Fiberglass Kayak - Winter Storage
Posted by: old_user on Nov-24-12 5:28 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
I just purchased a new fiberglass yak and the only place I can store it thats big enough is my non-insulated garage. I live in Ontario where the winter temps can get very cold (-25C)(-13F). Are there any concerns with storing a fiberglass kayak in extreme cold?
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Posted by: radskierman on Nov-24-12 5:54 PM (EST)
That's how I've been storing mine for the past 5 years. No ill effects yet. I do 303 the crap out of the hatch covers before I put it up for the winter. That's where my plastic boats spend the off-season as well. Likewise, no ill effects yet.
I don't think so|
Posted by: kayamedic on Nov-24-12 6:26 PM (EST)
Was OK for my glass boats|
Posted by: pikabike on Nov-24-12 10:18 PM (EST)
Stored in an uninsulated, unheated shed in Colorado. Not as cold as -25 F except for rare occasions, but below zero wasn't all that uncommon. Mostly single digits and teens at night. No problems from the cold.
Posted by: michaelcrouse on Nov-24-12 10:56 PM (EST)
Make sure it's dry (and stays dry) especially if you store it on its side. Water freezing and expanding can do some damage.
When I lived up north.....|
Posted by: Roanguy on Nov-25-12 8:48 AM (EST)
I never had any problems storing fiberglass, kevlar or carbon fibre canoes or kayaks in a unheated barn
Lots of powerboats are stored outside|
Posted by: Dr_Disco on Nov-25-12 10:27 AM (EST)
and that wouldn't happen if there were known problems. The only thing I would worry about are critters. Most unheated garages are going to have mice and they can chew up all kinds of stuff to make a nest. I have had them chew up windsurf sails. So be sure to have a tight fitting cockpit cover.
Things made of FRP and used in the cold|
Posted by: mintjulep on Nov-27-12 10:41 AM (EST)
Various light aircraft in their entirety. Bits and pieces of commercial and military aircraft. Outside temperatures at altitude are -50ish.
Yeah, but check for cracks and bubbles|
Posted by: pikabike on Nov-27-12 9:51 PM (EST)
I think this might be where trouble could arise. If water's still in cracked areas it will expand when frozen. I don't mean just water from paddling but condensation dripping and running into the cracks, then freezing. With bubbles, the trapped air expands and contracts. Might not matter as long as the boat sits all winter and such changes are gradual. I don't know.
Somehow I dont think that is much of|
Posted by: kayamedic on Nov-27-12 10:09 PM (EST)
a problem on a large scale.Cold air is incredibly drying. Water can actually sublimate from liquid to gas below zero.
Should be fine|
Posted by: aamapes on Nov-29-12 8:31 PM (EST)
My two glass boats stay out in the shed all winter. I'd recommend removing the hatch covers. I always store the boats with hatches open. I think it's better for the covers and lets any water inside dry out.