Art without engineering is dreaming;
Engineering without art is calculating.

Steven K. Roberts

Kayaking Goodies

I’ve been kayaking since 1992, and it was a paddling week in the Adirondacks that launched me on the convoluted Microship project. That expedition never quite materialized, but my love for kayaking has remained… I had lots of adventures with the geeked-out Bubba at left, and there’s an inflatable Hobie with pedal drive aboard Nomadness. It’s still my favorite way to play on the water.

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This has been our most popular kayaking item, since it saves a bundle of money with a little simple DIY. If you don’t mind cutting a few pieces of PVC tubing from your local home-improvement store, these slings yield effective kayak stands. The polyester mesh prevents trapping moisture against the hull (growth), and it readily adapts to any shape (preventing stresses that can lead to deformation in hot weather).

There is a page of assembly instructions, and you can either copy the idea and sew your own, or buy ours… it’s an easy decision unless you are already set up with suitable materials and an industrial sewing machine. With commercial stands costing over $100, this is a quick and easy alternative that has worked well for hundreds of fellow kayakers. (When you order quantity 1, you receive a PAIR of slings, needed for the two stands that support one kayak. The PVC and hardware you need to acquire locally.)

The photo at right shows the kayak upside-down, to prevent it filling up with water, but most folks keep them right-side up. Either is fine.

$32.50Add to cart

5 Comments

  1. Wilson Hart on March 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Hey Guys, looks like what I need. Cool idea.
    W. Hart
    Pensacola, Florida



  2. Tom Bindon on April 3, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I’ve been trying to figure out a better way to store my kayak. Wall hanging was not an option. I could not believe my luck when I saw this rack. It was a fun little project



  3. Terry Ford on April 23, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Hi guys.I reside in Australia. Do you send the kayak slings to Australia or just sell to your domestic market ?
    Cheers,
    Terry.



  4. Steve on May 2, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    HI Terry – sorry it took a week to notice your comment! Yes – we are happy to send to Australia. It looks like it is US$9.45 at the moment for a 3-ounce First Class Mail International package from here to there… I think the PayPal widget will let you edit the postage amount (if not, let me know here and I can send you an invoice). It has really gone up in the past year or so… sorry about the postage cost!

    Cheers!
    Steve



  5. Terry Ford on May 7, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Thanks for the reply Steve, I will be ordering a set from you in the next few weeks.
    regards,
    Terry.