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Before, during, or after a long season of being on the water, it pays to give your Vibe fishing kayak a quick checkup. You want your boat to be in the best-possible condition before you hit the water, or before you put it away for the off-season. Let’s talk about how to take care of your fishing kayak with some preventive on-going maintenance, DIY options and storage tips.
If you’re like most Vibe fishing kayak owners, you spend a lot of time in your fishing kayak or recreational kayak, and out on the water – which is exactly how it should be. Of course, when you use your fishing kayak to get to and from those big bass or other catches, it’s going to get the occasional bump or scratch. Most of the time, these beauty marks aren’t going to affect the performance or longevity of your Vibe fishing kayak. It’s the unseen effects that the water and sun can have on your kayak while angling that tend to be more problematic.
As a kayak angler, use common sense – first and foremost, don’t drag your fishing kayak over rough surfaces, drop it, or subject it to other impacts that might scratch, dent, or break your Vibe fishing kayak.
Regular cleaning – whenever you pull your fishing kayak out of the water, you should rinse it with clean freshwater to remove any grime. It’s a fact of life that your fishing kayak will come across pollutants and unfriendly microbes in most bodies of water, but a quick rinse can help remove most of those. At least once a season, it’s a good idea to wash your fishing kayak with mild soap and a sponge as well. You can even learn how to wax and polish your fishing kayak, if you’re into that.
Double-check fittings – screws that hold in place different Vibe fittings can loosen with regular use. Use a Phillips-head screw driver to gently tighten any screws that need it. These might include carrying handles, gear tracks, rod holders, cargo hatches, or DIY modifications, etc. Make sure you don’t over-tighten your screws!
UV Spray – once a year, it’s a good idea to know how to apply a UV-protectant spray on your fishing kayak’s entire hull and on any other equipment that spends a lot of time in the sun. The sun’s UV rays can destroy just about anything with enough exposure and can cause the polyethylene hull of any fishing kayak to turn brittle and crack.
Lube moving parts – mechanical pieces like the Vibe Sea Ghost rudder system or the joints on Vibe Hero Seats sometimes need a little love. If something on your kayak squeaks, catches or doesn’t seem to function smoothly, use a spray lubricant like WD-40 (after cleaning your boat) to keep these parts working like new.
Replace broken parts – it’s just a fact of life: stuff happens and things break. What you don’t want is to put off a small fix for too long and let it grow into a larger problem. If your fishing kayak has a broken piece that needs to be replaced, take care of it as soon as possible. Vibe supplies fishing kayak parts individually on the site, so there’s no excuse not to replace any pieces that might have issues.
Bigger problems – we’re always on hand if you do have a major issue with your Vibe kayak angling products. Contact us here if that’s the case.
A major piece of the maintenance puzzle is knowing how to properly store your fishing kayak when you put it up for more than a couple of weeks. After ensuring that your boat is clean and in good working order, store it the correct way so that your Vibe fishing kayak is in top shape the next time you use it to go after bass, crappie, striper, trout, or whatever puts a smile on your face.
Hide from the weather – store your Vibe fishing kayak away from sun, weather and drastic temperature changes. A basement could work, but an uninsulated attic probably isn’t a good idea. Your angling kayak doesn’t suffer from over-exposure when you take it kayak fishing – it’s the weeks or months that it sits outside under the open sky. Wherever you decide it's best to store it, make sure it gets minimal direct sunlight.
Store flat, upside down – like the sun, gravity is a relentless force. Don’t make your fishing kayak fight gravity for weeks or months on end. Lay your kayak flat and face down on something like saw horses or a wall-mounted fishing kayak rack or a strong, supportive DIY option. Polyethylene is a durable, resilient material, but it can be misshaped when improperly stored, especially if it’s subjected to the major temperature changes referenced above.
Loosely cover openings – keep debris like dust, dirt and spiders out of your fishing kayak with a tarp or an old sheet. That kind of sediment can build up and give you a surprise next time you take out your fishing kayak. You put it up clean, so you want it to stay clean.
That’s how we’d recommend storing and maintaining your angling kayak.
Do you do it differently? Share your tips in the comments section below.