How To Properly Store Your Canoe Outdoors

Storing Your Canoe Outdoors

We love canoeing. It’s fun, great exercise and gives you a chance to unwind effectively. But, let’s face it, it’s not very convenient when you want to store your canoe. They’re unwieldy, take up a fair amount of space and require a more specialized stage solution.

You cannot just leave it out in the open and hope for the best – exposure to the elements affects the longevity of the craft. In this post, we will look at storing a kayak, with a focus on outdoor storage.

First things first, if you are paddling in salt water, you need to rinse the boat completely to prevent corrosion on the hull. If you are storing it at the end of the season, check what the manufacturer recommends regarding the wooden areas of the vessel. You don’t want these to dry out or warp.

Also, make sure that the boat is as dry as you can get it before you stash it. Moisture will expand and contract with changes in temperature, and this could be harmful to the boat.

Stop Thieves in Their Tracks

It’s sad, but one of the first things that you need to guard against is theft. These tips will help.

  • Start by storing it out of sight as far as possible.
  • Choose a position that makes it harder for someone to just grab it and run with it.
  • Consider using a security cable to secure it to a building/ fence.

Protecting Your Canoe from the Sun and Rain

Once you have found a good way to keep your canoe secure, you need to protect it against the elements. A spot that is sheltered from sun and rain, like in the garage, is ideal. If you have no choice but to leave it out in the sun, consider getting a spray to protect it against UV damage.

Cover It Up!

Do also makes sure that you use heavy-weight waterproof canoe covers for outdoor storage to seal at least the cockpit and wooden bits. To protect it against rain or snow, that tarpaulin will go a long way. However, you need to take other precautions as well.

Suspend It

Store it suspended to prevent mold getting a foothold underneath. Storing it upside down can help water to just run off and leave less of a surface area for snow to settle on. If it has been snowing, go out every other day to make sure that the snow has not built up on the hull as this can damage it.

When storing your canoe, you have to make sure that the weight of the boat is evenly distributed. If the balance is off, it can lead to the hull being bent. Do be sure to support every bit of the boat and use padding to prevent the hull from scuffing.

Consider Indoor Storage

If you can, store your kayak in your garage. If that is not an option, make sure that you protect it carefully. Find out what maintenance you will need to do to keep the wooden areas protected. Keep it secure from thieves and protect it against the worst of the elements by using a tarp.

Now that you know how to store a canoe, and what to watch out for, we’ll leave you to it.

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