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||Posted: June 27 2007,05:07
I'm sure you'll get a lot of good advice from others, but for what it's worth here's how Sue Sea and I take care of ours. First, let me say that I used to be a fanatic about avoiding scratches, now I'm much less critical, I'm simply crazed about it, lol....
1. I carry a couple pool noodles, each cut in half. These fit easily into the yak and are invaluable at preventing scratches in the first place - you can set your yak on them on any rocky shore or launch area.
2. Theres not much you can do bout scratches, scuffs or even deeper gouges - it happens anyway. But I have been known to use on of those "pull" type paint scrapers to whisk away the little curlies and displaced plastic. Works very well.
3. Yes I have waxed at least the hull. Does it help? Probably not. Yes I have (infrequently) used scouring powder (Comet) and a good brush - works, no need to do it very often. The anal retentive might consider the "scratch-free" type but I haven't seen the need.
4. Some folks use what I seem to recall is a 3M product intended to reduce sun damage. I don't store my yaks outside, and don't bother.
5. Before loading a wet kayak I'm very careful to turn it, dump all the saltwater. Then wipe it down with a towel to leave it dry BEFORE loading. I have learned that saltwater does indeed run down your windows and channels and will absolutely, positively cause rust and rust through in those areas. I'm not kidding.
6. Upon arrival home, the yak comes off and is hosed down OFF the car - again to eliminate salt damage to the car.
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