Question: How many years do you expect out of your kayak and why?
I know it depends on model and usage, but I am curious how long people make their yaks last.
Lollipop wrote:It will last about as long as a plastic 5-gallon bucket of the same color. If you bury it in a landfill, it will last forever. It you leave it sitting out in the sun it will start getting brittle in a few years.
That having been said, with normal usage, with not picking up the bow and dragging the kayak over hard surfaces, with taking care around oyster reefs, with tying down the kayak adequately when transporting it, with storing it in the shade, it should be about as good as new in 10 years. I have a 20 year old kayak that is about as good as new.
152 Sumo wrote:
When you say tying down adequately, what exactly do you mean? I use yakima saddles w/ bow/stern tie downs. I often wonder if I am putting too much pressure on the straps.
texnomad wrote:The old red plastic Coleman 17 foot canoe I had back when dinosaurs roamed, sat in the Texas sun for over 25 years with no care at all. Was treated like a junk yard dog all the time. When I sold it finally it was still going strong and not even faded that I could tell.
Mini-x-man wrote:I hope I don't hi-jack the thread, but I do have a small ? I have my OK Trident 13 and i lay it flat in the bed of my truck and then use a ratchet strap and go through the side handles and strap it to either side of the bed. I don't do it tight enough to break the handles, but I was wondering on opinions of how I could do it better in terms of making the yak last! I don't want to spend the money on a big thule rack that costs way too much money and I can't have anything permanent because I carry my four wheeler in the bed of my truck alot suring duck season. I don't really see how a truck extender is much different than what I'm doing now, and I don't know of any other way to do it! If anybody wants to throw their two cents at me please do!
surfdude wrote:A kayak, or anything for that matter, will last an infinate number of years. You can't put a general number on it because there is no expiration date. It's a matter of how well the owner takes care of the kayak. You're not dealing with motors or anything so as far as moving parts and transmissions going out you're in the clear. Three main rules of kayak care are....keep your kayak out of the sun(when not in use), wash/rinse off after use, never drag your kayak. I have friends who leave their yaks outside and wonder why it looks like s**t. Water, especially salt water, can also break down your kayak over time. And of course dragging is a big nono if you care at all about your kayak lasting a long time.
There are plenty of people who look to buy used kayaks, especially in great condition. Don't be afraid to upgrade and change kayaks because that's all part of the fun. Just put that money into your new one. It's always cool to have new gadgets and toys to play with. My first kayak is in such great condition that I just kept it so that I can take buddys out on that don't have a kayak.
152 Sumo wrote:How many years do you expect out of your kayak and why?
I don't want to know what exactly makes a kayak last longer (common sense), I want to know how long the average person makes it last before replacing it.
I am just curious what others are doing.
Phatwater wrote:I own a 1998 Wilderness System Ride that I bought used in 2002. The guy before me stored it in an open shed. I store it between my fence and side house. Use it at least one weekend a month for fishing and have paddled in 2 kayak marathon races with it. In marathons and training alone I've totaled over 250 miles of paddling along with salt water fishing at least once a month. Its beat up to hell with scratches all over it but it still floats and I have never had any problems with it especially considering its been stored outside and is now 12 years old.
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