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Simple tips for safe kayak storage

  • Apr 29, 2014

As your kayaking trip draws to a close, you might be tempted to unpack and head straight inside to reacquaint yourself with other comforts, such as a warm shower and some much-deserved time on the couch. Before you unwind, however, it's important to make sure your gear is stored safely and efficiently, lest it be ruined by the time you're ready to take to the open waters again. 

Even if you're just putting the boat aside for a week or two, Smart Start Kayaking reported that it's important to store gear correctly to avoid any easily avoidable damages. The kayak itself, for instance, shouldn't be exposed to direct sunlight. Whether it's made of wood or plastic, UVB/UVA rays can damage the body of the vessel, leaving it wide open to dryness. If your kayak dries out, it will become brittle and more susceptible to developing holes. The fix is easy, according to the source - just like with your skin, apply a thin layer of spray-on UV protection right as the season starts and right before it's over. 

It's also crucial that you never drag the kayak along the ground. Although the boat should be stored in a dry location on land, scraping the bottom of it along the unforgiving rocks and pebbles that could be hiding in the grass is just asking for future repairs that could have been avoided if you carried it instead. As you probably aren't going to be storing the kayak for long right in the middle of the season, full end-of-summer procedures for keeping your boat safe aren't necessary. Instead, try flipping it upside down and covering it with a loose tarp, which allows for air flow and will also keep it from being exposed to the elements. Heat, as well, can be just as drying as direct sunlight, so make sure you're checking your watch thermometer as you make storage preparations. 

The PRW6000Y-1A is the perfect watch to keep by your side while making sure your kayak is safely stored away with all of it's amazing new features. The watch consists of tough solar, digital compass, altimeter, barometer, and that doesn't even scratch the surface of everything it can do! It's important to keep yourself safe outdoors, but as well as your equipment. Before you unwind, it's important to make sure your gear is stored safely and efficiently, so don't forget these simple tips for safe kayak storage!

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