A friend who is storing her plastic 10 foot rec on her porch is curious about what kind of cover she should put on her boat. I know you can buy a kayak cover, but that might not make economic sense for a boat that cost under $200. Is there material she could buy at a fabric store? I'm fortunate enough to have a garage to keep my boats in (no room for my car, but the boats are safe).
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Cover it with a tarp|
Posted by: jackl on Oct-07-11 5:34 AM (EST)
The best ones are the silver faced ones that cost a little more than the blue ones, but with the silver side out it reflects the sun.
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Posted by: sissy103 on Oct-07-11 6:48 AM (EST)
has Seals cockpit covers for $21.95. If she's going to carry her kayak on her car, open side up, the cover will keep it from filling up with rain. And it will keep the critters out---nothing like being out in the middle of a lake and spotting a big fat Palmetto bug (nice name for a cockroach) in your boat.
Posted by: carldelo on Oct-07-11 10:58 AM (EST)
Posted by: sissy103 on Oct-07-11 1:30 PM (EST)
I have a Perception Swifty that has been stored on its side on a canoe rack for over 11 years, with the bottom exposed to the sun. The bottom is still just as bright yellow as the top, which is in shade, and it doesn't seem brittle. Has anyone actually noticed UV damage, or is this a myth?
Sissy, I usually use a cockpit cover|
Posted by: brawleytj on Oct-07-11 3:59 PM (EST)
but here in SW Fl, I find a 5' 3/8 plastic hose makes all the difference when carrying kayaks on the roof. Stick one end of the hose under the seat and let all the water siphon out. No mess and the kayaks are a LOT lighter to unload.
best cheap and functional tarps|
Posted by: willowleaf on Oct-07-11 12:27 PM (EST)
My preferred kayak storage tarps are the natural cotton canvas paint dropcloths you can get at places like Sherwin Williams paint stores and Home Depot. They make one that is 6' wide and 20' long which is perfect for covering even the longest kayak (or two shorter ones). It protects against UV but lets the moisture out. Sherwin Williams stores sometimes have half off sales for painting accessories (including the tarps) and I have bought them for as little as $6. That's a lot of fabric for a little money.
Posted by: sissy103 on Oct-07-11 1:49 PM (EST)
can make a real mess inside, too.
These are cheap|
Posted by: hubertatkinson on Feb-14-13 10:21 AM (EST)
but do they really protect sufficiently against UV?
sunbrella at your sewing shop|
Posted by: rrose on Oct-07-11 6:01 PM (EST)
After a friend of mine (Dottie) made for me a custom home-made kayak cover out of some heavy-weight yellow sunbrella fabric (quality canvass) I made another one for my wife's kayak using a lighter weight sunbrella that we bought at a fabric store for about $25. I sewed the one-piece cover with our sewing machine in a couple hours. Still works well after many years. My sewing capability isn't even close to Dottie's but it was sufficient for the project. Boats looks great after many years.
Posted by: LittleRed on Oct-07-11 9:45 PM (EST)
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll pass them along. I enjoyed the raccoon story -- of course, that's because it happened to someone else, not me.
Mice chew through fiberglass screen|
Posted by: rpg51 on Oct-08-11 7:38 AM (EST)
Mice can and will chew right through fiberglass screening material. I ended up having to replace all the fiberglass screens in my below grade basement windows with metal screens because the mice chewed holes and got in.