Think it’s too early to start thinking about taking your boat out of hibernation?
Yes, spring technically starts on March 20. But we know you’ve all been counting down the days of this short winter until it’s kayaking season again, anyways. 😉 For the lucky ones, that’s year-round! For those less lucky, no worries – you’re almost there.
The steps to ready your kayak for spring mimic the routine you followed putting your boat in storage.
Now you’re just checking that all is well and your yak is ready to get back on the water!
In no particular order, here’s our Storage to Spring Checklist:
What are you looking for? On the outside, look for any wear on the hull of the boat. If you were storing it with too much pressure on the hull (i.e. on the ground) or improperly suspended – for future reference, don’t do that! Invest in a storage rack.
Whether your kayak was stored outside, in a garage, or in a shed, check for anything that may have made the inside of your kayak its home over the winter season. Look for mold or nests formed by critters. The last thing you want is your enthusiasm to get back on the water to result in a bite from an unexpected black widow. These spiders are reclusive, so the dark crevices of a stored kayak are appealing to them; they don’t want to bite you, but they will out of self-defense if your limbs accidentally poke them. Also, make sure to inspect for any potential damage or tearing that critters or weather may have inflicted on your kayak’s soft materials like your seat!
Putting anything in storage makes it susceptible to a layer of dust, so show your boat some love and give it a thorough cleaning with some warm water and soap. For that extra shine and to protect your kayak from damaging UV rays, spray some 303 Aerospace Protectant on it. Voila, just like new and ready to go!
TIGHTEN & REPAIR
Don’t forget the technical bits! Tighten up any loose bolts and remove rust from your kayak’s metal parts (here’s 8 ways to do that). If you have a rudder, make sure that the cables are lubricated and the rudder is fine-tuned. And if you’ve got holes in your kayak that you need to patch up before you can get to using it again, head over to a local retailer (Texas folks, drop on by to one of our five locations) to help you out. More of DIY kinda person? Plastic weld your kayak by buying a set of weld rods that matches your boat’s brand and a heat gun or plastic welder, or use a Harmony Kevlar or Harmony Royalex repair kit (depending on the material of your boat’s hull).
Last but not least, if you’re looking to upgrade your kayak fishing game this season, check out the bulk of accessories we have to offer to outfit your adventure.