The Docksider line of Boat Dock Mounted Kayak Storage Racks was designed by my husband Ed. We are lakefront owners on beautiful Canandaigua Lake, one of the Finger Lakes, in Upstate New York.
One day after a kayaking jaunt a relative commented, “Kayaking is fun and relaxing but, what a nuisance it is to get the kayak in and out of the water!!!”
That comment stuck!
We began to observe our storage situation as well as that of our neighbors:
- Kayaks occupy most of the dock width which made it awkward for us, our family and friends to wind our way to the end of the dock when we were not kayaking. This is especially true for those of us who have more than 1 kayak.
- Watching family members and neighbors lift kayaks from the water to the dock was at times quite amusing – that is, if you have a somewhat dry sense of humor!
- We have “Sit In” type Kayaks and after a rain, it was always a nuisance turning the kayak over to drain, then turning the kayak back over and then, launching the kayak for a ride.
We started looking for Kayak Storage Racks that would address these issues, but there were NONE to be found!
Then the “light bulb” went on!! We had an idea – a concept!!! In the summer of 2009, our first prototype unit was installed on our dock – IT WORKED!! Our relative was thrilled!
In 2010 we converted the design to “aircraft/architectural” aluminum, reviewed the numerous types of docks that needed to be considered, talked with various retailers and then finalized our product mix.
We also developed a conversion kit to change The Docksider Kayak Rack into a Kayak Wall Mount Rack.
Realizing the task at hand, we networked with accredited manufacturing suppliers (who supply parts and assemblies to several Fortune 500 companies) to supply our products.
We are now ready to provide you, our customers, with a Kayak Storage Rack that mounts to your dock and a Wall Mounted Kayak Rack conversion kit.