Stephen describes the rack this way:
The rod hangers are made from old broomsticks (better than spending money on dowels). They are a little bigger than the eyebolts at each end, so I threaded screws with large washers into the broomstick ends to secure them in place. Don't see any reason why a dowel the right size to fit the eyebolt wouldn't work, too — if you cut it slightly long or secured it with a screw.
So the broomstick rod hangers are suspended from the garage ceiling by eyebolts, leaving just enough room to hold Stephen's collection of fishing rods. And as he noted in the letter that I quoted earlier, the rack can also hold paddles. Of course, this might require…
To make it work with your paddles. The same is true of the kayak attic. Everyone's needs are different. Although Stephen has several kayaks, he only built one attic. You could call it a proof‑of‑concept prototype. But it surpassed his expectations, and now he's wishing he'd built a second. Maybe he will. What about you? Are you pressed for space? Then consider making a kayak or canoe attic of your own. And don't worry. You won't have to borrow a welding rig. A wood frame should work as well as one made from steel. You don't even have to sheath the box. The bill of materials shouldn't break the budget, either. All you'll need — besides a suitable attic crawl space — are some short lengths of dimension lumber (with some scrap plywood for gussets, maybe), a handful of fasteners, a few yards of line and webbing, a cleat or two, and six light‑duty pulleys. That's not too great a price to pay to shelter your pride and joy, high up out of harm's way, is it? I didn't think so!
Adapt, improvise, overcome. Those are the watchwords for canoeists and kayakers who don't already have a good place to store their boats. Luckily, practical paddlers see opportunities where others only see problems. Take Stephen Parker. His wife provided the inspiration. Then he brought his ingenuity to bear. And what was the result of this happy partnership? The kayak attic was born. It keeps one of Stephen's boats handy, yet out of the way. Could something similar be the answer to your storage problems? Well, whether or not it works for you, I'm sure you'll agree that Stephen's kayak attic was an uplifting experience for all concerned.
How about it? Do you have an innovative or unusual way to berth your boats? Then let us know. We're always racking our brains for good ideas!
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