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FishHawk 03-07-2002 05:33 AM

Sun effect on plastic yaks
Saw with my own eyes what effect the sun can have on a plastic yak. It distorts the hull if left to sit in the sun all the time. I never leave my yak in the sun while storing it outside in the summer. Wonder if leaving my yak strapped to*my car for eight hours while I work and then go fishing afterwards would do damage to the yak? Anyone have problems with sun damage on their yaks?

Adrian 03-07-2002 09:00 AM

Good question FishHawk. I'm wondering about my Yak being strapped to the car roof for a day if I decide to 'whimp out' and jump the rip ryder.

I seem to remember reading somewhere that the modern plastics (linear polypropylene (sp?)) are more resistant to UV than earlier materials. Long time since I did any Organic Chemistry but UV effects are cumulative over time.

Went to the WS website and they recommend 303 UV protectant. Lots of places to get it - here's one:

Eddie 03-10-2002 07:40 PM

I have seen kyaks stored on car racks, under tension, in the sun. They look like a bannana. I'm sure that this promotes manuverability, but can you say weather cock?

striblue 03-10-2002 09:41 PM

Don't worry.. at our ages, by the time the sun ruins your yak you will already have your flats boat:hehe:

fisheze 03-28-2002 09:12 PM

I've got a Perception Prism. Unfortunately, I don't use it as much as I should since I bought a power boat. I keep my kayak stored under the shade of a tree. Occasionally, I treat it with Armoral and it seems to be in fine shape so far.
It's a sweet kayak. I've got it rigged up with and anchor line, rod holder and a bucket in the back hatch for live bait.
All this talk makes me want to take it out again! Should be a nice weekend for it too!


Roop 03-29-2002 05:57 AM

Haven't I seen some real expensive UV protectant spray for yaks?

Angie, I think the Armor All is a great idea, I've wondered if using something, some kind of wax, might help decrease the effort needed to maintain momentum/ speed with a plastic yak.

Any thoughts based on your experiences?


FredA 03-29-2002 06:21 AM

Saw some 303 at EMS last week for 8 bucks. Boxes looked like they had been hanging around awile - don't know what the shelf life is. This stuff normally goes for about $15.

Does Armoural offer UV protection?

One thing I don't expect to do is hand the plastic yak down to my grandchildren. My guess is after 4 or 5 summers lashed to the roof of the car and it's ready for the milk bottle recyling bin.

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