Sunlight can degrade just about any kayak hull material, from fiberglass to plastic to coated fabric.
Weather can also cause some hull materials to oxidize and/or degrade.
Salt water can degrade hull materials and corrode metal parts. If you paddle in salt water, be sure to rinse your boat thoroughly with fresh water before you store it.
Most kayak hulls will deform or bend over time if exposed to uneven weight distribution. Plastic and fabric hulls are the most susceptible to damage, but fiberglass and wood-hulled boats can also fall victim to this.
Support the boat at several points along its length, using padded cradles, angled surfaces and/or wide, nylon straps that match the curve of the hull.
Practices to avoid include:
If you can't store your boat in a house or garage, then:
Contributor: Wayne Jordan, REI kayak specialist
By T.D. Wood
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Last updated: 08/16/2012
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