The Ultimate Guide to Kayak Dock Racks

Are you tired of the hassle of storing your kayak? Looking for a convenient solution to keep it safe and secure? Look no further! In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about kayak dock racks. From adjustments to mounting options, we’ve got you covered.

Adjustments: Finding the Perfect Fit

One of the most frequently asked questions about kayak dock racks revolves around adjustments. Many people want to know how far down into the water these racks can go. Well, the Docksider dock rack offers four mounting positions with a pin and slot design. You can choose between 5, 9, 13, or 17 inches below the dock decking clevis pin. Remember, these dimensions refer to the distance below the dock decking where your watercraft is stored. Typically, the water level can be up to 20 inches below these dimensions.

But what if you want to mount the rack closer to the waterline? If you’re considering building an extension off your existing boat dock, keep in mind that the minimum freeboard distance from the waterline to the top of the deck should be 10 inches. However, you can always use spacers or build a platform to meet your desired height for boarding.

Dock Related Questions: Ensuring Compatibility

Another common concern is whether kayak dock racks can be mounted on different types of docks. Whether you have a wooden dock from Endres Manufacturing or a floating Metalcraft dock with aluminum decking and support beams, there’s a solution for you. For wooden docks, you can choose between bolt-on or clamp-on mounts. The bolt-on mount provides a fixed position, while the clamp-on mount offers more flexibility for relocation. As for floating docks, the bolt-on mount is the best option. Just make sure to add additional support for the metal decking.

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What if you have a poly floating dock? In this case, it’s essential to contact us for further assistance. As there are many poly docks on the market, it’s important to ensure compatibility with our kayak dock racks. Simply email us at [email protected] or give us a call at 585-734-7374, and we’ll be happy to help you find the right solution.

Locking Systems: Securing Your Watercraft

One of the key features of kayak dock racks is their ability to keep your watercraft secure. However, it’s important to note that the DockSider Kayak | SUP Lift & Dock Storage Rack doesn’t come with a built-in lock. But don’t worry! There are plenty of locking products available on the market that can be used with our racks. For personalized recommendations, feel free to reach out to us at 585-734-7374 or [email protected].

DockSider Models: Choosing the Perfect Fit

When it comes to DockSider models, we offer two options: the dockside storage mount version and the waterside storage mount version. Both models list for the same price and offer excellent support for up to 100 lbs. The key difference lies in their design and functionality.

The dockside model is ideal for users who board their kayaks or paddle boards directly from the dock. It features a tether strap to rotate your watercraft into the storage position while you’re on the dock. The dockside model also allows for easier maneuvering of your watercraft in and out of the loading position.

On the other hand, the waterside model is designed for users who board their watercraft while standing in the water. It offers the greatest leverage assist ratio, making it easier to lift your kayak or paddle board. Once in the storage position, your watercraft will be stable and won’t rotate back toward the water.

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If you’re unsure which model is best for you, don’t hesitate to contact us for personalized advice. We’ll be more than happy to help you make the right choice.

Dock Mounts: Bolting or Clamping?

When it comes to mounting your kayak dock rack, you have two options: bolt-on or clamp-on mounts. The bolt-on mount is more secure and doesn’t require access to the underside of your dock. It comes with Snaptogglers for easy installation, but you can also use lag bolts if you have structural members under the decking. On the other hand, the clamp-on mount offers more flexibility but requires access underneath your dock.

For concrete sea walls or railroad tie break walls, the bolt-on mount is the best option. Use concrete anchors for a secure fit. If you have any specific questions regarding mounting your rack, feel free to reach out to us at 585-734-7374 or [email protected].

Saltwater & Tides: Adapting to Different Environments

Many kayak enthusiasts wonder whether our racks can handle saltwater or tidal areas. The good news is that we offer stainless steel versions specifically designed for saltwater environments. However, the aluminum version also works fine with proper maintenance.

In terms of tides, our racks can accommodate water level changes of up to 20 inches. However, continuously adjusting the racks throughout the day may not be practical. The DockSider Lift and Dock Storage Rack is primarily designed for floating docks with approximately 15 inches of freeboard to the water.

If you live in a tidal river or a brine (saltwater) environment, make sure to contact us to discuss your specific requirements. We’ll be happy to provide further guidance and assistance.

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Watercraft: Finding the Perfect Fit

Now, let’s address some concerns regarding specific watercraft types. Whether you have an electric motor-powered kayak, a Hobie Mirage Oasis, a Hobie PA 12, or a 9 ft dinghy with a 3 horsepower motor, we have solutions for you!

For larger kayaks like the Hobie PA 12, it’s important to remove any removable features and accessories before loading them into the rack. This will ensure better weight distribution and balance.

If you have a wider kayak, such as the Hobie Mirage Oasis at 34 inches wide, it’s likely to fit in our racks. Thanks to the angled placement of the kayak, it can accommodate slightly wider watercraft.

As for length, our racks can handle kayaks up to 18 feet long. Some customers even store kayaks longer than 16 feet without any issues. However, if you have any concerns about stability, you can always bungee the bow and stern to the dock for added security.


With a kayak dock rack from East Coast Paddle Sports, you can say goodbye to the hassle of storing your watercraft. Our racks offer secure storage, convenient access, and peace of mind. Whether you’re a seasoned kayaker or a beginner, our range of options ensures there’s a perfect fit for every watercraft and dock type.

To explore our full range of kayak dock racks and accessories, visit East Coast Paddle Sports. If you have any further questions or need personalized assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us at 585-734-7374 or [email protected]. Happy paddling!

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