Ski Rack question

Chuck_DickeyChuck_Dickey Posts: 1,462 Crazy Baller
I just bought a lake home and am wondering if anyone has any suggestions for ski racks they use on their dock. I have a nice smooth sidewalk from the garage to the dock, so I'm going to add wheels to what ever I build. If you have any pictures or drawings, will you please post them here.


  • rq0013rq0013 Posts: 572 Solid Baller
    We use a solar powered Polaris Ranger EV. Put the skis and gas tanks in the back and drive it to the lake. quiet and charges all day, havent used a regualr power grid in over a year.
    Rob Quetschke
  • Chuck_DickeyChuck_Dickey Posts: 1,462 Crazy Baller
    I meant something like a stick built rack, maybe "A" frame to hold 4 or 5 skis and maybe wetsuits and vests.
  • Nick SullivanNick Sullivan Posts: 676 Baller
    edited October 2012
    An A Frame sounds easy and would do the job just right. You could even make it so it could fold up flat by lifting the cross brace at the base by the wheels and scissor it shut to store someplace when not using it.

    Nice looking lake! Where in CA are you located?
  • xratedxrated Posts: 506 Solid Baller
    I'd be interested to see what people have as well. Currently the skis just sit on a picnic table down by the dock while the suits and vests hang between two trees. An OK setup but with other people and other peoples savage children running around I don't like the idea of the skis sitting on the table waiting to be wrecked....dang savages already wrecked a perfectly good hammock.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,874 Mega Baller
    @chuck_dickey sweet looking view you have there!
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • skihartskihart Posts: 535 Solid Baller
    Nice spot!
  • FrankSFrankS Posts: 169 Baller
    I dont know about making ski racks but that is a heck of a view/lawn/lake that you have.
    Swervin'... It's what I do
  • aswinter05aswinter05 Posts: 363 Baller
    No advice or experience with ski racks here.... just had to comment on that spot! Looks like an incredible place to ski. Very nice
  • colo_skiercolo_skier Posts: 784 Solid Baller
    @Chuck_Dickey, Looks very nice. No more quarry skiing? BTW any room in the roof of the lift cover for ski stuff?
    Not sure I know what I am doing. The boat goes I follow. Trying to perfect the deep water start. Squirrel!
  • Chuck_DickeyChuck_Dickey Posts: 1,462 Crazy Baller
    I'll still ski at the Quarry, the members there are great folks, but only as a moocher. Actually, I'll just trade them rides at my new site, I may have a waiting list!

    No room in the rafters of the dock for ski storage, the rafters are are all finished off with with paneling, recessed can lighting, speakers and a ceiling fan This was done as well to keep birds from nesting in the rafters. There is access for any needed repairs through crawl space but that's limited.

    I want to be able to easily roll a ski rack into the garage when were finished skiing as well as keep the skis and wetsuits off the deck. I want to build something that will be highly functional and complement the surroundings. So, I guess I'm looking for a ski rack / gear organizer. Any ideas are welcome.
  • ToddFToddF Posts: 604 Solid Baller
    Buy one of those sheds at costco. a couple of them look nice and you can have your stuff in there protected from the weather as well. Easy to install. I guess it would depend on the HOA's but could work.
  • Chuck_DickeyChuck_Dickey Posts: 1,462 Crazy Baller
    Can't/wouldn't block other owners view. The house is set back from the lake, garage and shed are farther back from the house. I need something I can put on wheels to rollout to the dock from the garage.
  • InthedayIntheday Posts: 167 Baller
    I would try to find one of these wood carrying trolleys and adapt it suit.
  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    @Chuck_Dickey Everyone at Hancock just uses golf carts to get their gear to the dock. A NICE push cart is a great idea. If nobody comes up with anything, this may have to turn into a design contest. Hmmmmm.... ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,874 Mega Baller
    Just thinking out loud, but what if you had brackets mounted on the side of your dock on the horizontal surface. Down low would be a flat surface with a little depression for the back of the ski to settle into, up a little higher a modified C shape that acts like a sleeve holding the ski upright. Would not require rolling anything, does not obstruct view, and takes up no dock floor-space. Skis simply fit right in the slots. Could color match to dock.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • MickeyThompsonMickeyThompson Posts: 179 Baller
    I agree with Than.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,525 Administrator

    this is what i use in my office

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  • GAJ0004GAJ0004 Posts: 1,095 Baller
    In my boat garage I put up standard shelving hardware, and instead up putting up shelves I covered the supports with pipe insulation to protect the skis. The skis themselves essentially become the shelves. For ropes, vests and wetsuits I cut some 1 by 6 boards and drilled holes in them and put in steel screw hooks, and bolted them to the joists in the ceiling. I spaced the hooks so nothing hanging from them are touching so they have enough space to dry out if I am not able to get them dried out before putting them in the garage. The vests and wetuits are all hanging from the hooks on hangers, and the ropes are hanging from their rope keepers. I also make my own wetsuit hangers. I will put pipe insulation on the hangers, and then cover some of them with bubble wrap for the heavier stuff like drysuits and barefoot suits. I also have a couple of plastic jars bolted to my rope rack. The lids of the jars are bolted to the ceiling, and just open and close the jars to take them down. I store all the small miscellaneous parts for the boat and skis in them. I have 3 spots on the wall of the garage for hanging boat keys too.
    Gary Janzig Streetsboro Ohio, skis at Lake Latonka, Mercer Pennsylvania slalom,trick,kneeboard,barefoot
  • Chuck_DickeyChuck_Dickey Posts: 1,462 Crazy Baller
    I need something I can put on wheels to rollout to the dock from the garage. I have all the storage and racking in the garage but its much more stuff than we would on one day. I don't want to build a ski/gear rack that stays on the dock when I leave the lake and trips back to the garage from the dock every set is too much.

    I want to build a tack that will hold three to four sets on gear that I can load in the garage and roll it out to the dock.

    Any ideas welcome.
  • GAJ0004GAJ0004 Posts: 1,095 Baller
    Design and build what you think could work, and put casters on it.. My dad has built 2 storage cabnets for the garage, but he has them on casters so he can move them if he needs to.
    Gary Janzig Streetsboro Ohio, skis at Lake Latonka, Mercer Pennsylvania slalom,trick,kneeboard,barefoot
  • AggieSkierAggieSkier Posts: 200 Baller
    edited November 2012
    Looks like you could build hotel style valet cart that incorporates four 2 ft x large dia vertical PVC pipes to hold skis. Padding the top of the tubes. You would also have a convenient way to move gas cans, an ice chest or tool box as needed.

    Take a 1" strip of velcro and secure it to the frame. I use a 1" x 12" strip in my storage shed horizontally stapled across the edge of a shelf. Makes a great place to stick drying ski gloves.
  • jefflymanjefflyman Posts: 111 Baller
    Chuck we have a similar setup. We keep the cheap starter skis old slalom stuff in wooden well vented boxes at the doc that are also seats, built in one day 15 years ago. Each skier carries their own special ski from the car garage 300 feet away to the dock every time. Way to easy for a boat to pull up to the dock at night cut a lock and steel good stuff.
  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    Casters are kind of unstable, hard, rough, loud and horrible to use on anything other than a perfectly smooth floor. Maybe a couple of bicycle wheels at one end with handles at the other like a wheelbarrow would be nicer in practice ... or even pneumatic wheelbarrow wheels. ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent
  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,713 Mega Baller
    Reviving an old discussion here. I’m working with the guy who builds Rocker Racks ski racks for snow skis and snow boards, to build them for water skis. They are pretty cool, as is, but you have to take the padding off the tines and can only be held fin up. I’ve given him some measurements so hopefully I can try them soon. Heres the link to his site.
    This is my current rack

  • teammalibuteammalibu Posts: 1,121 Mega Baller
    Not sure I would hang my skis like that, what would I do with my other 27 skis?
    Mike Erb Cedar Ridge Canton Miss.
    Horton is my hero
  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,713 Mega Baller
    edited March 2020
    @teammalibu it seems the best option for small space. I can screw this to a post in the boathouse. If he builds me a set, spaced properly for water skis, the padding on the tines is more than sufficient. Honestly, I wouldn’t have considered leaving the skis I did put on it without the pads except the pressure on them is so light. I am not going to hang my ski with the MOB boot/release setup on this iteration, as there is a weight/pressure relationship that would concern me without padding. With padding, I’d feel totally comfortable hanging any ski on it. It just looks like a very simple solution to a storage problem. Otherwise we have my other rack(s) which I’m sure look more like yours B)

  • teammalibuteammalibu Posts: 1,121 Mega Baller

    Mike Erb Cedar Ridge Canton Miss.
    Horton is my hero
  • WishWish Posts: 8,423 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited October 18
    Bump. This popped up in my FB feed. Have no idea if it’s lagit but it looks good and it’s cheap

    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 3,446 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited October 18

    Okay for bulk storage but not recommended for everyday use.

    So whatever happened to @Chuck_Dickey ? Haven’t heard from him in a while. Chuck, you still alive?
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
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