Kayak Rack

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Project by SplashMaster posted 12-19-2017 01:42 AM 1249 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This three tear kayak rack was built following Korey Atterberry’s free detailed plans (

Modifying the planes slightly I added a full ¾” sheet of plywood as a back panel inset in a rabbit. This panel greatly reduces any chance of the rack racking form side to side and it provided a large space to hang all the kayaking accessories such as paddles, PFD’s, and dry bags with quite a bit of room left over. The 2×4 frame was joined using half lap joints.

The kayaks on this rack are 11’ long by 31” wide and about 18” thick. The spacing left to right between the kayak supports is 4’ on center and vertically they are 32 ½” apart. I used ¾” plywood for the brackets because these sit-on-top kayaks weigh 57 lb each. For the brackets, I first made a templet and then used a flush trim router bit was used to make the 12 copies. All the edges were then rounded with the router. Also, instead of using pvc pipe/dowel as spacers around the bolts I used wood plugs cut out with a hole saw and ¼” blots instead of the recommended 5/16” bolts. The nylon straps are old wading belts that have been accumulating over the years. To save some height, 3” casters were used and it does roll around, but it is hard to move it in a straight line. Overall the rack is 51” wide x 28 ½” deep, and 8’ 3” tall.

The paddled holders were fashioned based on a commensally sold product design that I just free handed on a piece of cardboard until I had something that worked. It was then cut out of a ¾” plywood scrap and the edges were given round over.

To everybody’s surprise it is amazingly stable and doesn’t even appear to be tippy with just one kayak on top. To place a kayak on top it is easiest with one person in the middle setting it up and rolling it in place. I am 5’ 11” and can do this however anyone shorter would need a step stool. This rack has proven to be an excellent storage option and was built out of five 2”x4” and two sheets of ¾” plywood.

Also, large projects like this really make the shop feel even smaller lol.

Thanks for stopping by, until next time take care.

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#1 posted 12-19-2017 04:34 AM

Those are very nice Racks! Simple but perfect for the Storage use. Nice work Splash!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#2 posted 12-22-2017 04:36 PM

Hey, really cool! Great job.

-- Pete

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