QUICK GUIDE TO LOOKING AFTER YOUR POLYETHYLENE FISHING KAYAK
The majority of modern fishing kayaks are made of high-density polyethylene plastic. Polyethylene plastic is a tough and very durable material, which is very easy to care for. That being said, caring for your kayak makes good sense because you will get a longer life out of it and a better price when it comes to selling so you can upgrade.
PROTECT AGAINST THE SUN
The sun damages just about everything and your kayak is no different. Polyethylene kayaks have a number of years of stability against UV rays built in. However, after about 5-7 years, a kayak will start to break down and become brittle. You will know if a kayak is breaking down because you will see patches of discolouration.
You will get a longer lifespan out of your kayak by storing it away from the sun and particularly direct sunlight.
KEEP YOUR KAYAK CLEAN
Cleaning your kayak is essential to getting good mileage. Saltwater will do little to damage your kayak but will damage your attachments and accessories. Always rinse off your kayak and let it dry before you store it away from direct sunlight.
PROTECT AGAINST AND REPAIR DENTS
Kayaks can be dented and this normally happens during transport. Think about this when you are placing your kayak for transport. A small amount of foam can go a long way to protecting your kayak.
Small dents can be repaired by putting a kayak out in the sun to heat up. The dents will come out by themselves. If you are in a cold area, you can use a hairdryer to carefully heat up areas with a dent.
Never store your kayak on its hull. This is asking for damage. Always store a kayak on its side. Also, avoid dragging your kayak as it will damage the keel.
REPAIRING A PLASTIC KAYAK
Repairing a plastic kayak is the last thing you want to do and if you have taken proper care you won’t have to. Nevertheless, plastic kayak repair kits are available but require some skill because you will be using a propane torch or a plastic welder with your polyethylene repair kit to weld of the damaged area.
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