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Old 05-02-2010   #1
Westminster, Colorado
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How to properly store a whitewater kayak?

The boyfriend is totally new to kayaking, I got him a used Pyranha I3, he's into it, happily rolling in the pool, can't wait to get him out on moving water. He's a scientist and he wants to know how to properly store the boat, thinks it's best to hang it by the rescue bars rather than resting it on the floor. I honestly never thought about it. My boat stands on end in my garage. He sent me this article: Kayak Storage Guide Water Sports University
and I wonder if this is specific to sea kayaks, or what.

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Old 05-02-2010   #2
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You're right, standing on end is best.
If that isn't an option and it has to be laid on the ground, either have it on its side or with the cockpit down (basically don't leave it for too long with the bottom flat on concrete).
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Old 05-02-2010   #3
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You can buy the large screw in hooks and screw them into any beam in your garage and hang em!
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Old 05-03-2010   #4
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Tell him to rock it "Brah Style": on top of the car, 52 weeks a year, with an assortment of kayak "flair" (stickers) pasted along the windows, bumpers, and of course, rocket box. Once in place, you cannot move it for either function or seasons' changes.

OK- in reality, I recommend slinging the boat against a garage wall on its edges:

Standing it on its end works fine and prevents "oil-canning" as well, but I've knocked over enough boats on-end to dissuade others from making this a regular practice. And don't go out and buy a sling system- get some webbing and some Fastex buckles from REI and make yourself one in 10 minutes.
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