How long does a fiberglass kayak last?
Posted by: george316 on Aug-17-13 10:52 AM (EST) Category: unassigned
How many years would a fiberglass kayak be expected to last? Let's assume it is paddled in the summer, gets some scratches every once in a while but no serious damage, and is stored inside the rest of the year.
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It will last longer than you do|
Posted by: Booztalkin on Aug-17-13 11:07 AM (EST)
I have a fiberglass canoe made in the 70s that is still strong and functional. That's 40 years and counting.
Posted by: magooch on Aug-17-13 11:12 AM (EST)
There is no reason why a well built, well cared for composite boat can't last at least a lifetime. I would even say the same is true of many other materials kayaks are built from. Outside of physical abuse, the sun is probably the most damaging and limiting factor.
Until you crash it on really bad rocks|
Posted by: Celia on Aug-17-13 11:30 AM (EST)
Until a tree in your yard falls on it...|
Posted by: yakfisher on Aug-17-13 6:35 PM (EST)
or it flies off the roof of your car going down the interstate, or a wave slams you into a really big rock.
We Don't Really Know For Sure...|
Posted by: vk1nf on Aug-17-13 6:59 PM (EST)
...'cause we've only had fiberglass boats for about 70 years..
were any kayaks ever chop gun const. ? |
Posted by: pilotwingz on Aug-17-13 11:39 PM (EST)
The only kayak company...|
Posted by: Bnystrom on Aug-18-13 8:13 AM (EST)
...that I know of that uses chopper gun construction is NDK, which is why their boats are heavy and brittle compared to others build with cloth layups. Kayak hulls are too thin to have problems with blistering.
Chopper gun, re: NDK? Not true|
Posted by: ewschill on Aug-18-13 7:11 PM (EST)
NDK/SKUK does not use a "chopper gun" in the production of their kayaks; they do use chopped strand mat that comes off a roll - and goes into the mold from bow to stern. And they are extremely tough boats.....
One of my kayaks has blisters|
Posted by: yakfisher on Aug-21-13 11:56 AM (EST)
right where it sits on the minicell foam blocks I store it on in my garage. I live on the Chesapeake Bay and have paddled it nearly every day in the warmer months for over a decade so it rarely has a chance to dry out. It gets hosed off with fresh water after every trip to rinse the salt off before I put it back in the garage but it still blistered right where it sits on the foam blocks.
The only kayak company...|
Posted by: Bnystrom on Aug-18-13 8:15 AM (EST)
...that I know of that uses chopper gun construction is NDK, which is why their boats are heavy and brittle compared to others build with cloth layups. Kayak hulls are too thin to have significant problems with blistering, plus they're generally allowed to dry between uses, so any absorbed moisture evaporates.
My '73 MR Compatirot hull was as |
Posted by: ezwater on Aug-25-13 2:06 PM (EST)
thin on the sides as any kayak I've seen, and it blistered all over.
Until you lose interest|
Posted by: LeeG on Aug-18-13 8:30 AM (EST)
UV radiation |
Posted by: jmyers on Aug-18-13 11:53 AM (EST)
over time, will degrade a fiberglass hull. But this is probably an issue only in the tropics or a place like Florida. I once came across a derelict fiberglas sailboat that had been laying out under the sun for a number of years on St. Croix, USVI. I tapped the hull with my foot and my tennis shoe went completely through the hull. I decided against buying the boat, probably one of my very few good boat buying decisions.
Just a reminder...|
Posted by: voyageur47 on Aug-18-13 12:31 PM (EST)
there's lots of 50+ year old Corvettes on the road.
Lots of 50 year old Bertram 31s|
Posted by: yakfisher on Aug-22-13 10:22 AM (EST)
are still being fished as well.
Life of fiberglass|
Posted by: ppine on Aug-25-13 12:35 PM (EST)
I agree that glass boats can stay in use as long as you want to repair them, as long as they are stored out of sunlight.