A fishing kayak is a pretty hefty investment. Not only in terms of money but also in terms of how much work you put into rigging it and maintaining your kayak. So, why waste all of that time and money and store it incorrectly?
Here are the Top 3 Kayak Storage Tips
1. Keep it out of the Elements (when stored)
Sitting your kayak in the sun can damage it. It will degrade the core material that your kayak is made of whether it’s fiberglass, plastic, or even coated fabric. (For realz!)
If you can’t store your kayak in the house, garage, or a shed (or even a rental storage unit) then the storage area must be shaded.
If the shade is only partial or non-existent in your part of the world (Hi El Paso, TX!) then opt for a weather resistant tarp to cover the kayak with. But suspend the tarp above the kayak’s hull…if you drape it over it then you’re likely to have a fungal or bacterial growth that will start to fester. Yuck.
McNett UV tech and other sprays like it go a long way to protecting the kayak hull from damaging UV rays. You should apply these sprays generously at the beginning of each season and prior to storing. If you live in a climate that has only 1 season (whaddup’ from Hawaii!!) then you may have to re-apply up to 3 times per year.
If your kayak is inflatable then deflate and disassemble parts while storing for long periods. If you’re going out on a weekly basis then you should be okay, any longer than 10 to 14 days, though, and we recommend complete break down and deflation.
Salt water kayaking plays a unique kind of turmoil on kayak hulls. The salt water can degrade hull materials and corrode the metal parts of kayaks. Make sure to rinse (alot) with fresh water if you regularly ocean kayak.
2. Even Weight Distribution
If you store your kayak in a weigh which the weight isn’t evenly distributed then the hulls will bend or warp over time. For instance, leaning a kayak nose up in the corner of a hot garage will make it into a banana! Better to store the kayak horizontally with supports and brackets at each end and the middle.
*Support your kayak from one end only
*Hang a kayak from built in grab loops. (Why would you? UGH!)
*Store a kayak next to a heat source like hot water tanks or furnaces
3. Protect Against Theft, Vandals and Punks
If you can’t store your kayak inside, behind locked doors, then follow some of these practices to keep it safe:
- Keep out of sight and out of mind to envious, no do-gooders
- Make it so that a thief can’t quickly grab it and go. I.E. Park a vehicle up close to it so it’s wedged between to immovable objects. (Don’t crush it!)
- Security cable the heck out of it! Lock it to a fence, tree, sign post, outside A/C
There you have it. We have listed the most important kayak storage tips that we can find. We hope that this helps you on your next trip in the outdoors. If you want to learn more about beginner tips and tricks then visit our homepage right here.