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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:21 am 
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I had a semi crazy idea to get large culverts and bury them along the creek bank to store our kayaks in. It would be right by our floating dock so should be really easy to pull them onto the dock or back up into the culverts for storage. The culverts arrived today but I've not buried them yet. I wanted to share the idea and see if anyone else had any thoughts or tips.

The large culverts are 36" interior diameter. I plan to cut them to create 3 culverts, something like 17', 15' and 8' feet matching the size of various kayaks.

I also have a smaller 12" culvert to store the sailing mast of the hobie island.

One question already is the Hobie Compass is being supported fully by its sides against the culvert vs. the bottom of it. You can see in the pictures below that it looks like its floating in the middle. It is still easy to pull in & out like this but do you think it would damage the kayak? I could put a piece of plywood or something else to create a floor halfway in the culvert for the compass to rest on and probably store a smaller kayak or other equipment underneath that.

Here are pictures of everything so far.

https://imgur.com/a/8EDBLtt


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:18 pm 
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I collected a culvert a few years ago near the water and discovered that it was actively used by the local animals for shelter. They make an ideal den. If you bury one end, your boats may be sharing space with local critters -- something to keep in mind.
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I suspect your compass will eventually dent where the hull rests against the culvert. That part of the hull is not reinforced or designed to support the weight. Keep a close eye on it. 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:07 am 
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Wow! Great clean up! I usually end up with a few pieces of floating debris by the end of my trips but nothing like that!

I've read a few warnings about critters, my initial thinking is that it would be kind of fun to see them and could show the kids. I've thought about putting a swinging fence door to cover the open end of the culverts but I'd prefer as few steps/barriers to accessing the kayaks as possible. If critters do become an annoyance then I could add that later on.

I only had the compass in the culvert for a couple hours. The other kayaks I've tried so far are not as wide and sit much nicer on the bottom. Any ideas on good ways to create a floor/support for the compass?


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