With our newly acquired kayak collection, storage has become an important requirement. While there are plenty of commercial solutions available, most are prohibitively expensive, difficult to use, or require large amounts of wall space. With a little digging on the net, I was able to find a relatively easy and inexpensive solution; PVC.
This rack is largely based on this one found on YakAngler.com, posted by FLNavyVet. I made a couple of changes. First, I went one level higher so that four kayaks/SUPs can be stored. Secondly, I used 1 1 /14″ pipe rather than 2″. This is more than adequate strength-wise and brought the total price down about $30 over the 2″.
The rack easily holds our four 9 1/2′ and 10′ kayaks, as well as paddles, PFDs, and dry bags.
- (32) 1 1/4″ Ts
- (8) 1 1/4″ Caps
- (9) 10′ 1 1/4″ PVC Pipe
- (8) 60 3/16″ (basically cut four 10′ pieces exactly in half)
- (8) 36″
- (24) 4″
- (12) 12″
Short Rack Changes
If you don’t need storage for four, just reduce your shopping and cut list as follows for EACH level you are removing. I suppose you could also add for additional layers, but beyond four will get kind of wobbly.
- Shopping – Subtract (8) Ts and (roughly) (2) 10′ pipes
- Cut List – Subtract (2) 60 3/16″, (2) 36″, (4) 12″, and (8) 4″ pieces
Putting the rack together is rather straight forward, basically each “leg” is assembled in the following order (bottom to top), with every other T at right angles.
(Bottom) Cap, 4″, T, 4″, T, 12″, T, 4″, T, 12″, T, 4″, T, 12″, T, 4″, T, 4″, Cap (top)
Then connect the legs alternating from the bottom the 36″ and 60″ pieces.
I could have made my rack a few inches narrower. Doing so, would have provided a little more strength. Measure your kayaks and adapt the 36″ pieces as needed. During my next trip to Harbor Freight, I’m likely going to buy some casters for it. Being able to move it around in the garage would be very useful.
All in all, the total price was $92.28 before sales tax. Not to shabby…