Buying a kayak can be an investment and it is important to consider your boat’s value both in the immediate sense as well as down the road.  When purchasing a kayak, there are certain variables that will maintain a boat’s long-term value and positively influence its resale value.

These variables include regular maintenance and care (such as replacing broken padeyes, bungee cords, carry handles, etc) and any additional improvements or added accessories that broaden the scope of a kayak’s use.  Examples of accessories include items such as flush mount rod holders, a rudder, or an upgraded seat.  These are some of the variables that will influence the value of your boat.

Typically the most important aspect of retaining value is the cosmetic appearance of the boat.  “Looks” will have the greatest impact on perceived value.  Although appearance is a non-functional aspect of the kayak, potential buyers look at the condition of a boat and envision themselves paddling it.  If a kayak has been sun damaged or repaired multiple times, the intrinsic value of the boat will diminish in the buyer’s eyes.  Unfortunately, repair scars are difficult to hide, but sun damage or discoloration of a kayak is incredibly easy to prevent.

Just as there are many products to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays, there are products that do the same for your kayak.  303 Aerospace UV Protectant is a product specially formulated for use on plastic surfaces.  Hobie makes a comparable product called Hobie UV Protectant & Restorer.  Although this product is labeled Hobie, it provides protection for all plastic kayaks.  Using the Hobie Boat Cleaner will lower the number of applications of the UV protectant necessary to maintain a kayak’s cosmetic appearance. These kayak maintainers retail for between $8.99 – $14.99 and work to protect your kayak surfaces from drying out or becoming faded or discolored.

For just a few extra bucks, it is well worth it to use these kayak protectors regularly to maintain the condition of your yak throughout its lifespan.

Chris Steckel
ACK – San Marcos