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Kayak Care

If kayak care sounds like work, don't worry ... a little attention goes a long way. There are a few basic things to do and think about to keep your equipment in good shape and soon, it will be routine.

Then relax ... it's easy!

During Paddling Season

First - dragging a kayak on the ground will thin and weaken the kayak material or worse, create holes near the stern of the kayak that will have to be repaired, this is a not recommended!

UV Kayak Protection - just like your skin - you need to protect your kayak from UV sunlight and oxidation. It's a good idea to apply a coat of spray-on UV protection at the beginning and end of the season after it is clean and dry. You can find it at most sporting goods shops.

Cover - your kayak cockpit when you aren't using it - this helps to keep rain and critters out. Dry out the inside before you cover it to keep mold, insects and scum from accumulating.

In Season Storage - if you store your kayak outdoors just for the paddling season - there are several ways to properly store it - (don't forget to dry it out first).

  • Upside down - draped with a tarp that allows air to flow into the inside area - and raise kayak off the ground.
  • If you have a plastic kayak - it's best to store it on its edge to protect the hull formation and prevent kayak oil canning. In the alternative, upside down and supported on each side of the deck.
  • You can purchase a commercial kayak cover. These are the best protection from UV rays, insects and moisture (providing you make sure your kayak is completely dry before covering it). You can find one here: Here's where you can find a Kayak Cover.
  • You can easily build a simple stand with saw horses - by fastening wide nylon straps of equal length across each end of the saw horses - add padding where the hull will rest and set the kayak on its hull.
  • Alternatively, you can purchase a manufactured type of this stand. These are basically a set of scissor-type stands that fold when not in use - they are referred to as "sea horses".
  • If you are fortunate to have some garage space, you can purchase or build a kayak storage rack.

    These racks have either fixed curved arms or adjustable straps to secure your kayak against a wall