Kayak Dock Rack | Lift & Storage


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Kayak Dock Rack and Launch that lifts and stores your kayak dockside.

Available for entry from the dock or entry from the water.

Watch the Waterside Video

  • • Aluminum rustproof storage!
  • • Fits all different kayak types up to 34″ wide
  • • Saves dock space – mounts to side of dock
  • • Rack your kayak from the water
  • • Lever arm allows easy lift of kayak from water as a kayak boat lift
  • • Stainless steel option available for dockside rack – both rack and mount are stainless steel
  • • Made in the USA




Kayak Dock Rack & Lift

“The DockSider” Kayak Lift and Storage Rack is designed for the entry either by water or by dock.

Water Entry
If your water is shallow and you enter your kayak
from the water, the water entry rack & lift is right for you. 
Dock Entry
If your water is deep and you enter your kayak from your dock, the dock entry rack & lift is right for you. 

Due to being in a Marine environment; The Water Entry Kayak Dock Rack is made Architectural Marine Aluminum and Stainless Steel.

Because “The DockSider” Kayak Dock Rack is designed with the “user” in mind it has numerous customer features

It’s Convenient!
Your Dockside Kayak Rack is right where you need thus promoting more frequent usage. Saves wear on tear on you and your Kayak as you don’t have to lug it to and fro! As a kayak dock launch, the DockSider is easy to get out and put away.

Save Valuable Dock / Pier space!
Clear your Dock while your Kayak Storage Rack holds your kayak on the side of your Dock / Pier. This kayak cradle for your dock is ideal for keeping your kayak secure while not in use.

It’s easy!!
3 Easy Steps – just “Load, Lift and Store”. Easy because you Rotate the Kayak Cradle handle downward, Float your Kayak in and center to load, and lift your Kayak to store. Some say “Launch, Load, and Store”!

Lift with a Fraction of the weight!
Due to the unique leverage and patented Dock Rack design, using the Dock Craft kayak boat lift, the user lifts their Kayak directly from the water. The higher you lift, the force required lessens due to the design. As a result, The lift starts at approximately 60% of the weight in the loading position. An 80lb kayak feels like 48lb. Also, in the storage position, the user does not need to exert any force. The Kayak will stay in it storage position by itself.  There are latches you turn to keep the Dock Rack in the storage position in the event of high winds and inclement weather.

Minimize Rain Entry!
Due to lifting your Kayak in the Kayak Storage Rack, your kayak rolls over with the cockpit angled downward. As a result Customers write “After a downpour, the inside of my kayak was not even wet!”

It Adjustable!
Does your water level change from Spring to Fall? Due to the slot and pin design the user can 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 (Bolt On and Clamp On). As a result of the design 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.


Dock Entry

Water Entry


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 Waterside Operation Kayak Storage Rack – WS Series
Shortly after you start to lift you will reach the maximum lifting force which is equal to approximately 60% 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 0lbs (zero pounds) as your Kayak Rack is in a stable resting position.

If you have a 50lb kayak;
– The maximum lifting weight is approximately 30lbs.
– There is no force required to hold your kayak in its storage position.

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.


7/12/2014 – Joe, Wisconsin – Waterside Clamp On Kayak Lift
I received the kayak rack and installed it thus morning. I have to say I’m impressed, it works just like the video showed.

7/9/2014 – Sarah, Wisconsin – Waterside Clamp On Kayak Storage Rack
We bought one of your Docksider racks a couple years ago…. Our dock is a truss-style Floe dock, our kayaks are Old Town. I love how your rack works! Looking forward to my second one!

7/8/2014 – Greg, Ontario Canada – Waterside Clamp On Kayak Storage Rack
I installed the waterside Docksider this morning. The product is even better than I imagined it could be. Install was straight forward. Load and unload of my kayak was effortless. Here are some pictures for you.

8/5/2013 – Tom, South Carolina – Waterside Kayak Storage Lift
Here are the photos I promised of the units installed. They work great and we use them all the time. I am using them with the “Liquid Logics” Versaboards. Thanks for all your help. Please feel free to use these photos on your website or in any advertising.

7/21/2013 – Anne, Wisconsin, Waterside Kayak Lift
We received the rack on Friday as scheduled. We installed it today! It is very handy and easy for lifting the kayak out of the water.

7/9/2013 – Joan, Minnesota, Waterside Kayak Rack
Ed, Just a quick note to tell you that the kayak holders are awesome. I can’t believe how easy they are to use! Just what they promised and just what I wanted!

6/15/13 – Larry, Michigan, Waterside Kayak Storage Rack
We love the lifts. I purchased your lifts as my wife, being petite, routinely was having trouble lifting her Hobie Sport out the water and on to the prior rack due to the weight of the kayak. When lake levels dropped the reach was too much to handle. Your rack, dock mounted, works perfectly by both reducing the vertical lifting weight and allowing for modest adjustment to compensate for varying lake levels during the season. I found your design to be not only elegant but pretty simple (both in use & installation). I decided to try your approach before designing something and I am glad I did. Good job & you have a pair of happy customers!

5/27/13 – Sue, Wisconsin, Waterside Kayak Storage Rack
We finally set up the kayak racks (3). It took all of about 5 minutes to get them set up and we are VERY pleased!! They are sooooo slick!! Easy to install, easy to use. Thanks a million!!

9/04/12 – Mike M. , Minnesota, Aluminum WaterSide Kayak Dock Storage Rack
I just finished the install, it worked out well. I really like how easy it is to use, much better than trying to lift it onto a rack.

08/21/12 – Cheryl C. , Michigan, Aluminum Kayak WaterSide Dock Rack
The install went very well. I am very pleased with the ease of install and operation. Thank you for marking the straps–location was perfect. I will now use the kayak more because the rack makes it so convenient. Day after I installed, had a big storm with lots of wind, rain and rough on lake. Kayak did not budge and never wet inside. GREAT product! I have an Otter Kayak that I use occasionally. I may be calling to order another rack. Thanks again for everything and all your assistance. You have been wonderful to work with.

8/13/12 – Nancy & Steve, New York, Aluminum WaterSide Kayak Dock Rack
This is Great – I love it!

8/12/12 – Bill H. , New Hampshire, Aluminum WaterSide Kayak Dock Storage Rack
The rack works great – The install was easy – less than 15 minutes. I’m going to recommend this to all my friends.

8/12/12 – Mike S. , Minnesota, Aluminum WaterSide Kayak Dock Rack
The lift worked great – I just ordered a second one.

8/4/12 – Nancy C. , New Jersey, Aluminum WaterSide Kayak Dock Storage Rack
I’m 79 years old. The Docksider is so easy to use. Thanks!

8/3/12 – Steve B. , New York, Aluminum Water Side Kayak Rack
We are thrilled with our DockCraft kayak hoists (2)! The installation took mere minutes. The operation of them is very easy and has made our kayaking more fun. We have also been very impressed with the stability in some very strong winds. We highly recommend your product. Thanks!

7/29/12 – Damian D. , Wisconsin, Aluminum WaterSide Kayak Storage Rack
We got them installed no problem. They work great! Thanks for all the help getting them sized up…

12/12/11 – Chris F. , Connecticut, Aluminum WaterSide Kayak Storage Rack
Thank You for your attentive customer service on my order. It is Much appreciated!


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