Dockside Kayak Lift & Storage Rack –
Dock Entry

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You can’t enter your kayak because the waters to deep? That’s why you enter your kayak from the dock, and why the DS series Dockside Kayak Rack is for you.

If not; check out the Kayak Dock Rack & Lift – Water Entry.

Watch the Waterside VideoWhy Choose The DockSider?

  • – It’s Neat, Convenient, and Affordable!
  • – Save Valuable Dock space!
  • – Minimize Rain entry!
  • – Lift directly from the water!
  • – Lift with a fraction of the Kayak weight!
  • – 2 Mounts to choose from, Bolt-on or Clamp-on styles.
    Learn more below.

Dock Racks are made from Aluminum and also available in Stainless Steel – Perfect for Floating Docks in Salt Water Harbors!



Kayak Dock Rack & Lift – Enter From Your Dock

“The DockSider” Dockside Kayak Storage Rack | Dock Rack is designed for the user that enters their Kayak from their Dock or Pier.

If your water is shallow; you should consider the Kayak Dock Rack & Lift – Water Entry. This Kayak Dock Side Rack model is designed for those users that enter their kayak from the water.

The Dockside Kayak Dock Rack, a patented product, is made of Architectural Marine Aluminum with Stainless Steel hardware. This combination of materials is preferred to withstand your fresh water marine environment.  It is also available in all Stainless Steel (Bolt On Mount Only) for Salt Water Applications.

“The DockSider” Dockside Kayak Dock Rack is designed with the “user” in mind:

  • It’s easy!! 3 Easy Steps – just “Load, Lift and Store”. Just rotate the Kayak Cradle handle downward toward the water, Float your Kayak in and center to load, and then lift your Kayak into the storage position. Some say “Launch, Load, and Store”!
  • Save Valuable Dock | Pier space as your Kayak Storage Rack holds your kayak on the side of your Dock | Pier. Preventing your Kayaks from being obstacles on the way to the end of the Dock.
  • Convenient; Your Dockside Kayak Rack is right where you need it; promoting more frequent usage. Saves wear on tear on you and your Kayak as you don’t have to lug it to and fro!
  • Lift with a Fraction of the weight! Due to the unique leverage and patented Dock Rack design, the user lifts their Kayak directly from the water. The lift starting at approximately 80% of the weight in the loading position (an 80lb kayak feels like 64lb). In the Storage position, the user needs to exert only 30% of the Kayak weight (an 80lb kayak feels like 24lb). Yes, the higher you lift, the force required lessens! There are latches you turn to keep the Dock Rack in the storage position.
  • Minimize Rain Entry! As you lift your Kayak in the Dock Side Kayak Storage Rack, your kayak rolls over with the cockpit angled downward in the storage position. (Customers say, “After a downpour, the inside of my kayak was not even wet!”)
  • It Adjustable! Does your water level change from Spring to Fall? The slot and pin design allows the user to easily adjust this Dock Storage Rack to accommodate water levels of 10 – 36 inches from the Dock Decking surface!
  • Your choice of Mounts! All “DockSider” Kayak Dock Side Rack models offer two mounting options for your Dock or Pier (Bolt On and Clamp On). Each Dock Mount style is straight forward and easy to install in minutes. See details under Mounting Types.


specs_loadingKayak Storage Rack in loading position

Waterside Kayak Rack Dockside Kayak Rack
Lifting Weight
(% of kayak weight)
60% Max 80% Max
Rack Position
(distance below dock surface)
5 – 17 inches 5 – 9 inches
(dock surface to water surface distance)
10 – 36 inches 10 -30 inches


specs_storedKayak Storage Rack in storage position

Waterside Kayak Rack Dockside Kayak Rack
Lifting Weight
(% of kayak weight)
0% Min 30% Min
(distance kayak is stored above water, based on water level
5 – 20 inches 5 – 21 inches

Other Specifications

Maximum Weight 100 lbs
Maximum Width 34 inches
Finish Natural Aluminum, this will oxidize and will blend with the other aluminum components on your dock.
Warranty 1 Year Limited Warranty
Other Tool marks are present on the surface of the material. These do not affect the structural integrity of the Docksider. As the material oxidizes,these will fade.



There are two mounting options for this kayak rack: bolt-on and clamp-on. Deciding which type you like is a matter of preference and dock type. Please review the following information.

Mounting Types

Bolt-on mounts:

  • Requires bolting into your dock or pier
  • Designed for wood or composite decking – not for aluminum decking
  • Fits deck that is 1″ to 1.5″ thick
  • Has 2 slots to provide for vertical adjustment to meet different water levels

Read More: Bolt-on Mount Dock Configurations Guide

Clamp-on mounts:

  • Tool-free method of installation
  • Requires that you can access underside of dock
  • Works on wood, composite, or aluminum decking
  • Docks must have side height less than 7.5″
  • Truss-type docks must have decking-to-bottom-rail height of 10″ or less
  • Fits deck that is 1″ to 1.5″ thick
  • Has 2 slots to provide for vertical adjustment to meet different water levels

Read More: Clamp-on Mount Dock Configurations Guide


What materials are used in making your products?
All structural components are made of architectural grade or aircraft grade aluminum.
Hardware is typically stainless steel.

How much force is required to operate the Docksider Models?
The force required to lift and rotate your kayak into its storage position is dependent on the weight of your kayak and the Kayak Storage Rack you choose.

The Dockside Operation Kayak Storage Rack – DS Series
Shortly after you start to lift you will reach the maximum lifting force which is equal to approximately 80% of the weight of your Kayak. The lifting force will then decrease until you reach the storage position of your Kayak; at that point the force required to hold the Kayak and Kayak Rack in place is approximately 25% of the weight of your Kayak.

If you have a 50 lb kayak;
– The maximum lifting weight is approximately 40 lbs.
– To hold your kayak in its storage position, the force required is approximately 13 lbs.

Can the Dockside Model be also be operated from the Waterside?
Dockcraft Industries does not sanction the use of the Dockside Operating Models by operating from the water. The only reason for this is one of safety. As the Dockside Models want to rotate back into the water before they are latched, the concern is for the operator loosing their grasp and having the kayak and rack rotate back and causing injury to the operator.

Why can’t the Surface Dock Mount be used on aluminum decking?
As the Surface Dock Mount requires the customer drilling a hole in their aluminum dock decking, typically not very thick. DockCraft Industries does not want to be responsible for any structural damage that may occur.

What size Kayak will fit the Docksider?
We have tested numerous models of Kayaks in our Dock Mounted Kayak Storage Racks. Kayak maximum weight of 100lbs has been determined .
Kayaks with widths from 22 inches wide to 35 inches wide have functioned successfully. Kayaks with lengths of 6 ft to 18 feet have functioned successfully.


7/9/2016 – Gina, Wisconsin
Hi!! Just got kayak lift installed!! Love it!! I had my Tommy dock installers install it as they were in the water anyhow. A new dealer, Owen Jones, just bought Tommy Dock brand in Wisconsin. Just thought I’d pass along name as the installers were so impressed with your lift!!     Thank you!

7/8/2016 – Clayton, Virginia – Dock ide Kayak Rack
“My wife, Bette, really loves it,  She no longer has to haul it up onto the dock and then flip it over.  Previously, when on the dock, she had to turn it over and slide it into the water scraping the bottom of her kayak.  She was also very surprised at the ease of pulling her kayak into the storage position.”

5/17/2015 – Chris, Wisconsin – Dockside Clamp On Kayak Storage Lifts
“The Docksider kayak lifts we purchased from you have made kayaking so much easier and fun.   The Docksider lifts have greatly simplified the process of storing our heavier Hobiecat Kayaks when not in use and also getting them back into the water safely and with ease.  We love them.  Thanks!”

4/20/2015 – Bill, Wisconsin – Dockside Bolt On Dock Mounted Kayak Rack
“Great American Product” – a great way to store our kayak!

4/19/2015 – Mike, Michigan – Dockside Clamp On Kayak Lift and Launch
“Bravo on the lift design! I am very impressed. So much that I would like to purchase another one. I work in the tool and die business designing and fabricating automotive checking fixtures that check production car parts for tolerance variation and quality. I usually try to come up with my own designs but I have to admit you have a winner!”

6/23/2015 – Scott , Florida – Dockside Bolt On Kayak Storage Rack
The unit works Great – Thanks for a Great Product!

5/8/2014 – Jim, Missouri – Dockside Bolt On Kayak Rack used for SUP
Installing the Docksiders went well and here are some pictures of the installation with our paddleboards “at home”!  Thanks!

4/10/2014 – Scott, Georgia – Dockside Bolt on Kayak Lift and Launch
Actually installed the day after it came. Easy and works as advertised! Thanks.

10/12/2013 – Mark, Kentucky – Dockside Dock Mounted Kayak Storage Rack
Fixed!  All I did was adjust the straps to the kayak after it was in the proper
position as you suggested.  Seems to work just fine now, and my wife has
already tested it.  She is elated.  Thanks for everything.
It’s good to see a business that stands behind their product and provides excellent customer support. I think you’ve gone echelons above any business I’ve ever purchased from.  Almost wish that I could do it again!

8/21/2013 – Jenny, Georgia – Dockside Dock Mounted Kayak Storage Rack
The dock rack arrived last Friday as promised in perfect condition.
My husband put the rack up this afternoon and it works just as I’d hoped it
would!  It was very easy to install and I look forward to using my
kayak without having to lift and carry it.

7/29/2013 – Rich, Idaho, Dockside Stainless Steel Kayak Storage Rack
We installed the Docksider today and it works great. Thank you.

7/21/2013 – Patty, Minnesota, Dockside Kayak Storage Lift
Great rack for our kayaks – Thank you.

5/9/13 – Steve, New Hampshire, Dockside Kayak Storage Rack
Good Morning Ed; here is a photo of the installed Docksider with our kayak.  It was an early Mother’s Day gift for my wife who really has enjoyed it (it took her much longer to upload the photo than it did for her to put it to use.

3/26/13 –  Customer in Texas,   Dockside Kayak Rack
Ed, I installed both racks, just wanted to let you know they work great!

9/04/12 – Bob T. ,  California, Stainless Steel Kayak Dock Storage Rack
Love your Kayak Dock Rack! Your product was relatively easy to install, was just as you described, and everything works perfect! A buddy of mine came by yesterday to go kayaking with me, and he thought it was the most innovative rack/launch he had ever seen & could imagine. My wife loves the ease of launch as well…I love NOT having to struggle/carry them from my garage down the ramp to the dock, and then muscle them in & out of the water. Back up the ramp, back to the garage….! It really is so much easier to have them right at the dock, ready to launch/pivot up & down! Again, thanks, & I will recommend this to anyone I know who has kayaks & dock! I would suggest to you to send info about your rack system to major on-line kayak dealers! This is a no brainer, best in-class solution I have seen, period! Stainless Steel makes it a perfect solution for saltwater harbors/docks. I think the Stainless Steel gives extra strength to everything too! Feels rugged/strong!

5/30/12 – Jeff F. ,  Michagan, Aluminum DockSide Kayak Storage Rack   
Thanks!  I installed the rack last weekend and it has survived some strong winds.  So far so good.

3 reviews for Dockside Kayak Lift & Storage Rack –
Dock Entry

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Clayton Gove

    “My wife, Bette, really loves it, She no longer has to haul it up onto the dock and then flip it over. Previously, when on the dock, she had to turn it over and slide it into the water scraping the bottom of her kayak. She was also very surprised at the ease of pulling her kayak into the storage position.” Smith Mountain Lake, VA.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Loren Anderson

    Docksider DS100 works very well for our Hobie Cat 13′ kayaks, and they have made both launch and docking so much much easier — now a one-person job. Also protects kayaks from scratching — keeps them high and dry! Assembly instructions are a bit confusing, but pictures show the way . . . Overall, we are very pleased.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jim Thomas

    “The videos on the website sold us on the Dockside Kayak Storage Rack when we saw how easy it was to use the rack to lower, raise and store a kayak on a pier/dock. Dockside’s unique system separates them from other racks which only store kayaks (no loading assistance). During installation of 2 racks for our Perception Pescador 10.0 kayaks, I received great customer support from Ed when I had to make a small modification to one of the racks. Thank you for the outstanding product and service!” Lake Hamilton, IN

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