Owners’ manual

Wash your kayak with fresh water

The kayak should be washed inside and out with fresh water after every use. The salt in sea water dries out in direct sunlight, but will absorb moisture and become wet as soon as the air around is damp. All metal parts used in the kayak are stainless steel, A4 grade, suitable for salt water environments and should not corrode much. Rinsing off sea water will help preserve metal parts.

Damage and gelcoat scratches

Check the condition of the kayak regularly, ideally after every paddling session. Deep scratches through the gelcoat should be repaired. Slight impact damage, such as small star cracks, should not affect the long term life of the kayak, especially if it is stored dry.

Gelcoat scratches and chips are a fact of life in a composite kayak, and do not pose a threat to your kayak’s lifespan. Repeated beach and rock landings and launches will wear away the hull gelcoat and expose the laminate, especially at the ends, and this should be avoided when possible. New gelcoat may be applied to these worn sections. See Gelcoat repairs.

Care of deck lines and toggles

Keep deck lines taught and inspect all ropes for wear and tear regularly. Pay special attention to the condition of toggle ropes as they usually take the strain of carrying and towing, replace them when they begin to show wear. Toggle ropes should long enough not to trap a finger should a finger be inserted between the two ropes and the toggle swung around the end of the kayak.