QUICK GUIDE TO STORING YOUR FISHING KAYAK
The next thing you need to think about before you get your kayak is how you are going to store it. Proper storage of your kayak will mean many more years of use. A number of storage options are available. That doesn’t mean you can’t simply DIY.
STORING YOUR KAYAK OUTSIDE
If you are going to store your kayak outside in the elements, you still want to make sure it is covered. The most affordable way is to cover your fishing kayak is with a tarp. Even if you use a cover, always store your kayak outside upside down so that no water from the rain can gather inside your fishing kayak. By keeping your fishing kayak the wrong way up, water will fall away from your kayak much like water runs off the roof of a house.
PUTTING YOUR FISHING KAYAK ON A RACK OR HANGING WITH STRAPS
If you are thinking about hanging your kayak on a rack or by using straps, ensure you put the straps of the rack underneath the strongest part of your kayak. The scuppers give strength for bearing loads. If you hang your fishing kayak with straps on a rack and don’t use these areas of your kayak, you are likely to dent your kayak over time. It is always a good idea to use a piece of foam to protect your kayak when hanging.
Kayak stands are another popular way to store a kayak inside, especially with those who regularly use their kayak and want to keep their kayak at the ready. Like kayak trailers, kayak stands have become popular since the explosion in kayak fishing. Kayak stands are inexpensive but it is pretty easy to make a set DIY. Kayak stands are great because you can use them to rig up your kayak before you set off or when you are at your destination. They are lightweight and easily transported along with your gear.
KAYAK COVERS AND SLINGS
Kayak covers are another item often designed to suit a particular type of kayak. Kayak slings are like kayak covers that can be used to hang your kayak on the wall inside your garage or lounge room if you are so inclined (yes, there are people who are that mad about kayak fishing). Clip connectors make it easy to lock and load or unload.
Many people like to store their kayak in a garage using a pulley system from the roof – ensure you have enough room if you have a garage door (another newbie mistake).
However you choose to care for your kayak, by using these tips you know you are keeping your kayak in top shape for extended use and better resale price when you want to upgrade.
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