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Properly Maintaining Your Kayak

Jun. 02, 2021

Properly Maintaining Your Kayak

Kayaking is a big investment, and you have to make sure you do everything you can to keep it in top condition. No engine will break, but if you are not careful, there will be boat bones, rudders, hatches, towing ropes, and oars, all of which may fall into disrepair. Maintaining your kayak does not require a lot of effort, but it is important to ensure that you at least cover your foundation through good cleaning and maintenance.

Keep it clean

Kayaks spend half the time in the water, but that doesn't mean they are clean. No matter where you row, there will be slime and debris piled up on your boat. It's no big deal unless you let it sit for a long time. Before you realize it, these things stick to your boat, turning your beautiful blue hull into a nauseating muddy green.

Before you paddle

When your ship is in the warehouse, it will become very disgusting very fast. Dust, dirt, and spider webs (and even some spiders!) can easily slip into the crevices of your boat. Although it usually does not cause harm, it may make riding uncomfortable. Lift the kayak with a hose before setting off. Also, make sure you can find the corners and gaps inside because that is where spiders and insects are most likely to hide.

To reduce the impact of dirt, debris, and creepy crawlers, make sure your boat is properly stored.

After you row

You may not get dust or spiders on the water, but that doesn't mean you can get a clean kayak when you get home. It is a good idea to rinse your boat thoroughly when you get home (or when you are out of the water if there is a clean source of water).

Making sure your boat is free of sand, mud, seaweed, and any other sticky things you might get dirty while paddling is an easy step, but you want to keep your kayak in its new look and feel for as long as possible.

Protect your kayak from the sun

Although it sounds ironic, kayaks are actually vulnerable to sunlight. But don’t worry, you don’t have to panic or study skating. Obviously, you can go to the sea on a sunny day. But pay attention to the effect of the sun on your boat and take necessary precautions.

Store and transport your kayak carefully

Whenever possible, you must protect your kayak from bad weather. Put your boat in a garage or under a tarp to reduce sunlight, heat, or frost. A good kayak is a huge investment, and you want to make sure that your boat stays in its best condition for as long as possible.

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