 3:16 PM (EST)
I live in an apartment in NYC - when I got a new car, I rented a garage so it would stay nice. Then I started getting boats. I manage to hold 3 boats (1 hanging, 2 on Talic racks) along with the car. There's room for one more hanging, if it comes to that. The big plus for me is that I can keep all the other paddling gear in there as well, and don't have to carry it the 3 blocks to the garage every time I go out. An even bigger plus is the quick load-up - boat and gear on the car in under 10 minutes. The boat on top of the car in the photo is the one normally hanging from the rafters.
Posted by: k7baixo on Nov-11-09 11:12 PM (EST)
That Mini makes a pretty good platform 'eh? You might appreciate this picture. That's my buddy car behind me.
Posted by: carldelo on Nov-12-09 12:20 PM (EST)
Sweeet - love the Clubman. My Cooper's hatch touches the rack when open, although I am still able to access the boot and the strut keeps it from hitting too hard - but those van-style doors are perfect for allowing access under the stern. Too bad there was no Clubman when I was buying...
Posted by: old_user on Dec-10-09 3:55 AM (EST)
Posted by: carldelo on Dec-11-09 1:08 PM (EST)
Posted by: Brazilbrasil on Nov-12-09 6:34 AM (EST)
Get a Folbot|
Posted by: old_user on Nov-12-09 10:50 AM (EST)
I'd sell everything and get a Folbot...
Definitely a Folbot!|
Posted by: alexsidles on Nov-12-09 9:16 PM (EST)
This is a situation tailor-made for a Folbot. He won't be sorry!
it's a tough thing to have large items|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Nov-12-09 11:14 AM (EST)
That is a great idea!|
Posted by: sissy103 on Nov-12-09 11:38 AM (EST)
and one I will keep in mind for the future, when I get too feeble to tote my Tupper up the stairs.
kayaks and cats in living room r a no no|
Posted by: WetSandyFeet on Nov-12-09 11:50 AM (EST)
cats and kayaks do not mix..if the kayak is right side up it just invites cats because it looks too much like a giant litter box
Posted by: booztalkin on Nov-12-09 1:25 PM (EST)
My canoeing mentor was Roger Corbett, author of Virginia Whitewater. During the years I paddled with him, he lived in a townhouse and paddled a 16' Intrepid. The canoe stayed on his van when not in use.
Check these photo out|
Posted by: ice9 on Nov-13-09 6:32 PM (EST)
fir some ideas
the photos are great|
Posted by: WetSandyFeet on Nov-17-09 8:36 AM (EST)
Thanks for this post. This helps my overall long term planning.
Posted by: Tamia on Nov-16-09 8:33 AM (EST)
Thanks to all of you for your helpful replies. I'll be including a link to this thread in an upcoming "In the Same Boat" article, and will also be quoting some folks here. If you have pictures you want included in the article, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any photos are embossed with your copyright.
u can use my blog in futue|
Posted by: cd1 on Nov-25-09 7:20 AM (EST)
Posted by: sissy103 on Nov-25-09 7:29 AM (EST)
I wanted to thank you for posting the Talic link. I ordered a set of Seahorses for my adorable Vermont Tupper and couldn't be happier with them.
Depending on the apartment...|
Posted by: old_user on Nov-25-09 10:46 AM (EST)
maybe they could rig a kayak or canoe hoist above the stairs, if the stairway is locked or secured in some way. Also maybe under a staircase?
Happy apartment kayak dweller....|
Posted by: msgckayaker on Dec-08-09 10:58 AM (EST)
I have 3 kayaks (16ft, 13 ft and 10ft) and I live on the 3rd floor of 1100 sq ft apartment. Thankfully, the stairwells are wide and allow the portage of the kayaks up/down stairs. As far as placement in the apartment, I have two of them on their sides behind my couch on a long wall and one on it's side in a long hallway. Being a bachelor helps because I don't care about having the kayaks as living room decor. (Heck, I think it looks cool. LOL) My only complaint is that after a long day on the water, the yaks can be a tiring to get up the stairs. I feel that if one like to kayak they will find a way to make it work.
Just found an|
Posted by: redmond on Dec-10-09 8:38 AM (EST)
outdoor storage area near my new townhouse. I already use a trailer, so we'll put the six kayaks on it. Internet special of $13 per month.
it seems so obvious|
Posted by: bowrudder on Dec-10-09 8:44 AM (EST)
I can't believe it hasn't been said: leave em on your car
Posted by: travisma on Dec-10-09 3:45 PM (EST)
1st ask the management about storage on site... do they have designated areas for large items.
Outside storage concern|
Posted by: KathyWilliams on Jan-16-10 12:48 PM (EST)
Will a carbon kevlar kayak be ok covered with a tarp outside and secured? I wasn't sure if the cold would have an impack?