How to Properly Store Kayaks: Indoors or Outside

Updated on December 8, 2022 by
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This article will explore how to store kayaks for durability and to increase their life and longevity.

Kayaking is a popular recreation activity, which we particularly enjoy to use for fishing. Being on a kayak allows people to experience an area from the water. Being this close to aquatic life and give you a unique perspective on the environment, making you appreciate its beauty more. It’s also a great way of exercising, building arm muscles and core strength.

While more affordable than a larger boat, kayaks can still be expensive. For this reason, you should take care of them. Let’s discuss how to store your kayak, some of the best kayak storing tips, so you can maintain and store your equipment correctly.

Pick A Good Storage Area

There are many factors to consider when finding where to store your kayak. First, you need to find a location that has enough space. If possible, try to make the storage area indoors. This will allow you to better protect the boat from weather conditions like hailstones.

When finding this area, make sure to choose a location that doesn’t have a hard surface. This may cause the bottom of the kayak to become distorted over time. Old towels can be used to make a surface more suitable for storage. Where possible, try to store the boat off the ground. This will help prevent mold and fungus from growing on the kayak.

Another important consideration is the temperature range of the storage area. Extreme temperatures will impact on the kayak materials. For example, high temperatures or direct sunlight can warp the plastic and cause the colors to fade. To protect the boat from this, consider using a covering. This will protect the kayak from the weather and prevent dust from getting inside the kayak. This becomes even more important if you want to store the kayak outside, protecting it from rain.

Prepare Your Kayak for Storage

A few simple preparation activities can make a big difference when you store the kayak. For example, you should always make sure that the kayak is dry before you put it away. This will prevent it from growing mold, which may lead to sickness or breathing difficulties if you accidentally ingest it. You should also remove the seat. This will let you care for the softer fabric. Finally, make sure that you cover the cockpit. This will prevent insects from getting inside and causing damage. 

Storing The Kayak

It’s also important to remember to position your kayak correctly. If you want to store it horizontally, lean it against the wall on its side. Or, you can use a bracket to hang it against the wall. When storing the kayak, the cockpit should be face down, stopping the hull from getting damaged. If using a wall hanger, you should also make sure to put towels over the prongs. This will stop the kayak from getting damaged. Also, make sure that it’s been centered on the hanger.

Finally, you should never hang the kayak from its handles. The weight of hanging the kayak will often result in these areas becoming damaged.

Kayak Storage Options 

There are a few options for storing your kayaks in your workshop or garage – wall mounted or stand alone. We generally recommend a stand alone because they don’t involve any modifications of your wall and take less time to set up. They can also be moved if you want to re-arrange your set-up.

The Malone racks can fit 6 kayak’s up to a 500 lb load limit. You can also put your heavier kayaks on the foam stacker blocks at the base.

The only negative is you may need to store it in the middle of the room to access both sides. There are some stand options that only have kayak’s on a single side so you can place it against the wall and maximize your space.

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You can also store your kayak vertically. This will take up less floor space. To do this, you might need to purchase some wall clips. This will stop the kayak from accidentally falling onto the floor. Next, you should get a crate or box to put the bow of the kayak into. For the best kayaking vessel protection, place some pillows or towels in the box. This will prevent the kayak from accidental scratches and damage. You should also rotate it regularly. This will stop it from bending out of shape. 

Transporting the Kayak

Often, you will need to travel to reach the best kayaking spots. There are many factors to consider when transporting the kayak. First, you need to place it a roof rack. When doing this, place it so that the cockpit is facing the roof of the car. This will prevent the sides of the kayak from getting damaged.

Then, use ratchet straps to attach the kayak to the roof. Because these straps are flat and soft, they won’t dent or scratch the boat. Make sure that the ratchet straps are tight enough to safely transport the boat. You can test this by wiggling the kayak in the straps. It shouldn’t be easy to move. While this the perfect set-up for transporting the kayak, it isn’t suitable for long term storage. Eventually, the long-term pressure from the straps will dent the body of the kayak. 

Kayak Roof Racks

If you don’t have a big truck then you will need to get some roof racks to transport your kayak from your house to the river or lake. The TMS J-Bar racks come with mounting hardware and straps which really makes it easy to load and unload.

The only negative is the 75 lb kayak weight limit. There are some kayak’s, especially fishing pedal kayak’s that can weigh over 100 lbs, so make sure the racks you select suit your needs.


Kayaking is a popular past-time, with many people enjoying the opportunity to explore rivers and lakes. However, during some times of the year, the weather doesn’t allow kayaking. We looked at how you can store your boat correctly during these times. By following these tips, your boat will last a long time, allowing you to enjoy many of the best kayaking adventures. So, improve the way you store your kayak today.

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Russ Egan

Russ is an avid fisherman. He has fished all over the world for more than two decades, primarily for saltwater game fish but also for local trophy fish. Russ writes reviews for all of his fishing gear to help others achieve their own fishing goals. There is nothing I prefer than heading down to my local tackle store, buying the latest fishing reel, and taking it to the water to test. My favorite reel is a Shimano Curado Baitcaster. My dream is to catch a Black Marlin.