I guess all of the preconceived ideas went out the window -- testing various boats in advance of a purchase, and getting a rec boat for our first year or two, then trading up.
Then I showed a picture to my wife, and she wanted "that boat". So, from an ad right here on paddling.net, we got (and the seller delivered the boat from PA to MD!) a 21.5 Perception Caretta Kevlar tandem with rudder. What a beast! Mere storage is going to be a challenge.
We seem to fit in the boat just fine and it came with cockpit covers, spray skirts and two carbon fiber paddles (is Epic a brand?), meaning less to buy to kit-out the boat. We still need to get PFD's, compass, maybe a radio, pump, probably other stuff. Seems to have been a cherished boat, just a few scuffs on the decals and such (from what inspections I could give it).
Lost of questions coming but for starters: OK, I saw the topic a while back about what to coat a kayak with to increase speed, inconclusive results. But how about just for protection? Any reason I cannot give it a coat of Meguair's Gold Class wax?
I guess we got in at the deep end!
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wax - why not|
Posted by: suiram on Apr-29-13 11:08 AM (EST)
Incidentally, there is another thread going on about "Bathtub Rim" which deals directly with protection from dirt, and what not.
Is Epic a brand? sort of.|
Posted by: string on Apr-29-13 11:50 AM (EST)
I use wax Mequire's yacht wax on my decks for UV protection.Be aware that putting it on the hull will make it slick on the rack.I did that once and the boat slid right off when i tried to turn it over.
yes epickayaks.com |
Posted by: nickjc on Apr-29-13 12:29 PM (EST)
Ultraviolet Rays are the enemy|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Apr-29-13 12:52 PM (EST)
The energetic rays of the sun will break down materials.
The 303 company has never shown data|
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-29-13 1:26 PM (EST)
about how long their product will persist and protect on a boat hull. Never.
I suspect |
Posted by: suiram on Apr-29-13 1:30 PM (EST)
that wax with UV inhibitors will stay longer on the surface in water immersion environment than a product that is complete water soluble
Posted by: NateHanson on Apr-29-13 1:47 PM (EST)
303 is not for hulls. Use a high quality boat wax (or car wax for that matter - I doubt there's much difference), like 3M.
My wife, (the bride) is the official....|
Posted by: jackl on Apr-29-13 2:14 PM (EST)
keeper of our fifteen boats, (canoes and kayaks), and she used to use 303. Then she switched to Gel-Gloss on the suggestion from Steve at QCC kayaks.
All good feedback|
Posted by: tiger1964 on Apr-29-13 2:59 PM (EST)
Thanks for all that.
A funny reality|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Apr-29-13 8:22 PM (EST)
303 for plastic|
Posted by: dc9mm on Apr-29-13 8:42 PM (EST)
ahhhhh Not EXACTLY|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Apr-30-13 2:08 AM (EST)