Here are a few tips to prolong the lifespan of your kayak:
After every paddling adventure, rinse your kayak, any moving parts (rudder, foot braces, etc.), and accessories/equipment (paddle, life jacket/PFD, etc.) thoroughly. A quick rinse keeps everything moving smoothly and slow down corrosion (?)
Inspect your kayak, including accessories and moving parts, from top to bottom. Make sure there are no damages to your equipment and/or deep scratches that can cause leakage. If there are, aquire replacement parts and repair the deep scratches as soon as possible. This is also for your safety.
To prevent unneccesary wear/damages, DO NOT:
- drag the kayak across rough surfaces – this can cause deep scratches and thin out the material on the bottom
- buy the scupper kayak cart where the poles poke up through the scupper/drain holes – when you hit rocks and other obstacles the rods will twist and torque inside the scupper holes eventually cracking the scupper hole, killing the kayak.
- Welding the scupper holes is not possible because the heat is concentrated causing the whole scupper hole to melt. Any welds in that area have a very poor history and do not last. (will not hold because the scupper holes are the most flexible area?)
- sit or stand on the kayak when it is on shore (aimed at children and adults
- stand on kayaks when on the water (mainly aimed at adults)
- while some kayaks are designed for standing in the footwells, point loading all your weight in an area on the size of your foot can be dangerous to most kayaks
How To Store Your Ocean Kayak
Keep your kayak inside or under cover, especially if you live in a sunny climate. A tarp properly suspended above the boat will protect the boat from ultraviolet light. Do not cover your boat by laying a tarp directly on it. With the heat of the sun, the tarp creates an oven that can damage, distort or discolor the hull. Simply leave an air space to allow for air circulation.
Kayaks should be stored on edge, upside down, standing, or hanging horizontally. When hanging a boat, run straps around the boat near the cockpit (the strongest part of the boat). Hanging your kayak in slings or webbing is ideal and will prolong the life of the boat. A word of caution – using the scupper holes may cause distortion and hanging from the toggle handles may put undue strain on them. Storing the boat bottom side down may also cause distortion.
To secure your kayak, simply run a cable through your scupper holes. Locks are available through your dealer.