If you store the kayak hull-down on the foam, the foam compresses less.
But if the kayak is stored on its side (as if on crossbars with a riser), there is more weight concentrated on a small area. This causes more compression underneath.
I've kept sea kayaks stored each way and have noticed that method #2 definitely results in more compression. Don't use pipe foams, because they're toast after a very short time.
If you angle the kayak at close to 45 degrees, that may help reduce the load on the foam underneath.
Free Standing Boat Racks
Classic Freestanding Rack
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
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