As you can see, I never got around to ordering storage racks for my kayak flotilla... and with only about two months before paddling season resumes for me... it ain't going to happen!
So, with paddling season just around the corner... it's time to start thinking about getting your kayak and gear in shape. I found a great "kayak care" article at Smart-Start-Kayaking.com.
Here are a couple of other maintenance and cleaning tips the article does not mention:
- At the start of paddling season (and periodically during paddling season), check and tighten all hull hardware - e.g. foot braces, rudder cable guides (if equipped), deck rigging tie downs, cockpit seat back supports, etc.
- Clean your kayak after each paddling adventure. I use hot, soapy water, a large sponge, garden hose, and a lot of elbow grease. I clean the hull, underside, and cockpit areas... than let the kayak thoroughly air dry before storing back in my garage. It's important to not only get all the lake and river gunk off your kayak, but to kill as much bacteria as possible. Lots of nasty stuff (leaching chemicals, oil, gasoline, waste products, dead animals, etc) unfortunately find their way into our waterways... and coming into contact with these hazards... either directly or indirectly by contact with the water... can be harmful to you.
So... I have gotten into the habit of always "cleaning up" after each of my paddling adventures! Your kayak will thank you for it! ;-)