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Bell Wildfire (Royalex)

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Mad River Independence (sold)

Wenonah Prism (sold)
-cane seat installation
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Custom portage pads

Seat-mounted portage yoke

Outside canoe shelter

Inside canoe storage



Canoe Storage in the Garage

I have three canoes that live outside and another six that live in the garage. The inside boats all have wood trim and keeping them out of the weather preserves the finish.

Following are a few pictures showing how they're stored. They are in a standard two-car garage with a couple extra feet on each side.

To begin with, here are two boats placed across the width of the garage. Since this picture was taken they've been moved closer and a third boat added between the garage door opener and the light bulbs. It's snug.

Mad River Eclipse and Bell Wildfire


One boat is hung lengthwise to the right of the ones in the first picture.

Bell Wildfire


On the other side of the garage two boats are hung piggy-back. There are two brackets below the hangers (one of which has a red jacket on it) that hold the lower boat while it's being prepared for storage. These brackets fold against the wall when not in use.

MorningStar waiting to be lifted


The lower boat is now in place.

Cedar Strip Prospector and Bell MorningStar


Another shot of the double hanger. If you look closely you can see the snap shackle on the end of the lower boat's hanging line; that eliminates the need for messing with knots.

Double hanger closeup


Except for the bottom boat in the piggy-back arrangement, all this is done with ropes and pulleys. This shot shows how each hanger is made. The wood pieces are 2x2's, the ropes are 5/16" braid, and the pulleys are heavy-duty Ronstan sailboat blocks (purchased for about $4.50 each from - but they're up to about $8.50 now) - not the lightweight hardware store variety. I believe in safety, and each hanger supports at least 170 pounds, well below the rated strength of the Ronstan pulleys. Hardware store pulleys are rated at about 30 lbs.

On the first couple of hangers I made, both 2x2's were the same length, which caused the boats to wobble badly; i.e., their initial stability was very low. With the top ones shorter, they hang level.

Canoe hanger


Here you can see the hangers in use. The eye hooks are screwed about 2" into the ceiling joists and support my full weight. They're angled so the ropes come out of the pulleys straight toward the turning blocks (see below).

Hanger in use

Hanger with boat


This shows a hanger, two turning blocks, and a cleat. The cleats are screwed about 2" into the wall studs.

Turning blocks


And another shot showing how two boats' hanger lines are cleated on the wall (there are now three sets on that wall).
Yes, that's a bird house.

Hanger lines and cleats


Close-ups of the cleating:

Cleats closeup

One cleat

I never leave a boat with only this amount of wrap on the cleat. I always take another turn and half-hitch on the cleat.

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Last updated June 20, 2011
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