How to store your Hornbeck
Strap canoes to the crossbars using 1″ nylon straps with padded stainless steel cam buckles. Pass the strap under the far side of the bar, doubling it over the hull. Double loop the free end around the near side before tensioning it through the cam lock buckle.
Excess strap webbing must be trimmed so as to not reach tires; melting the new end. Loose ends can be tied off or looped under the strap.
Bow lines limit sideways bow movement in the windstorm created as a vehicle runs down the road. Loop two individual ropes or straps around the front grab bar and attach to the vehicle to limit side to side bow movement and backwards hull slippage. Web loops tied to the frame just under the hood are more secure and wider attachment points than hooks under the bumper and prevent ropes from rubbing paint.
Double cut foam blocks suffice to carry a single hull on a vehicle with factory roof racks. The blocks are positioned on the cross bars, and the rails slipped down into cross cuts. Strap the hull down as above, using double bow lines.
A canoe may be strapped to vehicles without roof racks using the same foam blocks. Two straps run through the car doors or rear windows (open the doors before running straps through). Position the blocks directly under the straps and use double bow and double stern.
Ratchet buckles are bulky, heavy and not padded, this can lead to damage to your boat and/or the vehicle. They use a mechanical advantage to tighten making it easy to over-tighten the strap and damaging your boat.
The best option is to use a 1" wide polypropylene strap like the one from NRS. The rubber coated cam buckle allow for controlled tightening that won't slip with easy release. Avoid cheaper nylon straps as they will absorb water and stretch when wet allowing your boat to loosen
If you have a good knowledge of knots and some quality rope then there’s nothing wrong with tying down your boat with rope. A well-executed trucker’s hitch allows for enough tension to secure a boat without overtightening.
If storing outside, place in a shaded spot and cover with a thick and durable tarp that is loosely tied down, protecting the boat yet allowing for some air flow. It is best to tie the boat and the tarp down independently to protect from gusts.Again, keep the boat off the ground. If storing in a snowy area, regularly remove snow during the winter to prevent damage from excessive weight.
A self standing rack is great for outdoor storage.
covered with a tarp
This is the most ideal outdoor setup. A tarp keeps the sun and weather off in such a way that still allows air flow. If the tarp is touching the hull, water spots can appear. The steep angle also prevents snow build up and, remember to strap your boat down. Wind can throw your boat across the lawn.
Shaded side of a building
The least ideal option but still better than being left out. Consider getting a fabric boat cover
Keep your boat safe
Deter theft by storing inside if possible. If you must store your boat outside, keep it hidden, covered, and secured with a sturdy cable lock.
Read this article for more details on preventing theft of your boat
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