Hanging Boats

The fall-out from the move is nearing completion.  I am continuing to clear the garage of all the stuff that was unloaded from the storage sheds when we moved.  The plan is to have the 3 garage bays completely clear for 1 car, 1 boat, 1 working space.  Towards that end, I’ve moved the kayaks and windsurfer vertical.

The job was pretty simple.  I got some heavy hooks with rubberized coatings and screwed them into studs.  (I actually have a studfinder that works!)  Then used some rubber straps with adjustable holes so the kayaks are hanging just on the rubber part.

Before:

Kayaks on the floor

Kayaks on the floor

After:

Kayaks on the wall

Kayaks on the wall

The bottom two are pretty easy to get to, but the blue kayak on top is a two person job to get it up there.  I guess that’s OK since the only time I’ll need it is when I’m going kayaking with a second person.

The box at the bottom left of the “after” picture is the car top kayak rack.  I may just leave it in the box right there, or I may wind up hanging it too.  We’ll see.

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Kayak adventure

I went kayaking today.  Until I get a waterproof camera, I’ll not be able to post any action pictures.  I did take a picture of the kayak though.

kayak

kayak

It has a nice feature.  There is a rudder at the back of the boat that drops down into the water (it’s in the up position in the picture) and helps stabilize the direction the kayak goes.  It keeps you from doing that wobbly back and forth motion as you paddle.

I went out for a couple of hours and visited Clam Bayou right near my condo.   It turns out that Clam Bayou has LOTS of clams.  Pretty unexpected huh?

It was very peaceful.  I’m definitely going to have to go back with fishing gear.  For my first time in a Kayak I didn’t want to overload myself.  I had all sorts of worries.  Like, “If the wind starts blowing too hard, will I be able to get back?”, and “If the tide goes out and the water gets too low, will I have to walk back and drag the kayak across the mud in my bare feet?”.   It’s tough doing something new by yourself.  Fortunately, I used to teach canoeing at Boy Scout camp, so paddling was not an issue.

I floated out in the bay and watched the sun drop towards the horizon until I could see the sun was about to set.   It was a nice excursion.

2012-03-20 sunset

2012-03-20 sunset