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Old 04-06-2012   #1
 
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When hanging boats from the rafters, should one hang them cockpit facing down equally supported by webbing or cockpit to the side again equally supported by webbing?

Over the winter I was able to keep my boats of the porch protected from the elements, now that it's spring I got the kibash from the girlfriend on keeping them there and have to hang them.

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When hanging boats from the rafters, should one hang them cockpit facing down equally supported by webbing or cockpit to the side again equally supported by webbing?

Over the winter I was able to keep my boats of the porch protected from the elements, now that it's spring I got the kibash from the girlfriend on keeping them there and have to hang them.

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IMHO, ww boats are too short to care.
I've always hung my sea kayaks up cockpit up. I generally hang them by the grab loops even though a strap or two near the cockpit is supposed to be a better idea to keep them from warping.

It rarely gets over 95F around here in the summertime, so I've never worried about it.



...and I like rocker in sea kayaks!
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I'd go cockpit-down; I'm not very worried about oil canning in the tops of my boats.
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I can't argue with that.


I should have also said that while unlikely, I'd rather not get a sideways twist or curve in my boat. Again, much less likely with a ww boat than a long boat.
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A friend stored his canoe and kayak cockpit up in a barn, suspended from the rafters. The roof developed a leak, the boats filled with hundreds of pounds of water, folded in half and ripped part of the rafters down in the process of self destructing. I would say cockpit down.
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Can cockpit down cause oil canning in some ww kayaks? A local shop has a Dynamic Duo that was stored indoors on the floor cockpit up for at least a year, maybe longer. They have since stored it outdoors for almost a year and when I looked it over a few months ago there was definite oil canning beneath both seats.

Was that caused from the original storage on the floor, or subsequent storage outside with cockpit down?
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