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Old 06-06-2009   #1
Boulder, Colorado
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Maintenance tips for a PVC glued kayak

What should I do to ensure a long life for a PVC/glued kayak?

I picked up two Zoik PVC kayaks, they come with a 5 year warranty and the guys over at (not where I bought it from) said a well maintained kayak of this type should last 12-13 years. I forgot to ask what proper maintenance is, any tips would be appreciated.

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Old 06-08-2009   #2
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Store clean and dry partially inflated for rolled loosely. A preventative tip that i have used on PVC glued boats to prolong the time until the glued seams fail, is to treat with inflatable boat sealant inside the tubes every few years. This stuff is alos great for pin hole leaks. Probably don't need to do it for 5 years or so if the boat is new. Keep the pressue at or below the manufactureres recommended level.
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