If you're thinking of purchasing a kayak, or have already purchased one, you've probably learned that kayaks aren't cheap. They range on average from several hundred to several thousand dollars, depending on size, quality, and function. While most kayaks, made either of molded plastic or fiberglass, may appear indestructible, they're vulnerable to deterioration from the elements, like anything else. By storing your kayak properly, you can help ensure a lifetime of enjoyment and performance from your investment.
Tips & Warnings
Before purchasing your kayak, consider the need for space. As kayaks generally range from 6 to 14 feet long, you're going to need a good deal of it. Consider your spatial options before making the purchase.
Don't store your kayak on its hull. Again, this section of the vessel is especially vulnerable to damage. A process known as "oil-canning," in which the hull begins to cave in toward the cockpit, occurs when pressure is applied to this area for any extended period. This can occur if something is resting upon the hull, as well.
Avoid using wax/polish on your kayak. While this will not harm it, the wax/polish can make for a slippery, and potentially hazardous, surface. Stick with the UV protectant.
Article Written By Matthew Ferguson
Matthew Ferguson is a writer living in Savannah, Ga. He has been writing for over 10 years and his work has appeared on various online publications. A collection of his short stories was published in spring 2010. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University.