How to Store a Kayak Outside


You must store your kayak properly to ensure that it is ready to use again the next season. It is preferable to store your kayak in an indoors area such as a garage or shed where it is constantly protected from the elements. If you are unable to store it inside, you can still store it outside, but take proper precautions. When your kayak is stored outside, make sure it is not damaged by sun, rain or wind.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Water
  • Cloth
  • Storage device
  • Carpet or foam
  • Cockpit cover
  • Tarp
  • Clean your kayak completely before storage. Use mild soap and water to clean the inside and outside of your kayak. Use a vinyl protectant such as Armor All or Pledge on the outside, but not the inside.

  • Buy slings, racks or a cradle-type sawhorse to store your kayak if you can.

  • Choose a spot that is under an overhang or protected from the elements if you are able.

  • Place your kayak on the storage device if you bought one. If you use straps to hang the kayak, put the straps underneath the scuppers of the kayak (these are the devices that plug the drain holes.)

  • Lay a piece of foam or carpet where you plan to store your kayak if you did not buy a storage device. Set the kayak on its side or on one end. Put the side with the drain plug down so you can drain any water easily.

  • Cover the cockpit (where you sit) with a kayak cockpit cover to prevent water or pests from getting inside. You can buy these at any sporting goods store.

  • Suspend a tarp over your kayak to protect it from UV damage from the sun. Do not wrap the kayak in the tarp or lay it directly on the kayak. Leave enough space to allow air to circulate to prevent discoloration.

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