When you carry a lot of toys like we do on One Love, you need a way to conveniently and safely store them. In the case of the two kayaks that we have on board, we have, up until now, been lashing them to the stanchions on the side decks. While this is secure (as secure as the stanchions), it takes me 15 minutes to tie each one and at least a third of that time to untie them. This is not so good if we have guests wanting to access them several times per day. A solution needed to be found.
We have come across several boats with special racks that allow the kayak to be carried outside the lifelines. While not perfect, I thought that they offered a good solution for our situation. The trick was getting them. With Michael’s girlfriend Julie due to fly here from Denver on Saturday, we contacted Garhauer Marine on Friday morning and asked if they would be able to overnight two sets to Colorado so that she could stuff them into her suitcase. They said no problem and even better, they made it happen!
Julie arrived last evening and as soon as she left the airport we whisked her away to Hooters so that she could watch her beloved Broncos play football (they won). Once back on the boat we got to inspect our new kayak racks and before setting off from St. Thomas this morning, we were able to install them. I have to say that our early opinion is that the racks are perfect. I believe they offer a good blend of security and access, just what we need for our charter operation. It will be nice to have our guests be able to access the toys with a minimal amount of effort.
Old way, lashed to the stanchions.
Racks without a kayak.
Racks with a kayak. SUP attached separately inside the stanchions.