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Boat
 
Maintenance

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Looking to have a boat that will last a lifetime and beyond? 

A little bit of maintenance and your boat will give you decades of adventures.

Maintenance After a Day of Paddling

Give it a bath

Clean the inside and outside of your boat with warm soapy water applied by cloth, sponge, or soft bristle brush to prevent pond scum build up. This also prevents the spreading of invasive species. This is especially important after paddling in salt water. Salt can dry out wood and tarnish stainless steel hardware if left unrinsed.

Store away from sun and weather

The most important factor to the longevity of your boat is storing it properly. This has more impact than any other maintenance you may preform.

Check out our

Storage page

for more information. 

Maintenance After Paddling Season

Give it a bath

Clean the inside and outside of your boat with warm soapy water applied by cloth, sponge, or soft bristle brush to prevent pond scum build up. This also prevents the spreading of invasive species. This is especially important after paddling in salt water. Salt can dry out wood and tarnish stainless steel hardware if left unrinsed.

Give it some love

  • Check for cracks in the hull and wood that may need to be addressed.

  • Give the hull a good coating of 303 Aerospace protectant to reduce UV damage make the hull nice and shiny, and reduce the appearance of scratches

  • Sand and oil the wood, using Corey’s Amazing Tung Oil, to protect against moisture and rot.

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Store away from sun and weather

The most important factor to the longevity of your boat is storing it properly. This has more impact than any other maintenance you may preform.

Check out our

Storage page

for more information. 

Maintaining your Wooden Gunwales

01.

Lightly sand gunwales using 100 grit sandpaper. Use this time to inspect the boat for any damage that may need repair

02.

Apply a coat of Tung oil using a foam brush or rag. We recommend Corey's Amazing Tung Oil

03.

Let sit for 15 minutes to let oil absorb. Keep out of direct sunlight.

04.

Wipe off any excess with rag or paper towel

Repeat

Oil at the beginning and end of the paddle season. More frequently if wood begins to look weathered or dry

spa day gift set

Everything you need to keep your boat clean and ready for whatever adventure you have in store, bundled up in one convenient package.

From cleaning and maintenance for spring paddling to storing away for the winter, you won't be caught without the necessary essentials.

Our Boat Spa Day Kit includes a 3.5 oz bottle of detergent, a sponge, 10 oz bottle of 303 Protectant, 8oz tub of Corey’s Amazing Tung Oil, foam brush applicator, 100 grit sand paper and a microfiber cloth for convenient cleaning along with a maintenance card for reference!

Get your boat prepped and ready for the ultimate journey!

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