On Mon, 28 May 2001 10:41:28 -0400, Robert Ehrhart
>I need to build a canoe storage rack to go next to a small shed.
Years ago, I made a more or less standard boat rack for rowing shells,
canoes and kayaks. Two 6" X 6" X 12' railroad ties planted vertically
in concrete, 8 ft apart. 10 ft. 4X4's with carpet over as cross bars,
with 45 degree angle supports. It serves. Rent a sliding compound
miter saw to make quick work of the angles.
Since then, I have seen a commercial kayak rack that gave me a better
idea that I should probably patent. It supports each boat with nylon
strap that runs athwartships and criss-cross. In its simplest
incarnation, it consists of four 4X4 posts sunk in the dirt, at the
corners of an 8'X4' rectangle. Then for each boat you*** two
eyes into one pair of the 8' apart posts, and a corresponding second
pair of eyes into the other pair of posts, about 1' lower down. Screw
the eyes so they are on the faces facing the 8' direction and not the
4' direction. Now take some 1" nylon strap and run it thru the eyes
so it makes a bow tie outline. Tie the ends of the strap to each
other or use an adjustable strap buckles (e.g., Fastex). Your boat is
stored on the bow-tie strap, resting softly against the posts with the
lower eyes. The straps adjust to the shape of your topsides and
provide gentle support.
If you have gotten this far, then the next step is to add additional
quads of eyes at other levels for additional boats. The next, next
step is to sink a third pair of posts opposite the high-eye posts, to
store boats on the other side.
In this fashion, sinking six fence posts and screwing in 24 eyes, you
can easily store 8 boats for a total cost of under $50 and 2 hours of
work. No sawing, no concrete, no carpet, no shaping of supports, no
big clean up when you want to get rid of it.
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