How To Store A Kayak

How To Store A Kayak

Abigail ScottByAbigail Scott
Updated on 7/4/2022

Maintaining and caring for kayaks includes storing them. The way you keep your kayak is significant if you intend to store it for the winter and will not be using it for some time. You will learn the best ways to keep your kayak and maintain its condition.

Both indoors and outdoors are acceptable storage options for kayaks. It is essential to store a kayak off the ground and protect it from the elements, damage, and theft. In addition to not keeping the kayak flat for long periods, it should also be protected from extreme temperatures. Before storing the kayak, it needs to be cleaned.

It would help if you protected your kayak when it is being stored as much as possible since modern kayaks are not cheap. You will most likely suffer from poor storage in the off-season when you do not use your kayak often, and it is stored for the most extended period. Learn how to keep your kayak safely by reading these tips. There's a wrong and fitting way to store your kayak, so read on to find out how.

Which Is The Best Way To Store My Kayak?

It takes up a considerable amount of storage space to store a kayak. The best location to store their kayaks is a challenge for many people.

When choosing the right location for storing and protecting your kayak, location is not the only consideration. In keeping the kayak, it is essential to consider the following factors.

  • Place. It may be indoors or outdoors.
  • Weather. Extreme temperatures can damage kayaks.
  • Moisture prevention. Keep kayaks dry.
  • Keep kayaks structurally sound. Make sure you store kayaks in the correct orientation.
  • Avoid animal damage. Make sure you hold kayaks correctly to keep animals from getting in.

This article will discuss how you can store your kayak in a safe and organized manner to ensure it is in good condition for the next kayak season.

Indoor Kayak Storage

To keep your kayak protected from the elements and out of sight from would-be thieves, you should keep it indoors.

Even though indoor storage is the best option for storing your kayak, there are a few factors to consider ensure maximum protection.

If you are unsure where to store your kayak, find a place with enough space for its size and can be accessed easily. In addition, it shouldn't be in the way of other items in the room or any other activities that may be taking place in the room.

Don't let sunlight fall on your kayak through nearby windows for an extended period. Be sure that the space where you store your kayak doesn't get too hot or too cold.

There are many ways you can store your kayak indoors, including a mounting rack on your living room wall that makes it a functional wall-art piece while it is being stored or in your garage or garden shed.

Apartment dwellers may have basement storage, an excellent place for kayaks. Apartment dwellers could also rent a storage unit to keep their kayaks safe and secure inside their apartment.

In general, storing the kayak indoors is preferred over holding it outside, as long as the conditions indoors do not compromise the kayak's other storage needs.

Outdoor Storage Options

Kayaks must sometimes be stored outdoors, which is not ideal, and it is simply not possible to keep a kayak indoors for some people.

When storing your kayak outside, look for protected areas from the elements and prying eyes, such as under a deck or eaves.

If you have no other choice but to store your kayak outdoors, you should follow these precautions for long-term kayak storage outdoors.

  • Do not cover the kayak with a tarp. The kayak can become moldy if it is covered with a tarp, which traps moisture. The temperature can also rise under the tarp. The kayak should be draped over the tarp rather than wrapped in it.
  • It should be kept out of direct sunlight. Although you might think the winter sun does not have enough power to damage a kayak, this is not the case. It is still possible for the UV rays to damage a kayak's material.
  • The kayak should not touch the ground. The kayak should be raised off the ground to prevent dampness and better temperature control. On the floor, it is colder during the winter.
  • Be sure to remove the kayak's soft seats and materials. These items will be protected from being damaged, and mold will be prevented.
  • Close the cockpit of your kayak. A breathable material should be used to close the cockpit of sit-in kayaks. In addition to preventing rodents and creepy crawlies from getting into the kayak, this method allows moisture to escape.

A kayak should be stored outdoors on a kayak rack mounted to the wall of a building such as your house, garage, or shed. Kayaks are raised above the ground, which protects them from getting too hot or too cold, and prevents accidental damage from other activities in the garden.

Manufacturers of kayaks produce storage bags that are breathable but still offer protection. Whether you store your kayak inside or outside, such a bag is a good idea!

Keeping it safe from extreme temperatures when storing it 

A kayak should be stored in a cool, dry place, whether inside or outside.

High temperatures or shallow temperatures can damage a kayak's construction material, composite material, or plastic. Neither kayaks nor kayak accessories should be stored below 32°F or 0°C nor above 100°F or 37°C.

Kayaks should be stored indoors, away from heat sources such as boilers in basements, sun-heated walls, or windows that allow sunlight to fall directly on the kayak.

Use a rack to elevate your kayak off the ground or place it on bricks or timbers to elevate it off the ground when storing it outside. The kayak will remain from becoming too cold or hot with a covering such as a tarp or similar material.

To protect your kayak from extreme cold during winter, you should rent indoor storage. You can find this storage at many kayak clubs.

Keep Your Kayak As Dry As Possible During The Winter.

You shouldn't store your kayak in damp conditions, especially if you intend to keep it for a long time—the location of the kayak's storage.

Inwood and composite kayaks, especially in damp conditions, promote mold growth inside the kayak and cause the materials to degrade.

In addition to posing a health risk, mold growth in a kayak may cause the inside to smell unpleasant.

When storing your kayak, always make sure it is scorched and that its cockpit and storage compartments are free of residual water.

If you plan to store the kayak indoors, do not place it in an area where it will be exposed to steam or high humidity.

When storing the kayak outdoors, do not place it directly on the ground or in a place where it may get wet.

Here are some tips to protect it.

Material properties of kayaks typically include the ability to flex, which is often built into the design of the kayak's structure.

A kayak should not be stored upside down on the deck or right side up on the hull for prolonged periods due to the flex of the material. This method of securing the kayak can cause micro-fractures in the hull or deck, compromising the boat's structural integrity over time.

If you want to protect the structural integrity of your kayak, you should store it with its weight on the edge of the kayak. A kayak's most robust structure is the area with the slightest flex.

The best way to store the kayak is on a rack that distributes the weight evenly and allows it to be stacked on its side. Making a kayak rack out of PVC pipes is a simple project, or you can buy a commercial kayak rack.

Because of this ideal storage orientation, you should store your kayak in this manner, regardless of whether you keep it indoors or outdoors.

A kayak suspended from the roof cannot also be stored in straps. The straps around the kayak's hull and deck can cause damage to its flexible materials.

Kayaks should not be hung from handles or securing points. Kayaks' weight should not be supported continuously or for long periods.

Can You Store Your Kayak Vertically?

Some people stand their kayaks vertically to use new walls or corner space. Do you think this is an effective way to store your kayak?

Kayaks can be stored in this orientation since their sterns are usually rigid, robust structures. Since the bow is generally narrower than the stern, standing the kayak on the stern is better than the bow.

The kayak should be vertically positioned on its stern. To elevate the kayak off the floor, supports and padding can boost the part of the stern that is resting on the floor.

A simple bungee cord or a strap that is not too tight can be used to tie the kayak's body to a structure on the wall. The kayak cannot fall over this way.

You can attach the straps and bungee cords to studs you install in the wall or to a framework you manufacture and fix. If the pipes on the wall aren't heated, you can also secure the kayak to them.

Although kayaks can be stored in a vertical orientation, this storage method should only be considered a short-term solution. Wintering a kayak in this manner is fine, but keeping it for an extended period, such as a year or two, can damage it.

In this case, excessive pressure is placed on the kayak's rigid structure due to the weight over time. This can eventually distort the stern where the kayak's weight is supported.

Kayaks can be damaged by animals when stored.

If a kayak is not adequately protected when stored long-term, it can be subject to animal damage.

The interior of sit-in kayaks is beautiful to rats since it's a dry, safe place where they can make a home and raise a family.

These animals' urine and feces do not only pose a health risk to kayakers but can also produce an acidic environment that can damage kayaks.

Also, rats will chew the kayak and its components, which will cause unnecessary damage.

Keeping your kayak closed, including the cockpit of a sit-in kayak, and storing it off of the ground will prevent pests and other animals from getting in.

Kayaks should also be raised off the ground to prevent pets from accidentally damaging them by jumping on them or knocking them over.

Before storing your kayak, make sure it's clean.

It is essential to prepare a kayak for long periods when it will not receive any care. Before storing a kayak, it must be thoroughly cleaned.

Before washing or storing your kayak, remove all foam seats and other interior components. Mold can grow and thrive inside kayaks when these items absorb moisture during storage.

Kayak seats and other soft materials can be cleaned and stored separately from the kayaks, such as in a storage box in a closet or garage.

Clean water should be sprayed over the kayak to wash it. A sponge and dishwashing liquid in a bucket of warm water should be used to clean the kayak both inside and out.

Rinse the kayak with clean water once you have thoroughly cleaned it. Using a soft, absorbent cloth, dry the kayak thoroughly.

Drain the kayak completely by opening any drainage plugs and letting the water drain out. A cool shady place is an excellent place to air-dry the kayak before storing it. Before storing the kayak, any damp areas will be able to dry out properly.


Kayaking is often a seasonal sport, meaning that kayaks are stored during the off-season. Kayak storage is a topic of confusion for many people, resulting in problems and potential damage to the craft.

Kayaks should be cleaned before storage, and they should be stored in a dry and temperature-controlled location where animals and elements cannot damage them. You can keep your kayak in good shape by adequately supporting it during prolonged storage and preventing structural damage during kayaking season.