How to hang kevlar canoe?
Posted by: old_user on Jun-19-13 5:26 PM (EST) Category: Canoes
Howdy! I was asking a while back about what canoe to get for my clan and we will probably get something in kevlar. I want to hang it from the joists in the garage over the spouse's (obviously!) car. There are inexpensive hoists available but I think that since our garage is so low, I should be able to just attach a pair of 2" webbing saddles to the joists and poke it in if I have enough room to maneuver.
Either with a hoist or without, is there a better way to orient the boat? Do you go upside down with the gunwales resting on the straps or right side up? I know these canoes aren't as fragile as they look but I'd rather mess it up in the water than in the garage. :)
Any advice? Thanks!
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Probably makes no difference, but...|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Jun-19-13 5:52 PM (EST)
Probably doesn't matter|
Posted by: pblanc on Jun-19-13 5:54 PM (EST)
But my preference would be to hang it upside down so the gunwales support the weight. It is conceivable that a very light layup hung in a hot garage for a long period could sustain some hull deformation.
Posted by: old_user on Jun-19-13 6:55 PM (EST)
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jun-19-13 10:02 PM (EST)
Overhead clearance might not be a problem for you. I just did some checking, and my garage has no ceiling so the rafter stringers are bare, and they are 8' 2" to 8' 3" above the floor. That's just a little higher than what you say you have, perhaps partly on account of the fact that my garage is 55 years old and 2x4s were a little thicker in those days than they are now (there are two layers of 2x4 above the wall studs and one layer below, so the difference in thickness, multiplied by three, would probably be the difference in overall height, unless they make wall studs longer these days to account for that). On the other hand, if dimensions are "rounded off", my rafter stringers are "8 feet high" too.
Posted by: old_user on Jun-20-13 12:40 AM (EST)
That's a good point about clearance that I have completely missed.
I have a similar situation|
Posted by: clarion on Jun-20-13 6:49 AM (EST)
I hang mine right side up so I don't crack my head on the pointed ends. None are ultra lights.
support it on it's gunnels ......|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jun-20-13 8:04 AM (EST)
..... question - is there any chance you could have it on wall mounted carrier arms (even arms up high) , or a rollable rack ??
Posted by: Mattt on Jun-20-13 9:18 AM (EST)
if you hang the canoe right side up, the stem points will hit the ceiling first, limiting how high you can put the boat - that may or may not be significant.
Posted by: old_user on Jun-20-13 12:34 PM (EST)
Thanks for the suggestions, all. I will try to flip it.