Let me give you a little background of what I was looking for. I wanted to store my kayak at the ceiling of my garage. I looked at different storage methods on the market. Many are comprised of a pulley system. The issue I had with these systems is they left your kayak hanging down a good distance from the ceiling. I wanted mine to “hug” as close to the ceiling as possible. I then began looking for DIY methods and came across several that looked appealing. I decided to give them a try with maybe a few of my own nuances.
I purchased four anchor points (pictured below). They each have a rating of about 100lbs. I screwed two to the ceiling where the bow of the kayak would be located and two where the stern would be located. I made sure to leave a space between each set of anchor points. I attempted to make them about the same width of the kayak but was unable to do this exactly because I wanted to make sure that I fastened the anchor points to the ceiling rafters.
Next I purchased two cam buckle straps (pictured below). I bought the longest set I could find at the time. I needed them to be able to reach from the floor to the ceiling when doubled in half. This will vary for each person depending on the height of your ceiling and to be honest I don’t remember exactly what length I bought, maybe around 16’-20’. I then hooked each end of the cam buckle into each set of anchor points to form a “sling” from the ceiling to the floor of the garage.
To use this method, all you do is place the bow and the stern of the kayak in each sling when they are closest to the floor. You then pull the tag end of the slings to raise the kayak. You want to make sure you bring it up in a “see saw” motion, one end at a time. This will prevent one side being raised to high, causing the kayak to slide out of the slings. I will say the kayak has a tendency to turn on its side but I normally make adjustments as a go. When the kayak is about shoulder height, I just push one end of the kayak to the ceiling and pull on the tag end of the strap, which normally cinches it close to the ceiling. To let the kayak down, I follow the same procedures. Just make sure when you press the release on the buckle you maintain tension on the tag end of the strap. Otherwise the kayak will come falling down. The nice thing about this method is I can lower the kayak onto the bed of my truck. Also, when it is rigging time I just lower the kayak to about waist level which provides a nice work platform.
I hope this sheds some light on how I store my kayak. It may be a method you try or may give you some ideas for your very own. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below. Also, if you have any other similar ideas I would like to hear them. Maybe it is something that I can use to improve my method.