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    To solve the problem of boards taking up valuable space and causing damage, we developed a patented rack system that uses pre-existing fishing rod holders, securely storing boards on the boat's gunnel without drilling holes. Now all of your boards are out of the way of your passengers, securely fastened to a rack system.

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    So you bought a stand-up paddleboard, surfboard, or kayak. Congrats, you’re in for a ton of awesome adventures. But once your day out on the lake is over, how do you safely and securely store your board or kayak? It may be a pesky task, but improper storage can lead to cracks, dents, and other harmful damage. Damage that may put a real damper on your future fun. If you’re wondering how to store your SUP or kayak, you’ve landed at the right blog post. Keep reading as we discuss several different options!

    Best Way to Store a Kayak Indoors & Outdoors

    In a perfect world, all kayaks would be housed inside, away from pests, rain, and direct sunlight. Unfortunately, kayaks are difficult to maneuver into basements, attics, and even some garages. Outdoor storage might make sense if the boat is prepped and ready. But in general, leaving your kayak out in the elements in the extreme heat or cold is a bad idea, especially during winter. With that said, here are a couple of ideas for how to store a kayak outdoors:

    Outdoor Storage Using a DIY Kayak Shelter

    One idea is to create a simple tent-like structure with a tarp and PVC tubing. The tarp can help shield your kayak from unfavorable weather conditions and allow water to trickle away. To keep your kayak’s cockpit safe from mice and other invasive pests, consider tightly wrapping your kayak’s cockpit with some sort of wrap. Better yet, think about buying a custom-fitted cover if it’s an option. Lastly, consider placing moisture-absorbing packets in the cockpit before covering the inside, that way it won’t get too musty.

    Advanced Kayak Storage: The Dock & Wall Mount

    There are levels in the game of storing kayaks effectively (especially if you have to store multiple kayaks), and this is, in our humble opinion, one of the best methods. If you’re looking for an easier option to keep your kayak off the ground and away from pests, this is it. Our dock and wall mounts pair perfectly with our L2K Kayak Rack. The cool thing about this duo is that both items are multipurpose. Besides a storage system, the dock and wall mounts can also be used as fishing rod holders. The L2K system can also be used to transport your kayak via your boat. This gives you ultimate freedom and endless options to explore more isolated areas you could never kayak to from shore. Also, it’s best to avoid leaving your kayak on flat, hard surfaces for long periods of time. Doing so puts weight on the shell, which could cause it to dent. So, the L2K System paired with our dock and wall mounts is perfect because it keeps your kayak elevated and off the ground. This is definitely one of the best ways to store a kayak properly, whether you use your dock or indoor storage.

    Did you enjoy this post? You’ll probably like this one too: Kayak Fishing 101: Tips for Beginners

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    How to Store a Paddleboard

    Paddleboards (also known as “SUPs”) are bulky, usually weighing between 13 and 40 pounds each. They’re also long and unwieldy, making them challenging to store. Many paddleboards are made of fiberglass too. This makes them more susceptible to dings and dents. Because of that, careful and proper storage is necessary. Whether you’re a seasoned paddleboarder or a novice, taking care of your investment just makes sense.

    Proper maintenance will keep your paddleboard in tip-top condition and help preserve its value. That brings us to the topic of this section, how to store a paddleboard or a SUP. Without further ado, here are a few ideas:

    Paddleboard Cover

    By simply covering your SUP, you’re taking massive strides to protect it. But it’s important to have a cover that fits properly. So you’ll want to pay special attention if purchasing a cover from a third-party vendor.

    Now the great thing about covers is that they protect paddleboards from weather wear, scrapes, and UV damage from the sun. Of course, before covering your SUP, you’ll want to clean it first especially if it was used in saltwater

    Keep It In A Shaded Area

    If you don’t have a wall or ceiling space, it may be okay to keep it outdoors temporarily. But as soon as possible, get it out of the elements. If you have a lanai, porch, or patio, rest your covered SUP in a shady spot. A place void of severe heat, cold, or direct sunshine as these factors can destroy a paddleboard.

    Garage Ceiling Storage Rack

    Try a garage ceiling rack if you don’t have wall space to store your paddleboard. This is preferable to outdoor or ground storage. Storing your SUP on the ceiling prevents scratches and damage that may occur if kept near ground level. This method may require a ladder and a second person to store or retrieve it safely. Though slightly inconvenient it’s likely a better option than exterior storage.

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    Wall Storage

    Utilizing a wall rack to store your paddleboard may very well be your best option! Our dock and wall mount cradles the SUP securely and saves a ton of space. To utilize this mount, you’ll need to pair with it one of two racks. If you have a single paddleboard you’ll want to use the S1. And if you have two paddleboards then the S2 is where it’s at. Both of these rack systems allow you to transport your paddleboard with ease on your boat as well. Imagine the fun you could have on your paddleboard, taking advantage of gorgeous ocean views, only accessible by boat. Our rack systems are dual-purpose – saving you space at home and on the boat!

    Don’t have a boat, look at our Wall Racks. These bolt directly to a wall and cradle your SUPs protecting them with soft EVA foam, while keeping them off the floor.

    Not sure where to store your SUP? Look for a spot that’s not excessively hot or cold and one that doesn’t get direct sunlight or moisture. The spot should be clean and dry.

    Final Thoughts

    Properly storing a kayak, paddleboard, or other watercraft is essential for ensuring its longevity and performance. Neglecting to take proper care can result in damage and deterioration, and it can even become a safety hazard. By taking time to clean, dry, and store your investment correctly, you can prolong its lifespan and maintain its appearance. It will also make it more accessible and ready for your next water adventure. A little bit of preventative maintenance goes a long way in preserving your investment and is well worth the effort. We hope this post was helpful and that you now have many ideas on how to store a kayak or SUP properly. Cheers to more adventures and more fun!

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