A kayak can last anywhere from 5-15 years or more. It depends on the material used in manufacturing as well as the care and maintenance it receives over time.
There is no straight answer to this question since different factors will determine how long a kayak will last. It will How you store the kayak will also determine how long you get to enjoy it.
Generally speaking, a kayak made out of plastic doesn’t need plenty of sunshine as it tends to become brittle thereby making it susceptible to impact damage.
How to care and maintain a Kayak for longer use
If you wish to enjoy your kayak for long then you need to take good care of it. There are many steps you can take to ensure longevity for your kayak.
Let’s have a look at a few:
It is important to keep your kayak clean. Clean it after every paddling session. Make use of mild soap and water to thoroughly clean it. If you are from paddling on saltwater, make use of clean, fresh water to give it a thorough wash. Pay special attention to moving parts in the skegs and rudders if you want them to keep operating smoothly.
Make use of a vacuum to thoroughly clean out the kayak of any loose debris or sand. If sand or debris finds its way to the adjustable footpeg, it will get jammed and not be as adjustable as you would want it.
Perform a routine check-up
Performing a routine checkup will ensure that you catch potential problems on time. Crosscheck to ensure things such as the buckles, cables, hatch covers are the way they should be, and make any necessary repairs and replacements.
Where you store your kayak is important. You want to keep your kayak stored away from direct sunshine and away from falling debris. If it is going to be stored outside, ensure that it is dry and cover it with a cockpit cover. Ensuring it is dry will prevent it from catching molds or accumulating scum. When storing inside, ensure that it is dry not to attract mold.
No matter the storage route your go, whether it is on a rack, suspended on the ceiling or wall, you need to ensure that it is well balanced to avoid dents or damage. If you are storing it for long, make routine checkups to ensure it is still well balanced and hasn’t slipped or sagged.
Be careful when transporting it to the water
Many people drag their kayaks out to the water. This can be damaging as the material at the bottom tends to become weak and thin. Make use of a cart if you are unable to carry the kayak off the ground. Try not to let the rudder drag on the ground.
When you take great care of your kayak, assuming you bought a good quality one in the first place, you will enjoy it for a long time.