Kayaking is really a great sport. One of the most important aspects in this sport is to maintain the boat properly. Regular maintenance is really worth it to prevent any problems when you are kayaking and also to increase the boat’s lifespan.
The basic maintenance for the kayak boat is to clean the boat regularly. First of all, you need to wash the inner and outer part of the boat to remove dirt, debris and salt from the boat, especially for people who like saltwater kayaking. You can use water hose to wash the boat and rinse it thoroughly every time after you used the boat.
This is very important thing to protect the boat’s moving parts and any parts made by metal material. Some kayaks do not have metal part like the inflatable kayak, for these types of kayaks may not need maintenance as much as regular kayak boat. But, regular cleaning is still required.
After cleaning the boat, then you need to check the boat for any crack that might happen after you use it. If there is crack on the boat, you need to fix the damage right away. Because if you delayed it, you might forget about it until you want to go for kayaking again.
The easiest way to find holes or cracks on the boat is by using light from lamp or strong flashlight. First of all put the boat in a dark room then put the lamp or flashlight that has strong light inside the boat. The light that exit from the boat is indicating there is hole or crack on the boat.
After you have fix the boat from the hole or crack, the next step is to polished the boat to make sure the boat surface smooth and maintain its appearance. There are many boat polisher that available in water sports stores. You can find out which one that suit to your need by asking your kayaking friends or the store’s staff.
After you give the boat a good polish, the next step is to store the boat in a safe place from natural elements with balance humidity such as cool garage. This is to protect the boat from getting damage like getting dried out, worn out from high humidity or getting infested by small animals and insects.
But, if you do not have such safe place to store the boat, you can buy a cockpit cover for the kayak boat. This will prevent insects from nesting in the boat and preserve the humidity level inside the boat. A proper maintenance for the boat will preserve the kayaks for a long time.