Kayak Maintenance: Keeping Your Watercraft Good as New
Finding the right kayak for you can be tricky, but the challenge does not stop once you get a hold of the right one. Rather, it is just the start. Part of your responsibility as an owner is to make sure your kayak is in its top shape. You can do this by maintaining it properly by all means possible.
MFI Service Bodies recommends using a roof rack boat loader to transport your kayak properly to and from the water. Remember the golden rule: Never drag it on the ground. Its thin exterior can cause holes on your kayak.
Keep the original form and color of your kayak by storing it up right or hang it on its side. This is the recommended type of storage as those are the points in the craft with least amount of stress. It is also recommended to store it inside and keep it away from elements to keep it looking like new.
Protect from elements
Storing your kayak indoors is the most effective way to protect it from natural elements like the sun’s UV rays. Spray the outside of the kayak with UV protection spray at least three times a year to keep it looking like new and cover it with a tarp or kayak cover when not in use.
Always wash your kayak and keep it clean, especially if you kayak in the salt water. Salt water can cause easier corrosion in your kayak. Washing it regularly can help you inspect for holes and damages.
Do not wait until it’s too late before you patch that hole or repair any damages whether big or small. Immediately repairing any kind of damage can preserve your kayak better and let you have a safer kayaking experience.
What are you waiting for? Print this list and hang it in your kayak storage to serve as a guide in keeping your kayak always looking good as new.