How To Avoid Trouble When Kayaking
Kayakers, i.e. the pros tend to buy expensive equipment to use during kayaking, since these people are aware that the cheaper products could lead to problems. Pro kayakers tend to learn maintenance and building tactics as well, since the pros enjoy all sorts of kayaking events.
For instance, coastal, whitewater, black water, gushing river sports, and so forth are all events that many kayakers enjoy. The kayakers will often practice and prepare before voyaging off to sea, or into hostile areas. Preparing and planning runs deeper than merely knowing what to do. True kayakers will also prepare for all eventualities.
Maintenance of hulls and paddles alone could save you from harm, or perhaps worse. Building of course is much more dramatic than maintenance, thus we will primary speak of maintenance while considering building.
Maintenance includes mending damaged paddles, and repairing diminutive leaks in your kayak. Before we continue, I want to mention that everyone intending to kayak under the Hull Registration Rules should check the boat before it hits the water. If you have leaks, dry land is where you want to notice the leaks. The last thing, you want to do is float off to sea and later find that your boat has a leak. What a disaster, especially if you are kayaking alone. (Not recommended)
Maintenance supplies should include kayak glue, mold, adhesive bonding, resin, etc. Resin you can merely brush onto the area you intend to repair. The advantage today, is that kayaks are made of tougher materials, so rarely will you need to make repairs, but it can happen, so prepare. You will need to activate resin before brushing. If you kayak is made of fiberglass, you will need catalyst and an accelerator. Pre-accelerated resin is available, which means you only need to activate the resin. Catalyst, or resin should not touch the skin, however if it happens immediately cleanse your skin.
Glass kayaks require a slightly different maintenance plan. For the most part you will need similar supplies. Additional supplies to have on hand is commercial cutting scissors, sticks for mixing, rollers, brushes, paint, and so forth. You will also need a maintenance backup plan.
What could damage my kayak?
Wear and tear comes from the trips you take in the waters. In shallow waters the kayak will endure scuffles from rocks, logs, etc. Loading the kayak onto vehicles, thumps, jars, and so forth can also cause damage. Fiberglass kayaks tend to scratch, which if you want to restore the new look, you will need acetone based cleansing agents. Always cleanse the area first before attempting repairs.
If you must repair holes, you may need screwdrivers, sandpaper, file, scissors, masking tape, plastic kitchen wrap, scotch tape, acetone cleanser, activators, resin, glass made of woven fabrics, brushes, etc. Clamping materials can also work to repair holes.
Maintenance is necessary sometimes for both the kayak and paddles. The most important thing you can do is to inspect your equipment before and after each trip you plan. This will help you avoid trouble. Maintenance of wooden paddles is simple in some ways, since you merely cleanse the area to repair, sand the area, and cover the wound with a clothe. You can use tacks to ground the cloth. Still, you want to brush resin on the area before you lay the cloth over the damaged region. You will also need rubber bands, kitchen wrap, and a few other tools to repair particular problems. To learn more about repairs, we recommend you visit your local library.
(GLUES: See metal to metal bonding)