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Old 11-08-2003   #1
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How long do kayaks last?

I plan on buying a used kayak. How long do kayaks last?

What wears out on a boat?

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Old 11-09-2003   #2
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Lately its the design that's been wearing out first on kayaks. Unlike my kind of craft, kayaks have been going through quantum leaps for about the last ten years. From what I understand there have been lots of radical improvements that have rendered cutting edge boats obsolete within a couple of years.


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Old 11-09-2003   #3
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It really depends no how they are treated. If they are stored in the sun all winter, the UV's will eat a kayak in only a couple/few years. Also if they are strapped down on their hulls they can develope an "oil can" which is where the bottom of the kayak starts to pop in rather than out. You should try and strap your boat down on its side. These are the biggest things when buying a used boat, so inspect the bottom of the boat and find out where it's been stored.

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Old 11-10-2003   #4
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my dad still has a dancer in perfect condition, yet i destroyed my first boat within one month of ownership. it all depends on karma!
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Old 11-10-2003   #5
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my glass new wave 4/5 big foot is 11 years old ,used and abused
with many more seasons left
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