Simple Folding Stands for Kayaks and Dinghies
is almost trivially simple and can be done with endless variations, but
I'm posting it to help prevent any more "consumer moments" than
necessary. You can go out and buy things like this, but it's a fast
project that can be accomplished with scrap material (or mesh slings you can buy here) and an hour or two
Mesh Slings for SaleDue to the tricky sewing and exotic fabrics involved in making a proper sling that will neither hold moisture against the kayak hull nor induce deformity by concentrating the load over too skinny an area, we have decided to produce these here in the Pacific Northwest and make them available via web order. The cost is $27.50 for a PAIR, plus a flat $2.00 for shipping regardless of how many you want (one pair is a 4-ounce package in a poly bubble envelope, and costs us about $2.00 including the mailer; for larger quantities, keeping the shipping price the same is our way of offering a quantity discount without the complexities of a PayPal shopping cart). The mesh is blue; tunnel colors are assorted.
For each stand, you'll need to locally acquire the PVC and bolts as specified above. A pair of stands will support any kayak, including doubles, and has been tested here in the lab to 250 pounds (a week loaded with a 2x10 board stacked with concrete blocks had no discernable effect on the slings). We have recently (November 2009) changed the design slightly to maximize the sling's ability to conform to hull shape; by removing the edge binding shown in some of the photos (which was largely cosmetic anyway), we have made certain that loading on the hull is as uniform as possible.
The "Buy Now" button below will allow you to purchase a package of two slings via PayPal. Washington state residents will be charged sales tax. If you want a huge quantity, need more than one for international shipment, or have special requests, please get in touch directly.
We can easily take Visa/MC directly by phone/fax/mail (or even a check the old-fashioned way) - please email for contact info if you prefer this instead Paypal.
Cheers and thanks from Nomadic Research Labs!
Update on September 8, 2013: We are temporarily out of stock during a lab-move transition... please note that if you order, there could be a delay of a few weeks in shipment (I'll acknowledge in any case, and either refund your payment or ship sometime in October). Sorry for the inconvenience, and we hope to be back in operation soon!
Kayak Stand Mesh Slings - $27.50/pair plus a flat $2.00 First Class Mail regardless of quantity - a single pair is usually a 3-ounce pagckage.
Made in the USA
Martha in Arlington Heights, Illinois:
Thanks so much for providing the directions and the slings for the stands on the Internet. I was investigating storage options for my Necky Looksha and Perception Tribute and I was horrified at the price tags. Google led me to your much more reasonable solution.
Logan in Richmond, Kentucky:
Hey, special thanks for the mesh to make the kayak stands. Finally got around to making them not too long ago and they work great on keeping my two Hobie Revo's up off the ground. Thanks again!
Jerome in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey:
What a great and practical solution to the boat sling problem. The ones I have been using cost $100+ each. That gets impractical after a while.
Scott Kafer in Odessa, Florida:
The whole project took about one hour to assemble -- a slow and easy pace. My hardware store cut all the PVC to length making the overall project move right along. Also, I'm not sure you need to cement the joints, mine is merely press-fitted and works just fine. FYI, my sit-on-top tips the scales at 52 lbs. Another good point to note (with use of the stands), you can rinse off and dry your kayak prior to placing same on a roof rack -- thus sparing the car's paint from the hazards of salt water and sand. That's important to note since many folks shy-away from roof racks due to the issue of salt water and sand. Thanks for a great product! Your stands cost much less than half of what I've seen in kayak stores -- and the quality and build is superior!
John in Northport, New York, writes:
Got the mesh slings, and put the stand together following your instructions for supplies: 1,2,3. Easy as pie. They're great. Thanks! I'll spread the word.
Here's John's Hobie Adventure Island on the stands, with a Hobie kayak cover: