Making your own canoe stand

Anybody have tips on making your own canoe stand out of PVC? Thanks.

Submitted by Dog_paddle on Sun, 08/14/2005 - 10:59pm

Hey can I also get the Pics e-mailed to me as well please? Mahalo

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#1 Thu, 09/22/2005 - 3:09pm

I would also appreciate getting the pics. Thks.

#2 Thu, 09/22/2005 - 5:03am


Fuji makes a great OC-1 and soon an OC-6 cradle.. welded aluminum, light, folds flat and super strong!

#3 Mon, 08/15/2005 - 7:28am

I have three styles made out of PVC. I can tell u which design yields the strongest stand and which one isn't worth a plug nickle. I'll take pictures of them and add them here in a day or two.

#4 Mon, 08/15/2005 - 10:39am

I've attached two photos of the PVC stands that I have and labeled them A, B and C. All of them are inexpensive and easy to build. I made A and B and was given C. My comments on each of the designs are as follows:

A - This is the strongest design IMO. Even friends who kick your butt paddling will still want you as a friend so they can wash their canoe on your stands. Paddlers who own these stands are proud to use them to wash their canoes and are proud to let others use them too. Paddlers who kicked your butt on the run will often wait as much as 20 minute for you to finish the run just to use your stands. Strong, durable, hard to blow over in heavy winds and doesn't rock back and forth.

B - This design is compact, but not as stable as A. These stands have a tendency to rock back and forth during windy days or when used by wax-on-wax-off, gorilla-type boat washers. These stands have collapsed on me from the rocking. On windy days, I lend these stands to friends who don't wait for me at Black Point.

C - This design definitely makes a statement about the paddler and his canoe. It says, "Hi, I'm not really a paddler, I just like to look like one; and my canoe has yet to see water." This design is impractical, cumbersome, non-collapsible and a total waste of money on PVC. Use this design to permanently mount your canoe for display purposes only.

Hope this gives you some ideas

#5 Thu, 01/25/2007 - 9:49am

Thanks for e-mailing the pics!! I was thinking about making 2 squares linked together, but your stand would use less material. :D

#6 Wed, 08/17/2005 - 10:10pm

yeah Snarfblat....thanks for the pics. Kinda hard to believe the X shaped stand is the most most stable. When I went to the hardware store, I bought the precut pieces, and making the X shaped stand was faster and easier. It also turned out to be really solid. Placed some foam on it and it was great!!!

#7 Thu, 08/18/2005 - 6:21pm

hi, could someone email the pics of the stand you built....I just got my new canoe and I'm looking for some ideas.


#8 Tue, 08/30/2005 - 9:40pm

Can someone pass the pictures on to me as well?


#9 Mon, 10/03/2005 - 1:11pm

Please send me the photos as well.

Thank you in advance.


#10 Sat, 10/08/2005 - 1:40pm

FYI, photos of the stands have now been attached to my original post.

#11 Thu, 01/25/2007 - 9:47am

Wow I was way off. I thought you meant a canoe stand like a keg stand. Wow silly me. No wonder I couldn't figure it out.

Snarfblat that basement looks familiar. I don't see the dust caked viper in the pics.


#12 Thu, 01/25/2007 - 11:27am

The old type camping chairs are cheap and do the job perfectly. Just buy two of the larger ones and a small one for the AMA. They conform to the canoe hull shape and look cool. See Pics.attached


#13 Thu, 01/25/2007 - 12:32pm

Hey snarfblat,
I made a stand with your A design. The only difference is that I have a 2 inch strap over the top on which the boat rests and it keeps it from collapsing instead of your white rope underneath. With your V design I'd be a litlle concerned about squishing da boat. Otherwise great design, light and collapsible.

#14 Thu, 01/25/2007 - 4:21pm

Great stand Snarfblat

Thanks for posting the pictures a while back, I have forwarded them to several people, including kayakers, who have really liked the design. I think the "V" design for the hull to rest is actually more stable than a piece of strap. I put pieces of foam pipe insulation around the upper sections of the "X', and it pads the hull and also grips it when washing or waxing. Whenever I set the stands up, they always get interest from others.
Thanks again!

#15 Fri, 01/26/2007 - 9:04am

The straps probably craddle the hull more uniformly than the X design. The only problem I found with the straps is that the canoe tends to move a lot when when I'm wiping it down after a wash--sort of like putting your canoe in a hammock. I guess its not a problem if you don't dry your boat. I find that the X design doesn't place an inordinate amount of stress on the hull because the canoes are relatively light to begin with. They also hold the canoe, firm. BTW, I've also used the X stands that you see in the pic to hold my 70 lbs. fishing kayak with no problem. It all depends on the size of the PVC you use.

Here's a couple of things I recommend you to with your X stands:

1) drill small drain holes at the bottom of each of the tubes that makes contact with the ground. Water sometimes makes it way down there while washing the boat or while the stands are sitting in the back of my truck;

2) Buy pipe insulation---the type used to insulate hot water pipes, from your nearest hardware store and put them around the top half of the X stands as padding. Wrap the insulation with plumbers tape (not electrical tape); and

3) Use stainless bolts and washers with a nylon lock nut so that the nuts don't work themselves free with use. Regular nuts and bolts rust with constant exposure to salt/water.

Poopoo, the dust-caked Viper is not in the pic. because I gave it to the Smithsonian Institute after it turned into petrified carbon fiber due to non-use by its owner.

#16 Fri, 01/26/2007 - 10:13pm

Could someone please forward the pictures to me, too. I've just moved back to Hawaii and I want to have the stand built before my canoe gets here.



#17 Sun, 02/03/2008 - 9:54am

me too pleazzz


#18 Mon, 02/04/2008 - 5:57am

i hope snarfblat doesn't mind me posting his photos... read his original post for instructions..

#19 Mon, 02/04/2008 - 6:42am

Started out with a "B" design pair. Pretty useless. Built an "A" design pair. Totally stable. As long as there is pipe insulation on them for padding, there is no way that they will damage your canoe.

#20 Mon, 02/04/2008 - 7:34am

I got all the stuff today and made two 57 $ and made the (A) set nice, one of them rock a bit no sweat, once the canoe is on it touches. I should have used a drill press for the holes.

on the top when I was fitting the pipe insulation I left 1.5 past the top. slit it with a knife several times folded the pieces over and taped them down and it made a nice top's

thanks real cool horses

#21 Mon, 02/04/2008 - 5:52pm


some finishing options for the top's

#22 Tue, 02/05/2008 - 1:35pm

if you cap the end of the base pieces, it should make it more stable since it'll be the same width at the T-joint...

also the only change i made was to make the base pvc pieces of differing lengths on either side so that it lines up when it's closed...minor.

#23 Tue, 02/05/2008 - 1:41pm

Mulus I hope you used stainless steel bolt and nut.

#24 Tue, 02/05/2008 - 4:32pm

nice job, Mulus. I hope the tape you used is durable. I know that plumbers tape is plenty strong for outside use and for dealing with salt water. I leave my stands in the back of my truck and its been going strong for 3 years now without the need for any refurbishment.

As Dacho said, putting caps on the ends will keep the stands from rocking back and forth.

#25 Wed, 02/06/2008 - 5:03pm

They did not have caps and told me to come back in a week. and I got stainless steel nuts and bolts.

Thanks. It spruce up our place where we wash our canoes.

#26 Wed, 02/06/2008 - 5:23pm

Hi all, I used the pictures from here as a guide to make stands. There was no how-to so I made a write-up on making the stands. The how-to is at:

Hope someone will find it useful.

#27 Wed, 03/26/2008 - 2:58pm

Definately the definitive set of instructions for constructing stands.

#28 Wed, 03/26/2008 - 5:11pm

Nice job! Totally professional. The only thing missing is a picture of a buff girl/guy in a swimsuit/trunks cradling the folded stands in her/his arms at the end for marketing purposes. :)

#29 Thu, 03/27/2008 - 2:01pm

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