Kayak Care

Kayak Care
Protect your investment by taking care of your kayak. Kayaks can last years with a little TLC that takes only a little time. You will be happy that you did.

Keep It Clean

After each paddle, you need to clean and dry out your kayak inside and out, especially after being in saltwater. You can wash your kayak with mild or organic dish soap and water. Dry off your kayak or let air dry before storing.

Protect It from the Sun

Apply a UV-protective coat to your kayak at the start and end of the kayak season. If you use your kayak often, applying a coat midseason isn't a bad idea. Do not store your kayak in direct sunlight.

Carrry, Don't Drag

When transporting your kayak, carry it. If you drag your kayak, you can weaken the kayak and cause scratches, holes and other damage.

Cover Your Kayak

Covering your dry kayak when not in use can protect it from the elements and from insects or other critters.


Store your kayak upside down on its stern, if possible, to put the least amount of stress on it. If you have a plastic kayak and can't stand it up straight, put it on its side. You can hang any other kayak upside down.

Article Written By Courtney Johnson

Courtney Johnson is a freelance sports writer and photographer based in California. Her articles and photos appear regularly in newspapers and magazines such as "Triathlete" and "Cross Country Skier." Johnson graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in media production and minor in writing. She is studying for her copy editing certificate at the University of San Diego.

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