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Kayak Questions

Yeah, I'm new to this kayaking thing so am really stupid about some of it. This is a clean up question. I know there is no way in hell to keep grit out of the cockpit but is a damp sponge the only way to clean it out? My arms have shrunk just like the rest of me as I've gotten older and have a hard time getting to the junk seems to be plastered on near the footpegs. I guess I could out the hose...soon...and give a good blast with that. How do you experienced folks do this!

dougd

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  • I do it in the water!
    I take it out past the cruddy water, capsize, turn it over, slosh it about, and drain it. A sea kayak with well-positioned bulkhead will drain just by lifting the bow when it's upside-down.

    The first paddle of the season I try to do this where no one can see me!
  • Hose?
    -- Last Updated: Apr-24-13 4:06 PM EST --

    I usually hose the kayaks down after every trip - paranoid of rust on the bolts and it just bothers me to see salt residue and grit in cockpits when they are hanging in the garage ;-)

    If you have space in your yard, you could flip the kayak upside down and give the cockpit a good rinse with the hose.

    Better yet, if you have a pair of strong saw horses and some foam blocks - its easier to hose the cockpit when on top of those. Just make sure it won't roll off ;-)

  • shop vac
    I love my compact Shop Vac on wheels. Nothing easier or faster for getting wet or dry crud out of the boat once you get home.
  • When mine gets too much sea weed..
    growing in it, I'll just discard it and buy a new one.
    That is what I keep telling "the bride", and since she lovs me so much she takes pity, and always cleans it after she cleans hers.
    So the secret here is to marry a good women !

    Jack L
  • Hose 'Em Out
    I just lay the boats on their stsorage rack, deck down, and flush the cockpit thoroughly with the hose. In no-hose situations, I dump some water into the cockpit, swish it around, then flip it deck-down to drain it - gets the heavy stuff out.
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