How to Store a Canoe in a Garage [3 Ways]

When storing your canoe in the garage, you don’t want to simply store it on its side and call it a day.

The best way to store your canoe in the garage is upside down, on its gunwales, and out of sunlight’s reach. Garage storage options include hoists, overhead racks, and wall hooks.

As long as you store your canoe with the tips you find below in mind, it’ll be safe and sound for years to come.

If you want to find out more on how to store a canoe in a garage, continue reading below.

Let’s get into it.

Is it a good idea to store your canoe in the garage?

Storing a canoe in your garage is a great idea. When you store your canoe outside, it may get damaged from the sun, rain, or any elements that it may come in contact with. Your canoe will also be protected from any animals that may chew through the plastic/fiberglass.

When storing your canoe in the garage, you want to ensure that it’ll be out of the sunlight. If you don’t have anywhere that is in the shade, you can utilize a weather-resistant tarp. Without a tarp, your canoe may be in danger of damage from humidity.

If your canoe is stored inside of your home, it’ll also be out of harm’s way. If a thief comes across your canoe in the open, they may snag it from under your nose. It is a good idea to look into proper garage security options so that your belongings and you are extra safe.

3 Ways to Store Your Canoe in a Garage

Canoe Hoist

The best way to store your canoe is going to be with a hoist. The hoist will keep your canoe off the ground and prevent any damage from being on its side or stored flat. It also utilizes overhead space so you won’t be needing to find a spot in your garage to store your canoe.

It’s super affordable and will keep your canoe off the ground from any damage. If you’re worried about it being damaged from humidity, you can put a tarp over it as well to ensure longevity.

If you’re handy, you can even DIY this option with a few items from your local hardware store.

Storage hooks

Another great way to store a canoe will be on storage hooks. The benefit of hooks is that you can store them on your wall rather than take up space in the middle of your garage. You’ll be able to keep them there indefinitely until it’s time to take them out for a swim again.

It’s also going to keep your canoe out of sunlight so you won’t have to worry about it being damaged over time. Make sure to store your canoe on the gunwales to avoid distortion. If you’re looking for a heavy-duty option, then the best overhead garage storage racks may be the right play.

Ceiling Rack

A canoe ceiling rack is going to be another great option, especially if you have more than one canoe. It will let you store them upside down (75 pounds per side) which will prevent damage. Installation doesn’t require any additional hardware and comes with exactly what you need to install.

A ceiling rack is going to give you the option to keep your canoes out of sight and out of mind. It is the priciest option, but worthwhile if you want a hassle-free option.

How to Avoid Damage to Your Canoe During Garage Storage

When storing a canoe in your garage, make sure to follow these rules so that your canoe doesn’t get damaged.

  • Store your canoe out of sunlight
  • Store your canoe on the gunwales rather than on the bottom or its side
  • Don’t stand your canoe on one end
  • Don’t keep it near a heat source like an electric garage heater, furnace or water heater
  • Don’t store your canoe from the ends
  • Don’t store your canoe upside down on the ground

Final Thoughts

As long as you take the proper precautions, your canoe will be safe in your garage. It’ll be out of any thief’s radar and out of sunlight’s way.

If your garage is disorganized and you have no room for any of these storage options, check out this garage organization guide to help you clear the way.

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I'm Roy, founder of Hack My Garage. I started out like most not knowing how to hammer a nail, but now I know more than most people about home improvement and DIY. I want to spread my wealth of knowledge with the world and hope to make it a better place.