I think of myself as a guy who takes pretty good care of my gear. I always hang my wet boating gear to dry, I dry my snowboard after it comes off of the roof rack to prevent rusty edges, I always empty every drop of sand out of my tent before packing it away, I never leave my down sleeping bag in its stuff sack any longer than necessary, I use cedar inserts for my leather hiking boots, I disassemble and case my fly rod between every use, and I give my girlfriend sh*t when she doesnt buckle her ski boots after taking them off.
My boats, however, are a completely different story. It took me almost a month last summer to figure out that someone had chucked the other half of an Italian sub into my boat at a river festival; I figured my booties needed a bath. Boats are designed to be abused in a lot of different ways; rocks are just the beginning. The good news is that most, including your BEZ, are built to handle the abuse. Youll recognize nirvana when you fill your boat with ice to keep your beer cold. Until then, take advantage of those wet rocks
and leave some plastic behind like your initials on a tree.
Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.