I am expanding my fleet of boats and have run out of room inside my storage barn.
I need your help in figuring out a way to store my boats outside on a wooden rack that I hope to build once the ground thaws this Spring. FWIW, I am NOT very handy when it comes to building things. It will need to store at least 3 and maybe 4 boats of various lengths and dimensions. Anything from a 14.5 plastic kayak, to a 16 or 17 foot Royalex canoe to a sleek 21 foot surf ski.
I was thinking that I could dig some holes using a fence-post digger to put some 4x4's vertically into the ground and then cement them into the ground and use this as my main support and build the rest of the framework from there. Any suggestions on type of wood to use, dimensions, actual drawings of what you have had success with building? I have no idea how to properly brace it so that it will be strong enough to withstand the weight of several boats and putting the boats in and out of the storage rack.
Lastly, I am concerned about protecting the boats from the elements. Tarps? Simple slanted roof?
Thanks for your help!
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Here is what I came up with|
Posted by: doubledipper on Jan-31-10 7:03 PM (EST)
Looks very nice!|
Posted by: jcamry98 on Jan-31-10 7:26 PM (EST)
I never thought of a design like that. Thanks, for the idea.
Posted by: teletwang on Jan-31-10 7:43 PM (EST)
I screwed some shelf brackets into two large trees by the side of my driveway, then put some pool noodle material on the brackets. Easy and reversible!
Built me rack fro' 4X4'S fer de uprights|
Posted by: fatelmo on Jan-31-10 8:08 PM (EST)
an' doubled up 2x4's as crossbars wit sectioned PVC pipe fer better slidin' an' gunnel prootection. Lucky ah' kin stick de whole shabang under de deck.
No need to set the 4x4s. They stand|
Posted by: string on Jan-31-10 8:24 PM (EST)
pretty well as long as they are level and the COG isn't too high.
A very simple, A-frame rack|
Posted by: BNystrom on Feb-01-10 7:58 AM (EST)
Check it out my Kayak Storage Rack album on Webshots:
Posted by: gingernc on Feb-01-10 1:37 PM (EST)
A local kayaker did a nice interpretation of Brian's rack. He used metal conduit for crossbars threaded through some PVC pipe for rollers. Easier to slide the kayaks on and off the crossbars solo. (I think I'm explaining correctly what he did.) Anyway, it's elegant and I want to make one just like it.
You got it.|
Posted by: JaybirdNC on Feb-02-10 10:35 AM (EST)
I think I used 1.5" PVC over 1.25" conduit and it works like a charm for two boats. It might be a little trickier to adapt the rack for more boats using this setup, but I think it could be done.
That's a cool idea|
Posted by: BNystrom on Feb-03-10 7:38 AM (EST)
I'll keep it in mind for my next rack.
Posted by: jcamry98 on Feb-01-10 11:28 PM (EST)
I looked at your pictures and appreciated your comments underneath each of the photos explaining the various aspects of building it.
Is wind loading or security a big issue?|
Posted by: snowgoose.skipper on Feb-01-10 8:31 AM (EST)
Digging holes and pouring concrete strikes me as over the top (and unnecessarily hard work) for a sheltered and secure site.
Wind can be an issue|
Posted by: BNystrom on Feb-03-10 7:46 AM (EST)
My rack is pretty sheltered, but it would still get moved around if I didn't stake it down. All it takes is 5/8" holes in the uprights and some 2' rebar stakes and it's very solid. I also tie the ends of the cover down, but that's mainly to keep them from flapping.
Posted by: redmond on Feb-01-10 8:55 AM (EST)
car top foam blocks on the 2x4 racks|
Posted by: lazilightnin on Feb-01-10 9:18 AM (EST)
are a nice way to distribute the weight evenly over a wider surface and eliminate any scratching.
Friends, Family and Nieghbors Laughing|
Posted by: barracuda on Feb-01-10 12:44 PM (EST)
I started a rack in fall and left it unfinished all winter, and everyone is laughing at the eyesore.
Posted by: jimyaker on Feb-01-10 2:10 PM (EST)
Could you mount one of these to the outside of the barn?
Posted by: dougd on Feb-01-10 6:27 PM (EST)
Here's what I came up with:
That reminds me|
Posted by: BNystrom on Feb-03-10 7:42 AM (EST)
Although I didn't need any more capacity, the A-frame design will accommodate longer cross bars if you need to carry additional boats outside the frame, similar to what Doug did here.
mine are set on outlook carrier arms ...|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Feb-01-10 9:54 PM (EST)
Extremely simple rack . . .|
Posted by: Angell on Feb-02-10 1:36 AM (EST)
I got four steel heavy farm/garden fence posts - sold at Lowes - and some light chain and pipe insulation.
Posted by: old_user on Feb-02-10 1:46 AM (EST)
Btw, if you're using regular 2x4's for cross braces the foam roof top supports for kayaks will fit nicely onto the 2x4's and support the boats better than sitting directly on a piece of wood.
I second Brian's Design|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-02-10 8:41 AM (EST)
I used it; works great! We're storing an 18 ft. Cetus, 16 ft. Nova Craft, and 15 ft. Wenonah.
I like it very much, too.|
Posted by: tktoo on Feb-03-10 8:36 AM (EST)
Mostly for it's economy of labor and materials, simple functionality and easy portability, disposibility or re-use. In this case, less is more.
Pairs of 4x4s in the ground with 1/2"|
Posted by: ricknriver on Feb-03-10 12:05 AM (EST)
galv pipe stuck into them on both sides working great for me, and my friendly local outfitter's rentals. Put 4xs in deep maybe with a bit of post set crete. Drill 7/8" holes on a slight down angle almost all the way through, spaced in height to the depth of your boats. Stick in 24"-30" pipes and cover them with swim noodles. Each pair of 4x4s carries 8 poly boats. Easy to adjust pipe heights by drilling other holes. Can drape a tarp over the whole works. I stick the same pipes into holes drilled into the edge of 2x4s under my deck and into studs in the shed. R
Posted by: ewschill on Feb-04-10 10:02 PM (EST)
but keeps 'em covered.