Now that we finally got our paddleboard, I keep it on the deck of the boat against the rail, the same as I’ve done with kayaks for years. Of course I have an older boat, and my decks aren’t in the greatest condition, and I got a BIC ACE TEC board, which is very durable.
If you have a newer boat, and are concerned about protecting your decks, or a fiberglass paddleboard that could easily get dinged on your deck or rail, there are a couple of better options.
SUPRAX Stand Up Paddle Board Storage System
SUPRAX includes 2 cradles that can be mounted on 7/8″, 1″, and 1 1/4″ rails. The clamps rotate so they can be mounted on angled stanchions. The racks are made out of anodized aluminum, and feature a foam pad along the inside to protect your board, as well as shock cords to secure your board in place.
They make an optional dual board add-on kit that allows the system to hold two boards, as well as wall mounts for using the rack at home. There is also a version that comes with a special bracket for mounting it on a pontoon boat.
They even make a similar rack for mounting kayaks, YAKRAX, that also comes with either the rail clamps or the pontoon boat brackets.
DocksLocks Security System
If you’re in an area where theft is a concern, DocksLocks is a system designed specifically for locking up paddleboards and surfboards.
It includes a stainless steel jaw that attaches to the leash plug on your board. If your board doesn’t have a leash plug it can also be attached to a provided cleat That gets installed in your fin box.
You can use your own cable and lock with the jaw, but it’s best to purchase the complete kit. The DocksLocks cable is a wider diameter, that’s designed to to fit the jaws tightly, which makes the system more secure. It’s available with either a key lock or a combination lock.
As with most security systems, this isn’t entirely full proof, but it will at least deter a would be thief, more than not having your board locked at all. I used DocksLocks myself, to lock my board to the rail on my boat for a few days, when I left town town to take my freediving class.
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