How To Measure Your Boat

How To Measure Your Boat

Want to know how to measure your boat? To start, measure 3 feet out from the center of your boat in both directions. Then, measure those areas represented by “A” and “B” in the diagram. Place the boat on the floor and measure up to the gunwale – the top edge of the boat.

Once you have that information, you’ll be able to have a firm understanding of which brackets work best for your collection of boats and how far apart the brackets should be.

Generally speaking, you’re likely to place them 80 inches apart since that’s where the studs will be. In most construction, studs are placed at 16-inch intervals.

Canoe Roost, 40 in. or less at the beam.

Kayak Condo, 28 in. or less at the beam.

Kayak Tilt, 14 in. or less at point B

Woodlands W2000 Tilt Cradle Starter Kit 1, 12 in. or less at point B

Woodlands W2001 Deep Hull Cradle Starter Kit 2,  27 in. or less at the beam.

how to measure your boat kayak storage sizing chart talic

How to use this chart

The Talic Kayak Storage rack chart can help you determine the ideal spacing for your canoe or kayak storage brackets. The dimensions listed are approximate, so your results may vary. By using this “How To Measure Your Boat” chart, you can help ensure that your kayak is stored safely and securely.

The dimensions we have displayed are not absolute, because the shape of your boat is a factor that we can not account for.

Length of boat (in feet)
6 – 8 8 – 10 10 – 12 12 – 14 14+
Distance between posts (in inches)
48 64 80 96 112

A good rule of thumb is to think of your boat as two halves. You then want to support the middle of each half. The reason for having them further apart is more about the stability of your boat than its weight distribution. Kayaks are built to withstand a lot of pressures. What you DON”T want to do is focus all the weight on two small areas. For example, saw horses or metal brackets with little or no padding. But, because you’ll be using Talic brackets with 2-inch wide webbing, that won’t be a problem!

Still have questions?

If you have any questions about how to use the How To Measure Your Boat chart, please contact us. We’ll be happy to help you choose the right brackets or calculate the placement of the brackets you have. With our experience, we can provide you with the guidance you need to make sure you’re getting the most out of your purchase. We know that this can be overwhelming, and we want to make sure you’re as confident and comfortable as possible. Contact us today, and let us help you.

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