There are some great places to go canoeing in and around the UK but most people don’t canoe all year long. You have to store your canoe away in the winter months but just throwing it into the garage or a spare bedroom will shorten the life of your canoe. Canoes need proper storage and safe keeping so when the time comes to hit the water you are ready to go. Here is how to properly store your canoe.
How To Store Your Canoe
There are plenty of places to store your canoe that will work just fine. You can keep it inside the house during the winter months to keep it away from the cold weather. Storing it outside can leave it vulnerable to critters who will make it their winter home. If you have a wood canoe you need to be particularly careful. The thing about canoes is that they can take up a lot of space and space can be at a premium. If you have a garage then you have the perfect place to store your canoe without it getting damaged or trying to store it in your living room.
If you do decide to store your canoe in the garage the best way to do that is to hang it up. This leaves you with more floor space to park your car and you don’t run the risk of running over your canoe by accident when trying to park your car. If you have a small lightweight canoe then you can lift and hang it fairly easily but if you have a bigger canoe then you will need a system of pulleys to lift the canoe for you. You can hoist the canoe with the pulley system and you can then anchor the ropes to the wall with a cleat. Here is how to hang your canoe in your garage.
Overhead doors are common on most garages but even if you have overhead doors you can still store your canoe in the garage while keeping it off the floor. You can either move it to the back of the garage beyond the garage doors. If that isn’t possible then you can hang your canoe from the wall.
However you decide to store your canoe is completely up to you but you want to make sure that you keep it safe from the elements. Storing your canoe outside or even on the ground of an unheated garage can damage it, especially a wooden canoe. If you take care of your canoe you can enjoy it for years to come.