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How To Store Kayaks?

Kayaks are fantastic vessels for exploring waterways and enjoying the outdoors. But when it's time to hang up your paddle for a while, proper storage becomes crucial. Here's a comprehensive guide to storing your kayak, ensuring it's ready for your next adventure:

Choosing the Right Storage Spot

Indoor Storage: The ideal scenario. Garages, basements, and sheds offer excellent protection from the elements – especially harsh sunlight, extreme temperatures, and precipitation.

Outdoor Storage: If indoor space is limited, outdoor storage is viable with proper precautions. Look for shaded areas, carports, or under a deck to minimize sun exposure.

Bluecoastride Pro Tip: Avoid storing your kayak directly on concrete floors. The constant contact can cause pressure points and potential warping. Use protective mats or kayak cradles for better support.

Keeping it Supported: Kayak Storage Solutions

Freestanding Racks: Perfect for garages or sheds. Freestanding racks come in various configurations, allowing you to store your kayak horizontally or vertically, depending on space constraints. Bluecoastride offers a range of heavy-duty, adjustable freestanding kayak racks to suit your needs.

Wall-Mounted Racks: Ideal for maximizing floor space. Wall-mounted racks come in single or double configurations, allowing you to store one or two kayaks efficiently. Bluecoastride's wall-mounted racks are known for their easy installation and secure hold.

Ceiling-Mounted Storage: Perfect for high ceilings. Ceiling-mounted hoist systems allow you to lift your kayak high and out of the way, freeing up valuable floor space. Bluecoastride offers a variety of hoist systems with weight capacities suitable for most kayaks.

Remember: Always consider the weight and length of your kayak when choosing a storage solution.

Keeping it Protected: Shielding Your Kayak from the Elements

Kayak Covers: A high-quality kayak cover shields your vessel from sun damage, dust, and debris. Look for covers made from UV-resistant materials that allow for air circulation to prevent moisture buildup. Bluecoastride offers a variety of kayak covers designed for different kayak sizes and shapes.

Tarp Alternatives (Use with Caution): A tarp can be a temporary solution if a kayak cover isn't in your budget. However, ensure proper ventilation to avoid moisture buildup under the tarp. Never wrap the tarp tightly around the kayak.

Bluecoastride Pro Tip: During long-term storage, periodically (every 1-2 months) uncover or unzip your kayak cover to allow for air circulation and stop mold growth.

Prepping for Storage: Keeping Your Kayak in Top Shape

Clean and Dry: Before storing your kayak, thoroughly clean it with a mild soap solution to remove dirt, salt, and any organic matter. To prevent mold or mildew growth, let it completely dry before storing.

Deflate Slightly (For Inflatables): If you have an inflatable kayak, deflate it slightly to around 80% of its capacity. This reduces stress on the seams during storage.

Open Drain Plugs and Hatches: Leaving drain plugs and hatches open allows for air circulation and prevents moisture buildup.

By following these simple storage tips and utilizing Bluecoastride's storage solutions and accessories, you can ensure your kayak is protected and ready for your next paddling adventure.