Kayak storage at dock:

  • Install two KayaArms (see www.kayaarm.com ) on your dock about 5 ft. apart. Set #1 KayaArm arm at the normal kayak launch/return height where the “V” is approximately just below the water and set #2 KayaArm arm height well below the water surface.
  • Maneuver your kayak onto #1 KayaArm as you would upon return from a kayaking excursion where the #1 arm is located forward of the cockpit and #2 KayaArm arm clears the aft bottom of the kayak.
  • Procedure for raising the kayak (or canoe) to the storage position onto the two arms:
    • From the kayak aft position grip the aft handle and slide the kayak forward to a position where most of its weight is temporary on arm #1. While balancing the kayak in that position with the one hand, raise the unloaded arm #2 with your other hand to several inches above arm #1 height and then slide the kayak in the aft direction to a location where it is sitting on both arms.
    • From the kayak fore positon grip the fore handle and slide the kayak in the aft direction to a position where most of its weight is temporarily on arm #2. While balancing the kayak in that position with the one hand, raise the now unloaded arm #1 with your other hand to a height matching arm #2 and then slide the kayak in the fore direction to a location approximately centered between the two arms.
    • The above steps #1 and #2 taken together comprise one lift. You may want to do a second lift by repeating steps 1 and 2 to raise the kayak to the desired height above the water.
  • Then optionally turn the kayak over and fasten it down onto the arms. Instead of using the bungie straps hooked into the KayaArm chain as shown in earlier photos, I now use ropes positioned snugly around the kayak and KayaArm mast fastened with a Nite Ize Figure 9 rope gripping device which can be purchased online or at a local hardware store (ie. http://www.homedepot.com/s/nite-ize%2520figure%25209?NCNI-5)
  • And in a northern climate where kayak winter storage is a need you can use the above two KayaArms for that too—see photos below

KayaArm Multi-Use Opportunities (2011-01-24) © Wirsig Enterprises Inc.