Your new boat is carefully crafted to ensure optimum
durability. But improper storage can quickly degrade hull shape, color
and UV-protection. Storage is key!
Above all else, store your
kayak out of the sun. Waxes and protectants are simply not enough–they
will eventually wash off the boat into our waterways. Signs of sun
damage include fading, a loss of flexibility and cracking that cannot be
repaired. 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.
If you must store your boat
outside, we recommend you tie it down. Strong winds can catch the
underside, flip it and cause damage.
Store your kayak cockpit-side down, on its side or
on end. The best way to store your polyethylene or composite kayak is to
run webbing straps under the bulkhead points (or widest points) and
hang the boat or place on cradle-type saw horses. This will keep the
decks from being distorted. Do not use the strap eyes, carrying handles
or scupper holes to hang your boat. Do not store your boat on its hull.
If the hull warps, your kayak will not perform as it should. Use a
cockpit cover to keep dust and critters out. Attention to proper storage
will help ensure years of excellent service from your canoe or kayak.