Canoe Storage and High School Physics

Monday, September 29th, 2008
Usually I say that I’m the worst handyman on the planet, but this time I did something pretty handy! I wanted to hang the canoe from the ceiling in the garage, first to take it off the floor and get it out of the way, and second so I could just drive into the garage and either drop it on the car or hoist it up out of the way. Call me lazy.

I wandered around the hardware store for an hour imagining what I could do with different things, and walked out with two 4-foot PVC pipes, some pulleys, hooks, and rope. And a stud finder, which Erik later ruined by dropping into the toilet. He had fun for awhile walking around making it beep. No idea why he thought it should get flushed away.

And there you have it, super easy canoe storage that you can pull up with one hand!

Some simple pulley action doubles the lifting weight, and splitting it up over both sides means you just have to pull 5 pounds to lift the canoe up to the ceiling. I can easily walk under it without it being anywhere near my head — which also means I can just drive the car under it and drop the canoe straight onto the racks. What a time saver.


2 comments on “Canoe Storage and High School Physics

  1. Trish says:

    This is AWESOME! They have systems at the outfitters that cost like a bazillion dollars and you did this for chump change!

  2. boyirish6 says:

    Can you put a list of the parts you used with sizes and what not. I am looking to do the same thing. What did you attach to the ceiling and are hooks holding the pullys?

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