Kayak Maintenance Tips for the Diehard

Whether you kayak is new or old, there’s going to be a time when you’ll need to perform some maintenance on it in order to keep it in tip top shape.  So, we’ve put together some tips to help you out the next time you find your kayak needing a little tune up.

The kayak’s door lock is often in need of maintenance. Tip: Here’s how to mount fuse lines to your gaps.

The door locks can have several different fixing methods on the deck. They can be fully integrated in deck level, and folding places high demands on tightness. Such gaps are often found on home-made wooden kayaks, and Vkv’s kayaks in fiberglass. On fiberglass kayaks, there are otherwise two methods that are most common: gaps that sit above the tire contours, and gaps immersed in the tire to harmonize with the tire contours. Both methods work well and have different sequencing effects.

A lid on the deck is exposed to more power from the waves, and sometimes some drops can be pressed under the edge. Make sure the door is properly closed before you get out.

Reduced gaps
If you choose a kayak with immersed door locks, make sure the gutter around the door is wide enough to allow your fingers to open the door. Also, make sure that the channel has drainage for the water that is collected. And the cover has a protruding plastic tab to pull in. Good for stiff fingers. Then you should remember to place the cover so that the protruding tab is at the drain so that your fingers can grasp it.

Plastic Hatches in the Kayak

There are several types of plastic hatches.
Oval, soft, flexible plastic hatch from Kajaksport. Most common Oval, harder plastic cover that does not bend in place but is pressed firmly over the entire surface at one time. Also from Kajaksport. Among other things, at Skim kayaks. Easier to squeeze out on the water than the soft.
Square hard-plastic door that is clamped on top of the door with a strap. Some kayaks are supplied with this type of gaps.

Packs when the kayak is stored

Keep the doors open when the kayak is at home. Then the moisture can come out and you avoid mold inside the packing rooms. In the same way, it’s good to air out the spaces once you have landed for the day on an island. However, in the evening, it’s good to close the doors for the night so you do not let in the evening heat.
“Please rinse”
Like the rest of the sea kayak, the gaps are good to rinse off from the salt water when you landed after your paddling trip. The packing rooms themselves do not usually need to be rinsed, but they are often wiped out, so they are clean and avoid odors. Visible debris should be wiped out immediately after the trip. Vacuuming is also good.



Maintenance gaps
The soft plastic doors become gray when they age out of the sun. Or they are gray when you get your new kayak. Then they are dry and are good at silicone spray so they keep soft and do not crack.

  • Spray the outside, allow to dry for a few minutes and then wipe the overflow with a cloth.
  • Or spray the cloth and grease the lid with the cloth. Note that only the outside cover should be lubricated.
  • Avoid spraying on the kayak’s closing wall, then do not close the cover tightly. Spray spray sparingly on the inside of the cover.
  • Avoid spraying on the kayak deck as far as possible.
  • The stiffer gaps from your kayak should be sprayed on delivery. A small splash in the middle of the inside of the door, which is then lubricated along its edge. Then the door will be smooth enough to be pressed with one hand in the middle of the cover with even pressure.
  • A sprayed cover becomes softer and easier to close. Not least wintertime when the cold shrinks the gap and makes it stiffer.

Lost gap during paddling trip
If you want to get rid of a gap while paddling, there are solutions. Have plastic bags or a black bag in the kayak, they have several uses. And silver tape is always smart to have on board. Tape the bag or plastic bag over the door opening, then the kayak is tight again. A bag can also act as an emergency cabling, just make sure that it is possible to get out of the kayak when shooting.

The kayak’s locks and bulkheads have the primary purpose of contributing to the kayak’s floatability over the water well’s cockpit.  It’s important to always keep an eye on these in order for your kayak to do its magic!

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