Additional Mounting and Use Instructions for the KayaArm Kayak Launch at the dockwebbie2022-01-29T15:56:29+00:00
Kayak storage at dock
Install two KayaArms 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.
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