Storage racks

Storage racks

Post by lviga.. » Wed, 17 May 1995 04:00:00


        Does anyone have any plans or can anyone point me to somewhere where
I can find plans for building some sort of rack that will hold 2 sea kayaks
and one tandem canoe.  We want to be able to stack them somehow in our garage
- taking up the least amount of space.  Please reply here or by e-mail.

        Thanks a lot!!!!

 
 
 

Storage racks

Post by Kirk Ols » Sat, 20 May 1995 04:00:00

:       Does anyone have any plans or can anyone point me to somewhere where
: I can find plans for building some sort of rack that will hold 2 sea kayaks
: and one tandem canoe.  We want to be able to stack them somehow in our
: garage - taking up the least amount of space.

I've used several methods of storing boats.  With a 2+ car garage I prefer
to hang the boats from the rafters.  I either hang them right side up,
supported by lap safety belts taken out of a car or with lumber held
from ropes.

(Brutal textual description of a rack follows)

For my current situation I have a rack made from 2X4s that
holds 2 kayaks, a canoe and a couple of sailboards.  My garage isn't that
big so all of the items are on one side of the rack.  I based the rack
on one of the T shaped racks that are usually used by outfitters to store
or transport boats.  I have two racks each placed about 1/4 of the way
from each end of the boat.

I have a triangular base made from 2X4s forming
roughly an equilateral triangle where the long side of the triangle
is parallel to the keels of the boats.  In the corner of the triangle,
opposite the long side I have a long verticle piece of lumber, which
is fastened to a wall at the top.  Each boat is supported by a shelf
made from a 2X4.  In my case the verticle board is a 2X4 with the 2 inch
dimension facing the boats (upward).  Each shelf is attached to the
verticle board so that the shelf is parallel to the ground and the
boat rests on the 2 inch side of the shelf board.  The shelf boards are
each attached to the verticle board by removing just under half the material
side of one 2X4.  So a chunk 3.5 inches by 3.5 inches by 1/2 inch is
removed from each shelf.  I then attach each shelf board to the verticle
board with 3 or 4 two inch screws.  The notched section of the shelf board
faces the verticle board.  The bottom shelf in addition to being notched
has a brace underneath it.  This help stabalize and support the rack.
I also have a strip of carpet on each shelf to cushion the boats.

The heavier boats go toward the bottom.  The distance between shelves
varies with what craft is stored there.  Shelf width also varies, the
upper shelves are shorter than the lower ones.

Lousy ascii graphics of my rack follow.

base                     profile of one rack
+--------------+         |  
|             /          |----------
|           /            |  
|         /              |------------
|       /                |
|     /                  |------------
|   /                    |           |   <- bracing for rack
| /                      -------------
/

profile of one shelf attachment as viewed from above.
              +----------------+
              |                |
-------------+|  support pole  |
  shelf      ||                |
             |+----------------+
             +-----------------+
                               |
-------------------------------+

kirk