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Inflatable kayak maintenance and storage tips and considerations.

Posted by   Eliot
09/29/2010

The buoyancy tube of your inflatable kayak is made of fabric using plastomer PVC. Inflatable kayak maintenance is easy but essential.

  • Clean it every month: (if used extensively) but recommended seasonally before storing for the winter.
  • NEVER USE STRONG DETERGENTS (ACID, TRICHLORETHYLENE, MINERAL SPIRIT) OR SILICONE-BASED PRODUCTS TO CLEAN YOUR INFLATABLE KAYAK.
  • Inflate the buoyancy tube.
  • Open the self bailer and wash the kayak with a hose to remove sand and other particles.
  • Remove the floor or floorboards where applicable.
  • Clean all grime, stains, etc.
  • Check all inflatable sections for leaks, with foamy soap and water.
  • Rinse with fresh water and dry thoroughly.
  • NEVER USE HIGH PRESSURE CLEANING EQUIPMENT. THIS MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE KAYAK When deflating your inflatable kayak
  • Check that the valves and gaskets are clean and not damaged.
  • Check to ensure the self bailer is not clogged.
  • A 20% air pressure loss in a 24 hours period is normal.
  • Only address more serious air leakages: ie: .25 PSI in 5 hours
  • If you have a problem with an air leakage: first, check all valves are intact and in closed position (nothing clogging the valve).

Storage of inflatable kayaks:

When storing your inflatable kayak, keep it in a clean and dry place that is not affected from major variations in temperature and other damaging environmental factors. You may store the kayak deflated and rolled up or lightly inflated. If you own an inflatable with a removable tubeset, take it off for easier, more thorough cleaning. You may store the tubeset on or off the kayak.

FOR LONG TERM STORAGE IN THE SUN (ESPECIALLY IN TROPICAL REGIONS), PROTECT YOUR KAYAK WITH A COVER.RODENTS CHEW ON FABRIC INCLUDING INFLATABLE KAYAK MATERIAL. STORE AWAY FROM RODENTS (RATS AND MICE).