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When I had my previous kayak, and my current living situation, I had to build a "shed/locker" for my kayak (plywood/2x4 construction).  This shed was long enough, and just wide/high enough to store my kayak.  I left one end of the kayak on the wheels (c-tug), and the opposite end lying on the floor of the shed.  The shed is completely enclosed from sun/weather.  Not air tight, but certainly out of the elements.  As far as I know, there was no hull damage or any other defects due to the way I was storing it.

 

Now, with my new kayak, I have been reading more and more how the kayak should be stored in a certain manner to avoid deformities. Since I do not have the height to stand the kayak up on end, and it will be very hard to store the kayak at any angle/slant on some type of J-hook.  I saw a few methods to where people would build a stand that runs the length of the kayak, and on top of that stand would be pvc pipes that would ride on the kayak scuppers.  Since I don't have a lot of height, I think the scupper storing on pvc pipes is my best option.  Should the pvc pipe be small/large enough to fit inside the scuppers, or should the pvc be oversized so the pvc touches the hull surface, centered over the scuppers?

 

With my kayak weighing 50-60 pounds, it's relatively light.  The last kayak was 100 pounds, but from what I can see, I never had any issues.  Can anyone help me?

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It's not recommended to put any stress on the scuppers.  

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so at an angle is the best bet?  How does that not cause stress to the sides/hull?

I take it the bottom of the kayak should not come in contact with the ground?

 

 

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I've leaned my kayaks on their sides against the house for years.  They're out of the sun, so it's never been an issue.  Most companies actually recommend you store them flat on the hull.  Hobie says the opposite, and says store them upside down.

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well, thanks for the quick response.  It looks like Perception says to mount on it's side (as you do), and not on it's bottom side.

 

I can do that then.   thanks again

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I have a heavyweight (105 lb hull). During yakking season I store it in "normal" position, horizontal, sitting on top of two milk crates at the stern (one slightly starboard, one slightly port), but between each crate and the hull is a thick, folded up blanket (about 10 inches worth). At the bow end, I let it rest on the floor, but with 2-3 pool noodles between bow and floor.

 

During the off season I flip it upside down but use the same method.

 

The cushion of thick blankets at the stern conforms to the hull shape and spreads the load out. Bow is light and pool noodle cushion seems to work.

 

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My experience is, that it depends on the hull.  I have a Perception and a Wilderness that I have abused in storage, transport,  handling...I think I could almost drive a truck over them without damaging the hulls.  My new Hobie, however comes with a reputation for needing far more care in how it sits for long periods and care in having it ratcheted down for days at a time.  

That Wildy could store on a cart (scupper or cradle) for months...or strapped down for a week on my car....with zero damage.

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I've just left mine on saw horses and haven't noticed any issues.

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I lay my Ascend 12T at an angle on it's side, on top of an old folded in half sleeping bag. it is stored in my garage on a cement floor.

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