It’s that time of year again for a lot of us. Time to store that kayak away for the cold cold winter. We are often asked about how to store a kayak while it is not being used, especially during the chilly winter months. So today, I am here to offer up some winter kayak advice!
First piece of advice, kayaks are not for sledding! They go fast but they don’t like the cold, so keep them off of the snow! Ok, now for the real tips. As always, make sure you wash your kayak after use. This is especially important when you will be putting it into storage for several months. Mild dish soap and water works just fine, no need for fancy cleaners. Make sure you remove sand and dirt, even from those little crevices. And, just think about how nice it will be to pull this baby out in the spring for its maiden run when it is so squeaky clean!
If you can, it is best to keep your kayak in a garage, shed, or covered by an awning. If you live somewhere that gets a lot snow and ice, you definitely do not want your kayak sitting outside either in direct sun or where it can completely freeze over. Lifetime Kayaks can handle it - they are extremely durable - but it is always best to keep them out of the elements if at all possible.
One of the most important kayak storage tips is that your kayak will fair much better in hibernation if you keep pressure off the bottom part of the kayak hull. If a kayak sits on a hard surface on its bottom for long periods of time it can begin to warp or dent. To avoid this, store your kayak upside down with the cockpit resting on the ground or on its side. Cockpit rims are made to be extremely strong and rigid and can take the constant pressure like a champion. Once you have your kayak in the correct position make sure you don’t store anything on top of it.
If you think storing kayaks upside down in your garage or shed sounds like a huge space consumer, consider wall racks or hanging mechanisms. There are a ton of these racks out there on the market and it is possible to make your own. Always remember, no matter the rack, to always try to have the pressure points from the straps or bars touching the cockpit or side of the kayak, not the bottom. Those same rules apply for racks that apply for storing the kayak on the ground.
Check back with us soon because we have a Lifetime kayak rack hitting the shelves early this spring. If you can’t wait until spring, visit our friends at Sports Authority or a similar sporting goods or specialty store for other kayak rack options. And, if you need a shed for your kayaks, check out our Lifetime Shed selection in the Lifetime Store Online. Finally, don’t worry - spring will be here soon!