Time wears at all things, especially things that get used frequently. A kayak, whether used for fishing or recreation, is no exception to that statement. There are so many things on and off the water that can cause wear-and-tear to your kayak, and if not properly maintained, they can cause trouble and cost you some money to repair. While some of the bigger damages will need to be repaired professionally, there are plenty of little fixes you can do on your own. One of the most common kayak hull materials out there is rotomolded polyethylene, or plastic, which is what this post will be focusing on. For some information on what other hull materials are available, check out our other post here! Without any further ado, here are some quick, cheap fixes you can do to help keep your rotomolded kayak in the best possible shape!
One of the problems that can start to pop up and impact the performance of your kayak is little scratches and abrasions along the hull. The resulting spurs can impact your speed, creating drag and increasing the effort required on your end; and not to mention it can just make your kayak look visually less appealing. A quick, easy, and cheap method you can use to fix this is to buy a pack of disposable razors and use these to shave away the abrasions on your hull and restore some of the agility and visual appeal to your beloved boat.
One of the other problems that can befall a rotomolded kayak is when the hull caves in or gets deformed after too much pressure is applied, be it from having too much weight piled on top, improper storage, or being tied too tightly to your roof rack. While this can be a visually intimidating problem, the fix can be as simple as leaving your kayak out in the sun for a few hours. A good dose of some low intensity heat can reform misshapen plastic back to its original form. The big thing to look out for though is the intensity of the heat. If plastic like the hull of a rotomolded kayak gets too hot it will melt beyond repair. That is definitely something you would want to avoid at all costs. You can use careful application of something like a hairdryer, hot water, or some sunlight as mentioned above, along with some gentle prodding if necessary to get your kayak back into shape. For more serious deformations, such as deep creases, a more intensive heat may need to be applied. One method that works well to fix this involves using some boiling water and a layer of about three towels. The towels act as a bit of a guard so that the full heat of the water doesn’t end up melting your kayak. Using some other instrument, like a broom handle, you can massage the problem areas back into shape as you apply the boiling water to the towels wrapped around the problem area. This method may take a little bit of experimentation to figure out how to best distribute the heat and exactly how much force and heat is needed to do the job.
Those are just a few small, quick fixes you can use to fix some of the issues that’ll pop up with your kayak. For more serious fixes, you’ll want to check with your dealer or another expert to see what kind of solutions and adhesives are available for you to use. And never forget the power of duct tape! Of course, proper storage and maintenance can prevent a few of these problems to start with. You can take a take a look at some of our other posts for kayak storage solutions. Interested in buying a kayak for fishing or recreation, but don’t know where to start? Eddy-Gear has a great selection of recreational and fishing kayaks for you to choose from, all at great prices!