What is the correct storage position for a kayak, upside down or right side up?

As a beginner kayaker, one of the most common questions that often come up is: “What is the correct storage position for a kayak – upside down or right side up?”

The truth is there isn’t a straightforward answer to this question, and it depends on a few factors. However, understanding the pros and cons of each storage method can help you make an informed decision.

Upside down storage

Upside down storage is a popular way of storing kayaks, and for a good reason. It helps to protect the hull from scratches, dents, and other damages. Furthermore, it allows moisture to drain out of the kayak, preventing the growth of mold and mildew.

This storage method is particularly well-suited for hard-shell kayaks made of materials like fiberglass or plastic that are prone to damage. Kayaks that have detachable components like rudders or skegs can also be stored upside down to prevent these elements from getting damaged.

However, one potential downside of storing your kayak upside down is that it can be challenging to access the deck of the kayak, particularly if you plan to store it for an extended period. In addition, if your kayak is not completely dry before you store it, the moisture can get trapped inside the hull, which can result in the growth of mold and mildew.

Right side up storage

Storing your kayak right-side-up is an alternative storage method that can be particularly useful if you don’t want to deal with the inconvenience of flipping the kayak over each time you need to use it. Additionally, if you have a sit-on-top kayak, storing it right-side-up can help prevent damage to the seat and scupper holes.

However, one major disadvantage of storing your kayak right-side-up is that water can accumulate inside the cockpit, which can cause mold and mildew to grow. Furthermore, when storing your kayak right-side-up, make sure the kayak’s weight is evenly distributed to prevent pressure points that can warp the hull.

Both upside down and right side up storage methods have specific pros and cons. As a kayaker, you need to decide which method is best for you, based on your kayak’s specific needs and your personal preferences. Regardless of which storage method you choose, make sure your kayak is dry before storing it to prevent moisture buildup.

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