Two confessions: First, I tend to be a bit anal and try to take excellent care of my stuff. Secondly, I am new to paddling and just bought my first kayak.
I bought it new and it is all shiny and pretty. :) It is a plastic boat, and truthfully not overly expensive, but I still want to take care of it and not abuse it.
How does one walk the fine line between using a kayak reasonably and getting a few rock scratches, yet not abusing it?
So far I have only had this kayak on a river but there are some creeks nearby that I would like to explore but with water levels lower, that will entail some serious scratches when going over shallow or exposed rocks?
Am I the only one with this "weirdism"?
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Should have bought two|
Posted by: Cliffjrs on Aug-05-13 8:38 AM (EST)
That way you could use one and look at the other one. It's only a piece of recreational equipment, not a family heirloom !
Posted by: RavenWing on Aug-05-13 8:44 AM (EST)
I could put in some witty or sarcastic remark here. I'm sure the quota will be filled shortly. And exceeded.
Scratches are ...|
Posted by: Dr_Disco on Aug-05-13 8:45 AM (EST)
badges of honor. Show them proudly.
use vs. abuse|
Posted by: angstrom on Aug-05-13 9:03 AM (EST)
If you're playing in rivers and creeks with rocks, you're going to get scratches. That's normal. You can minimize them be learning to read the water and developing the skill to place the boat where you want it. But if you're exploring and learning -- and having fun -- you're going to make a few errors and find a few rocks.
Posted by: bogmonkey on Aug-05-13 10:06 AM (EST)
I felt the same way at first OP, and I'd mount/dismount in deeper water to avoid scratching the hull.
Posted by: radiomix on Aug-05-13 10:15 AM (EST)
Isnt an indication of care.
Scratches make the paddler|
Posted by: Celia on Aug-05-13 10:27 AM (EST)
Unmarked boats send a message that someone has not gotten on the water, just talks about it.
Wat'a want, people ta think yer a novice|
Posted by: FatElmo on Aug-05-13 10:46 AM (EST)
Posted by: ShadyClip on Aug-05-13 11:49 AM (EST)
I don't think I ever got a new plastic kayak home without finding a few scratches on it from the store or traveling.
Posted by: poleplant on Aug-05-13 12:03 PM (EST)
Basstar. There are some creative ways to fix those scratches. I have done them myself. But I guess I'm not that good at it. Everyone says my work stinks when they look at it.
I could be incorrerct but ....|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Aug-05-13 1:09 PM (EST)
Thanks So Much Everyone.....|
Posted by: Basstar on Aug-05-13 2:27 PM (EST)
...and every since I began my interest in paddling, this site has been a real blessing! I have learned so much on here and this thread is no exception.
that's the spirit !!!!!!|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Aug-05-13 3:13 PM (EST)
..... another suggestion is to go buy another new plastic boat , then when it comes time to go paddling look at your two boats (the older used one and the unscathed new one) ... then choose which one you want to take today !!
Posted by: radskierman on Aug-05-13 4:10 PM (EST)
Go ahead, run it up on shore, I do 60-80 paddles a year. Everyone is a shore launch. I have a 6 year old plastic Necky. So that comes out to around 400 trips x2 (launch and land) or 800 groundings. And many trips are over 12 miles so usually a landing in there for a break, so add maybe another 150 for a total of 950 groundings. Yep, lots of scratches on the bottom. No structural damage to the bottom, no leaks in the hull. That's why I hardly ever paddle my fiberglass boat. Have to be too careful with it!
depends on what "take care of it" means|
Posted by: bignate on Aug-05-13 2:42 PM (EST)
If you mean "I really want my boat to look pretty," then my advice is simple: get over it. Cosmetic wear is a natural result of use for any and all types of recreational equipment.
The first scratch hurts the worst !|
Posted by: JackL on Aug-05-13 4:30 PM (EST)
I raced my seventeen year old tupperware kayak yesterday. It has more scratches and dings then Carter has little liver pills. The seat back is no longer nice black fabric and has a beautiful duct tape cover.
Posted by: Basstar on Aug-05-13 8:15 PM (EST)
...........you are possibly giving away hints to your age. Carter hasn't had "Little Liver" pills for years. :)
At my age, I can even get away with|
Posted by: JackL on Aug-06-13 6:34 AM (EST)
telling 22 year old female paddlers that they are as cute as the dickens!
A scratched boat is a used boat|
Posted by: leob1 on Aug-05-13 5:17 PM (EST)
a used boat is a happy boat. Go out and make your boat happy.
I'd be more than happy to drag it|
Posted by: tdaniel on Aug-05-13 5:58 PM (EST)
across a gravel parking lot for ya; that's what I do with my own when I'm too tired to pick it up. I'm just bein' a nice guy willing to help ya out.
I've heard some here say .....|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Aug-05-13 6:56 PM (EST)
..... they may ocassionally drag there plastic boats across gravel and sand beaches to sort of polish off some off the fuzzies that accumulate .
just not concrete.|
Posted by: string on Aug-05-13 9:57 PM (EST)
Like new car ... a kayak is a 4x4 ...|
Posted by: nebeginner on Aug-05-13 10:34 PM (EST)
If you buy a shiny new 4x4, are you gonna use it off road? That doesn't mean you have to go smashing into trees and boulders. But it does mean an occasional scratch or ding.
Avoid the avoidable|
Posted by: pikabike on Aug-06-13 12:39 AM (EST)
At the playpark where I used to go, most WW kayakers would put their boats on the shore, get in, and push themselves off the rocks or dirt into the water. SCCCCRRRRRRRAPE! I guess they thought it looked cool.
Don't run it up on the beach,|
Posted by: yakfisher on Aug-09-13 12:08 AM (EST)
don't drag it, pick it up and carry it, coat it with 303 once a year, and store it out of the sun when not in use.
This is too funny|
Posted by: dc9mm on Aug-09-13 3:09 PM (EST)
Your worried about a PLASTIC kayak, LOL. I bang the heck out of mine.
Posted by: tkamd on Aug-09-13 3:40 PM (EST)
With your paddle, if you put it in the water, it will get wet, some of those water spots are hard to get out. As for rocks, mud and sand, don't even go there. tkamd
Not for me.|
Posted by: magooch on Aug-10-13 11:17 AM (EST)
I probably paddle more times per year than most folks on this site and all of my boats look like brand new. I don't believe that taking good care of things is a vice. That's not to say that there aren't a few little marks if you look close enough, but none of them are on purpose.