Maintenance & Care - Transparent (Polycarbonate) Kayaks
Caring for your transparent kayak is quite similar to caring for rotomolded kayaks, except for a handful of things that require some extra work. The effort is well worth it to keep them in pristine condition.
Store it Smart – Your transparent kayak should be cleaned prior to storage in a cool, dry environment. Ideally indoors, but definitely in a covered area. If stored outside, make sure to cover with tarp or other shade. The kayak should also be stored upside down to prevent water from collecting inside. Our clear kayaks also have an additional layer of UV coating on the bottom to protect from sun damage.
A rigid rack that is well padded is the ideal storage method, although suspending with nylon webbing straps is a suitable alternative. Whether you are using a rigid rack or slings, make sure they are aligned with the bulkheads of your kayak. This is where the hull is strongest and will prevent your kayak from being overstrained.
Never store your kayak in direct sunlight. Resort operators and resorts should not leave kayaks in the sun all day. Keep covered with a tarp or in a shady area.
Scratch-Free – Keeping your kayak scratch-free is always the goal, but particularly so with polycarbonate kayaks. If you get scratches on the bottom, they will “fill in” once in the water and won’t be noticeable. Scratches on the inside are the enemy as these will be visible and impair your lovely underwater views.
So take extra care to clean your feet of all sand and gravel prior to entering the kayak. Bring along a towel to put underneath any gear you plan to bring. You should also avoid any abrasive cleaning agents or tools (more on cleaning below).
No Petroleum - Petroleum products actually degrade the integrity of polycarbonate material, causing it to develop a cloudy film that can be permanent. So make sure sunscreen is put on prior to entering the kayak and your hands are washed well.
Keep it Clean – Ideally, clean your transparent kayak with a mild soap solution and soft cloth, then rinse well with fresh water prior to storage. You can avoid leaving water spots by drying thoroughly with a cellulose sponge or chamois.
Never use abrasive cleaning agents or tools as these may leave marks or degrade the protective coating on the polycarbonate hull. If necessary, a mild plastics or polycarbonate buffing compound can be used. Windex or other solvents, including sun tan lotion and sunscreen, are no go’s.
Simple and regular cleaning will make a huge difference in the lifespan of your kayak and other kayaking equipment as it will help prevent saltwater corrosion as well as mildew and bacteria formation.
Lock it Down - Our rotomolded kayaks have a range of features, such as multiple handles for easy transport, D-rings for attaching seats, fishing rod holders, and storage lids. Regularly checking and tightening everything will not only make sure you don't lose anything, but also keep water from seeping into places you don't want it.Carry it Carefully – This should be obvious, but this is even more important with transparent kayaks. Polycarbonate has high impact resistance and durability, but scratches are still the primary concern. Again, scratches on the bottom or outside of kayak will “fill in” when in the water but should still be avoided as much as possible. Transport your kayak properly and safely using 2 persons, or more if needed.