How to Make My Own Kayak Ceiling Hoist

by Melody Gould
Don't leave your kayaks lying around; install a ceiling hoist and get them off the ground.

Don't leave your kayaks lying around; install a ceiling hoist and get them off the ground.

Gain valuable storage space that your kayak takes up, sitting there on the garage floor, by installing a ceiling hoist for your kayak. This easy, do-it-yourself task will not only give you the satisfaction of having completed it, but you also will be rewarded with that now-empty floor space.

Determine the placement for the hanging straps on your kayak. The best location for the straps varies by kayak. You want your kayak to hang straight and be evenly balanced. Place the straps around your kayak and measure the distance between them.

Locate the joists in the ceiling of the garage from which you would like to store the kayak. Using the distance you recorded in step 1, mark on the ceiling where you plan to locate the front and back pulleys. Make sure that you leave enough clearance space in the front and back of the pulleys for the front and back end of the kayak.

Make sure to use a secure knot. It has to sustain the weight of the kayak so it does not fall.

Determine which section of the pulley system is the back. It is normally the section that does not have the locking mechanism on it. Thread a bit of the rope through the hole in the back piece and knot it securely so it does not slip or untie.

Attach the pulleys to the ceiling joists where you marked, using the screws that came in the pulley kit. For the back pulley, make sure the knot is closest to the rear of the kayak. For the front pulley, make sure the locking mechanism is closest to the front of the kayak.

After checking the knot once more, thread the unknotted end of the rope through a hanging clip, then through the back pulley. Reposition yourself so you can reach the front pulley. Thread the rope through the front pulley system and the remaining hanging clip, back up through the front pulley and down through the locking mechanism.

Using the screws provided, mount the rope cleat to a nearby wall or post. Do not cut off the excess rope.

Lower the hanging clips and attach them to the straps that are positioned around the kayak. Slowly, pull on the rope to hoist the kayak up. If you positioned the pulleys in the correct directions, the locking mechanism will grip the rope after every pull so the kayak does not fall down.

Once you have the kayak fully raised up, wind the extra rope around the rope cleat to store. Do not cut the excess rope; it is needed when it is time to lower the kayak.

Items you will need

  • Measuring tape
  • Drill and bits
  • Pulley system
  • Straps

About the Author

Melody Gould has been writing since 2004 for various websites. She has a degree in accounting and is currently pursuing a dual Associate of Science in computer programming/design and Internet service technology.

Photo Credits

  • colorful kayaks on beach by turquoise waters image by Christopher Meder from Fotolia.com