Winter Kayak Storage Tips

Winter Kayak Storage Tips

Winter Kayak Storage Tips

kayak rack.jpgIt’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!

Candace

Candace

Candace_Weaver0006w.jpgName- Candace


Position at Lifetime Products- Watersports Marketing Manager for Lifetime and Emotion brand kayaks

How long at Lifetime Products- Since January 2012!  I came as a packaged deal with the acquisition of Emotion Kayaks where I’d been for over a year.


Topics I blog about- Events and news in water sports, places to kayak, and enjoying the outdoors with friends and family.

My favorite products from Lifetime- Any of the Kayaks and paddleboards.  One of these days I’ll get my hands on a Fold-up Trailer and a Camp and Tailgate Table!

On a Saturday afternoon you can find me- This question will always depend on the season!  When the weather outside is frightful, you can find me at one of the nearby ski resort enjoying the fresh snow and crisp air or snowshoeing through the mountains.  Once the sun is shinning and the birds are chirping, my Saturdays are spent outdoors hiking, backpacking, biking, paddle boarding or my most favorite activity of all, kayaking!  All while enjoying the company of good friends of course!

My favorite escape- Anything whitewater, whether it be kayaking or rafting.  A more relaxing escape would be taking my camera out into the wilderness to photograph everything from wildlife to serene landscapes.

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Comments

Mimi Baker

12/9/2012 10:24:06 PM

Is it possible to store my kayak standing upright? I don't have any way to store it in rafters or on the wall this year. I might try finding a wall rack for it next year!

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Candace

12/11/2012 3:20:05 PM

Yes!  You can store it standing up-right.  A corner would be best.  You would also want to pad the tip of the kayak that will be resting on the floor.  Anything from an old Tshirt to a piece of foam will work.  If you do rest it in the corner, make sure you face the cockpit toward the wall and leave the bottom of the kayak facing out away from any hard surfaces.  Hope this helps!

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Mimi

12/11/2012 5:02:09 PM

Perfect! Thank you Candace! I've got it set right aside from having it padded so I'll get that done tonight! I appreciate your response. =)

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