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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2021 8:38 am 
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I plan on transporting and storing my new Compass hull side down on an 8' plywood deck trailer
Should I be concerned about storing on a flat surface or the 2' overhang at the bow and stern of the 12' kayak?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2021 10:35 am 
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You can store your kayak upside down resting on two crossbars. The rails of the kayak are very stiff and can support the weight easily. Padded crossbars will reduce the chance of any scratches or marks on the rails.

If you must store it right side up, use cradles or something that is shaped to the contour of the hull. If the kayak is resting right side up with little to no support, this puts the entire weight of the kayak on one point on the bottom and possibly cause a flat area to develop.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2021 5:53 pm 
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understood
thank you


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:10 pm 
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I'm still waiting for the arrival of my 2021 Compass Duo, and am preparing a sling system for hanging it from the ceiling of my garage. The two slings are 2" wide straps. I realize that the standard recommendation is to hand it upside down so that the weight is borne by the side rails. This is in the 2020 Hobie Compass manual (page 18).

But, I might get a nicer fit in my storage area if I hang it on its side. Bearing in mind that I have 2" wide straps, is it acceptable to hang it on its side? If so, are their stronger points in the hull (with bulkheads or firewalls) that give greater strength for storing on its side?

Thanks for any advice.

–Gordon


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:28 pm 
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Polypropylene plastics are capable of warping especially when they are repeatedly heated and cooled.

The kayaks are basically hollowed out bubbles on the sides and bottom. They were thermoformed, so the plastic was originally heated and then cooled to give it shape. While they are made stiff and durable plastic, putting any sort of long term pressure on the weaker sides, with temperature fluctuations which naturally occur, will eventually cause damage.

Same goes for anything made of polypropylene like Home Depot buckets. While sitting upright - no issue. But fill it with sand, turn it to its side and hang them by straps along the body —overtime the stressed points will begin to warp.

So basically yes you can hang the kayak from it’s side, but in the long term with factors like heating and cooling, it will eventually cause damage. Just my understanding.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 5:59 pm 
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Yes, I realize that they can deform over time. But, what I’m wondering is if there are ribs in certain spots that make them less likely to deform quickly. After all, the manual recommends hanging the boat upside down on the basis of the rails being stronger and not as likely to deform.

Having said that, if the rails do deform while upside down, it wouldn’t affect the performance of the boat very much. A similar question arises as to any deformation that occurs on the side when stored on its side. The deformation would be mainly above the waterline.

—Gordon


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