How to Maintain a Kayak

How to Maintain a Kayak
Paddling out on the water in a kayak can be thrilling and peaceful depending on the weather and area but it won't remain an enjoyable experience if you don't keep your kayak in good condition. Kayaks are not a cheap investment. There are several things you can do, seasonally and daily, to maintain your kayak and prolong the life of your boat.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Water Hose
  • Water
  • Hose
Step 1
Store your kayak in a shelter out of the elements during the off season. If you store your kayak properly through the winter, there shouldn't be much to do to prepare it in the spring. Check things over and make sure the rudder, lines and foot pedals are in good condition.
Step 2
Make sure your kayak has hatch covers that fit well. The more water you keep out of there the better, not just for your belongings stored inside but for the long-term life of your boat.
Step 3
Clean your kayak every time you use it. Spray it down with a hose to get the salty sea water off of it no matter what kind of boat it is, but especially if it is made of fiber glass, and dump out any water that has been trapped in the hatches. If you have neoprene hatch covers, make sure to rinse these off, too, because they can erode over time in the salt water.
Step 4
Do not drag your boat along a rocky beach when you take it out of the water after a paddle. This scratches the hull badly, which over time weakens the boat and can also effect how it glides in the water.
Step 5
Store your boat upside down or leaning against an exterior wall after use so that the remaining water after rinsing can exit and so that rain will not collect inside of it. Do not store your wet equipment inside of it.

Article Written By Naomi Judd

Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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