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Old 05-24-2009   #1
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Kayak waxing

Has anyone ever tried waxing a kayak...ala surfboarding/snowboarding?

I was wondering since the bottoms get scuffed up and that would add more drag would this be something to try? Just curious.

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Old 05-24-2009   #2
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Are you trying to protect it from rocks?

For what it's worth, you wax surfboards for a very differnt reason than you wax a snowboard.

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Old 05-24-2009   #3
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I armour all my boats when I try to sell them. Seriously though, waxing has no affect on hull speed. At best it slows a boat. With a sailboat hull, the fastest treatment is a fine grit sandpaper. The effect is similar to golf ball dimples, but on a micro scale. A waxed sailboat hull has air bubbles sticking to it, which slows it. I am sure there is some similarity with a plastic hull.

If you are looking for protection versus speed, then I do not have any knowledge, only opinions. I would guess wax could help with sun damage, but then you might be more likely to damage your car when it slips from your hands and bounces off your hood. There can be no protecting boats from rocks, they are too abrasive. Your pride and joy today will be outdated or broken in three years, so don't bother protecting it.
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Old 05-26-2009   #4
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You can use paddle wax on your paddle for a better grip. But i have never heard of waxing a kayak. I wouldn't think it would do much good.
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Old 05-26-2009   #5
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I think it is a good idea for snow kayaking
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Old 05-26-2009   #6
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Take the leftover bacon juice from you pan in the morning an drizzel it over the bottom of your hull. For extreme cases, you can also use a piece of bacon as an applicator to rub it in good. Make sure it gets in all the scrapes and cracks. You don't want any part of your hull left out, or guaranteed, that will be the point of failure. Make sure you eat the applicator strip of bacon, too, wasted bacon is a travesty beyond words. This process, combined with the bacon in your belly, will ensure you grease your lines that day. Re-apply every 24 hours.

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