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Boat
 
Maintenance

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

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.

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.

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

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One of the best recommendations we can give you is to stay fit all year long, both during the paddle season and during the off-season. Light strength training and stretching will make a considerable difference in both your ability to stay on the water longer and paddle injury-free. This is true for paddlers of any age, but it’s especially true the older we get.

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Another important tip is to be sure to use proper paddling technique. Many people assume it’s just about your shoulders and arms. In reality, your entire  body—starting with your feet—should be engaged in your paddling strokes.

Think "use larger muscles vs smaller ones"

Your abs and chest are much stronger than your biceps.
Not only does the correct technique give you more power with every stroke, it’s easier on your body and less likely to contribute to sh
oulder and wrist issues.

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