If you take care of your kayak it will last a long time. We’ve given you some advice below to help make sure you get years of enjoyment out of your kayak.
Essential Kayak Care
After each use:
- rinse the kayak with fresh water focusing on metal parts
- dry the kayak by wiping it down or leaving it in a well-ventilated dry spot for a few hours
Storing the kayak:
- keep it in the shade and out of direct sunlight
- keep storage temperatures less than 35 degrees celcius
- do not place other items that weigh more than 5kg in total on top of or resting against the kayak.
Transporting the kayak:
- Kayaks must be tied down firmly to the vehicle, but using powerful ratchet straps and over-tightening them can lead to kayak damage, especially in warmer weather conditions. Avoid this. We recommend cam-buckle straps rated to at least 200kg for tying down kayaks during transportation.
- Protect the kayak from hard edges, bumps, etc on roof racks, ute trays, etc, by laying down carpet, rubber, thick cardboard, or some other protective sheeting between the kayak and the hard edges or bumps.
- Remove the straps from the kayak after transportation is finished. Leaving the kayak tied down very firmly to the vehicle for extended periods can result in damage and disfiguration, especially in warmer weather. Avoid this.
- Do not drag the kayak over hard ground including but not limited to ashphalt, rocks, gravel, concrete, etc.
- Do not drop the kayak
- Do not scrape the kayak on oysters, rocks, concrete or any sharp or hard objects
- Do not sit in or stand on the kayak unless it is on water deep enough that it isn’t touching ground.