Homemade Kayak Hangers

Homemade Kayak Hangers
A kayak hanger is a simple, handy tool to safely store your kayak and keep it out of the way. If you have a high ceiling, a kayak hanger can allow you to store your boat without reducing floor space in your storage room, keep your kayak in your garage without blocking your car, or store it in your workroom without cramping your workspace.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Stud finder
  • Hooks
  • Drill
  • Nylon straps
Step 1
Buy two ceiling hooks. Each ceiling hook should be rated to hold the entire weight of your kayak and any other gear you are hanging from it. That will make certain the two hooks will provide more than enough support for your gear.
Step 2
Find a joist in your ceiling with a stud finder. Drill a pilot hole into is slightly smaller in diameter than your kayak hook.
Step 3
Screw the hook all the way into the joist. Tug on it a few times to make sure it is secure.
Step 4
Find a second joist approximately two-thirds the length of your kayak away from the first one. Repeat step 2.
Step 5
Hang a strong nylon strap from each hook. Adjust the straps so that they form even loops wide enough to hold the kayak at about chest level.
Step 6
Hang a thinner nylon loop from each hook. Each loop should be wide enough to hold a kayak paddle.
Step 7
Lift the kayak up and thread it through both large loops with the help of a friend. Slowly lower it until it sits cradled in the loops.
Step 8
Tighten the loops until the kayak is at the height at which you want to store it. Thread the paddle through the smaller loops.

Article Written By Isaiah David

Isaiah David is a freelance writer and musician living in Portland, Ore. He has over five years experience as a professional writer and has been published on various online outlets. He holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan.

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