VIDEO: Kayak Maintenance

8:59 a.m. on August 27, 2012 (EDT)
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Time to give my boat some TLC...

11:47 p.m. on August 27, 2012 (EDT)
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Arson,

Nice video, hope you get out soon. To preserve the hull material from UV degradation, 303 Protectant is a good choice. Though scratches on a hull will contribute some drag, this is negligible on such a small boat and unless you are racing where even a tenth of a second counts, removing them won't do much for improving performance. They can cut fingers and hands so that is an issue. The pad eye for your anchor system is a standard deck fairlead used on sailing dinghies. They can be had with a stainless insert to eliminate the wear problem. Another option for a release system, is a  sailing dinghy cam cleat. We use these on the stern decks of some of our white water canoes to enable us to tow a boat to shore, but also to release with a quick flip of the line. In addition to a pump and a sponge, other safety gear should be a throw bag(at least 50' of floating line) and a pfd with whistle and rescue knife. An alternative to the later, which you have access to, is trauma shears. They cut line faster than a rescue knife. The whistle should not be attached to the zipper pull and should be tied with simple cotton string. Also, it is helpful to tie all gear down in the boat, so it isn't lost in case of an upset. The thwarts or cross bars are a good place to put bungie cord to tie down things like rods.

11:48 p.m. on August 27, 2012 (EDT)
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Arson,

Nice video, hope you get out soon. To preserve the hull material from UV degradation, 303 Protectant is a good choice. Though scratches on a hull will contribute some drag, this is negligible on such a small boat and unless you are racing where even a tenth of a second counts, removing them won't do much for improving performance. They can cut fingers and hands so that is an issue. The pad eye for your anchor system is a standard deck fairlead used on sailing dinghies. They can be had with a stainless insert to eliminate the wear problem. Another option for a release system, is a  sailing dinghy cam cleat. We use these on the stern decks of some of our white water canoes to enable us to tow a boat to shore, but also to release with a quick flip of the line. In addition to a pump and a sponge, other safety gear should be a throw bag(at least 50' of floating line) and a pfd with whistle and rescue knife. An alternative to the later, which you have access to, is trauma shears. They cut line faster than a rescue knife. The whistle should not be attached to the zipper pull and should be tied with simple cotton string. Also, it is helpful to tie all gear down in the boat, so it isn't lost in case of an upset. The thwarts or cross bars are a good place to put bungie cord to tie down things like rods.

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