How to find a leak in an inflatable kayak?
One of the most annoying things about an inflatable kayak is getting a puncture. However they are generally not that difficult to find or fix, so don’t worry!
1. Inflate the kayak completely.
2. Inspect all areas of the kayak, including the valves and keel by listening out for a hissing sound.
3. Make a mixture of soapy warm water into a plastic spray bottle.
4. Spray the solution onto the kayak one area at a time and observe.
5. Small bubbles will form if there is a leak in the inflatable boat.
How to repair an inflatable kayak?
This is general guidance about how to fix a puncture on an inflatable kayak, but the best practice is to follow the manual instructions for your specific boat.
1. Clean the area with fresh water and wait for it to dry completely.
2. Many boats come with an inflatable kayak repair kit. Ideally use this to fix the puncture. Otherwise, you can buy them separately as well.
3. Cut out a patch that will cover the hole.
4. Apply the adhesive to the kayak and patch.
5. Place the patch firmly over the puncture.
6. Affix the patch with pressure.
7. Leave it to dry completely before inflating the boat.
How to clean an inflatable kayak?
It is important to rinse an inflatable kayak after contact with saltwater. If you are going to store it for a long period of time, then it is suggested to also give it a proper clean. Use a bucket and mildly soapy water. Get rid of any dirt with a sponge. Once clean, dry it out completely. (See below how to do this)
How to dry an inflatable kayak?
Just like with a tent, it is essential to dry a kayak before putting it away for storage. You might pack it up after your paddle and take it home. But always remember to unpack it as soon as you get home to dry it properly. Otherwise, you will end up with mould growing in the folds, which can be quite stinky and unattractive. It can also deteriorate the material.
It takes time to dry a kayak. How long exactly will depend on the material, design and weather conditions.
Before you put the kayak away for storage for months, make sure it is dried out properly.
1. Start by giving the kayak a rinse, especially if you used it in saltwater. Salt can abrade the fabric.
2. Wipe the whole kayak dry with a towel, ideally while it is still inflated.
3. Deflate the kayak and wipe away any more water that you notice. Have a few towels available to wipe the kayak dry.
4. Hang the kayak up (or drape over a chair) and leave it to dry completely. will
How to store an inflatable kayak?
Storing an inflatable kayak is so much easier than a rigid one. It takes up less space. But there are a few things to keep in mind if you want to prolong the life of your boat.
If you fold it the exact same way each time you will crease the same area over and over. This can weaken the material in that area. So try and fold it loosely instead. Ideally, you will need to store the kayak in a cool and dry place.
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