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Protect your kayak from UV damage and the weather

   It's not only important to store your kayak properly, but it is just as important to protect your kayak from the weather and UV damage during everyday use. UV and the weather can fade the color of your kayak along with deteriorating the materials it is made of.

  To protect kayaks made from plastics, I recommend using a 303 protectant or similar UV spray at least twice a year, These sprays do not  contain silicones, which can deteriorate plastics over time. For fiberglass and composite kayaks with gel coats, a high quality, marine wax like Meguiar's Premium Marine Wax., will protect your investment.

Deer Isle Maine

Deer Isle Maine

 Kayak storage  

   It is extremely important to store your kayak properly when it is not being used. Many people store their kayaks either on the ground or on a rack with the full weight of the kayak placed directly on the hull. Storing your kayak like this will distort the hull and seriously affect the performance. Plastic kayaks are the most susceptible to hull damage, but improper storage can also damage composite and wood kayaks over time. The best way to store your kayak is at its  strongest point, which is on its side. Ideally, the kayak should be suspended on its side using strapping at two equally spaced points, preferably in the areas of the bulkheads if your boat has them.  Kayaks should not be hung by their ends or by the carrying straps. This can also bend your kayak over time. Ultraviolet light and weather are also an enemies to your kayak. Ultraviolet light and the weather will deteriorate plastic, fiberglass and composite materials over time, The best place to store your boat is inside. If your kayak must be stored outside, make sure your kayak is stored under cover. Proper storage of your kayak will not only keep it looking good, but will ensure you of many years of memorable paddling adventures.

 2015 marks the 9th anniversary for Northern New England Touring Kayaker!

  April 2015 marks the 9th anniversary of Northern New England Touring Kayaker! We launched as simple website to share information about a few lakes and have been growing ever since. Two new sections were added two years ago; Environmental News and the Campn-site.

   There will be many new articles and pictures coming in the next few months, so check back often. Your feedback is always welcome, so feel free to contact us at .