Care & maintenance
Due to the heavy sun/UV exposure, kayaks and their accessories must be maintained minimally but with advanced preparation in mind.
We recommend cleaning the kayak at the beginning and end of the season with a plastic UV protectant (LINK: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AAZ1OAE/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_q1r-CbNBRRSWG) which will protect the HDPE hull from being dried out via UV exposure and make the hull last much longer. This will also help avoid any cracking in the hull.
In addition, as soon as you receive your kayak it is recommended to spray the chair (chair strap + top and bottom rest) and any straps (rudder ropes/ rudder pulleys/ bungees) with a outdoor fabric UV protection spray (LINK: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JG3OHVK/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_d3r-CbR678KVY). This will resist the drying effect that saltwater and sunlight have on these components and reduce tearing/ripping in the material. We recommend applying this at the beginning, middle, and end of every kayaking season.
Last but not least, we recommend that you waterproof your kayaks at the end of your first season, and the beginning of each season thereafter. This can be done by removing all screwed on hardware, applying a layer of marine silicone sealant (LINK: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002BBX3U/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_3.r-CbXV8W5D7) underneath the hardware as well as to the threads, then fasten the hardware back on. The silicone should be left to dry in a dark and dry area for 24 hours after the application.