How to Build Your Own Boat Stand

Written by bryan hansel | 13/05/2017
How to Build Your Own Boat Stand
Get your boat off the ground with a boat stand. (Canoe Grouping image by Brandon Hildebrand from

If you want to prevent your boat's finish from getting scuffed or scratched while storing it or while working on it, you need to get it off the ground. Setting it on carpet-covered sawhorses works to get it off the ground, but the boat rocks back and forth while working on it because the sides aren't secured. Building your own boat stand out of PVC gets your boat off the ground and, because the boat wedges into the sides of the stand, it prevents the boat from swaying.

Cut the PVC pipe into four 2-1/2 foot cross braces and eight 1-1/4 foot feet.

Glue a PVC T-joint on the end of each cross brace. Follow the instruction on your PVC cement to ensure proper usage.

Glue a foot piece into each opening on the T-joints. When finished, you will have four T-sections that look like "T"s.

Glue PVC pipe caps to the end of each foot. This adds a finished appearance to the boat stand, but isn't necessary for function.

Drill a 1/2-inch hole through the centre of each cross brace. Drill so the direction is parallel to the feet.

Run bolts through the centre holes of two T-sections to tie them together. Place washers on each side to prevent the bolt head and nut from pulling through the PVC pipe. When finished, you'll have two stands. Each consists of two T-sections joined together at the centre.

Drill a hole between each centre hole and the foot on each T-section. Drill so the hole runs perpendicular to the T-section's foot. On each stand run a 2-foot section of rope between the holes of each T-section. This prevents the stand from spreading while holding a boat.

Glue pipe insulation over the top of each T-section. The insulation protects the boat's finish.


Adjust the width of the stand for different size boats by changing the length of the rope.

Tips and warnings

  • Adjust the width of the stand for different size boats by changing the length of the rope.

Things you need

  • Saw
  • PVC pipe, 1-1/4 inch
  • PVC cement
  • PVC pipe T-joints, 1-1/4 inch
  • PVC pipe caps, 1-1/4 inch
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, 1/2-inch
  • Bolts, 3/8 by 4 inches
  • Locknuts, 3/8 inch
  • Washers, 3/8 inch
  • Rope, 3/8 inch
  • Pipe insulation

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