The winter or the maritime storms that prevent us from going out to practice our preferred fishing modality, are the ideal moments to do put to point of importance to our kayak.
1. Inspect your Kayak Helmet:
The fact of leaving periodically, gives us the peace of mind that the kayak is in perfect condition, but this is not entirely true. The friction on the shore, the girths and the roof of the car, even the salt water itself, wear our saddle little by little.
It is essential that the helmet is in perfect condition for our own safety, and it is time to look at these things.
Suspicion of Waterways:
It is very common for our kayaks to reach the shore with small amounts of water. Small kayaks tend to maintain a lot of tightness, but larger kayaks, with a variety of accessories, and especially with rudder, is not easy to achieve. Also the various adaptations that we create ourselves, can influence waterways.
Finding these waterways is relatively easy. Simply put the kayak on a trestle, trailer, cradle or any device that allows us to see the kayak on all sides and proceed to fill it with water. It is very important that the support does not have points or edges that could damage the kayak, since when filling it with water the weight of the kayak will be very large and we could damage it.
On occasion, in the case of micro pores, you can see the drop but not its origin. One way to locate it would be to put some dye “blue” in the water to see its origin. In the event that the leaks are by accessories, rod holders, locks or installations made by us, we will proceed to renew the deteriorated joints or seal them with some type of resin or polymeric silicone.
For micro pores or cuts in the helmet, there is a lot of information on the web about how to proceed, but the best option would be to resort to a professional.
2. Review All Kayak Components:
The review of the components of the kayak is also very important:
- Stamping rubber of the tambuchos or others (important).
- We will replace the sealing gums. In case of being EVA foam, we can manufacture it ourselves, using the old one as a template.
- If we choose silicone, this will be polymer or polyurethane type.
- Cabuyers, lifeline, handles, seat, plastics …
If materials such as nylon, neoprene or silicone, cabuyerías, handles, seat, etc., show signs of being dry and have lost their elasticity or are brittle, it is We recommend replacing them with new ones in order to avoid breaking when we need them the most.
- Signs of oxidation in the screws, rudder, pedals, rings ….
We will remove all the screws and introduce them in a jar with vinegar for 24/48 hours, to eliminate oxidation. When that time passes, if the screws are made of stainless steel, we will obtain good results and if not, it will be replaced by another one with the same characteristics but that is stainless steel.
- Clean the kayak well removing all the dirt.
- We will also apply vinegar in the bushes where the screws and rudder axles are placed, leaving it to act 24/48 hours.
- Once we have the material in good condition and the defective material replaced, we will proceed to assemble the kayak components.
- I recommend putting a drop in the screws of fixed motorcycle screws, to prevent them from loosening due to the vibrations of the transport and the waves.
Given the evidence of leaving the kayak unused for a prolonged period of time, it is advisable to take several steps.
- Clean and dry the kayak accordingly.
- Do not leave the lockers completely closed, to allow ventilation.
- Use some type of silicone type spray that creates a protective film.
- In case of installed electronics, also use some electronic spray on the terminals and avoid their oxidation.
- Keep the kayak in a well-ventilated area that does not reach too much temperature.
- Avoid that you can give the sun directly to avoid discoloration and dryness.
Very important. If you tend to leave rods and reels inside your kayak, think that condensation is created inside the kayak, and this can cause them to oxidize to an extreme level.
4. Wash your Kayak Regularly:
If we want the Kayak to be always in the best conditions, it is very important after each day:
- Clean with fresh water. Better if we apply neutral soap.
- Remove any remaining salt, dirt and sand that may clog the rudder shafts or pedal rails.
- It is very important to empty the rest of the standing water inside the kayak.
- Let the kayak dry with the open locks, to avoid condensation of water and humidity.
- Dry screws and metals thoroughly.
We hope these information on how to preserve your kayak equipment for some longer duration. Leave a comment down below to share your secret about kayak maintenance, We love to hear it from you. Check out the latest collection of inflatable kayak suitable for all your need.