Kayak Transport & Care
All Wavedance kayaks can be transported on top of a car, using a roof rack. Face down is best, or, if more than one, on their sides or stacked face down. Padding or clips should be used to protect the craft from rubbing on metal. To minimise movement, tie the kayak twice across (using the scupper holes if convenient as it is only for a relatively brief period) and from the front and rear. If transporting inside a van ortruck, protect the kayak from any hard metal flooring.
Use the handles for carrying rather than the grabline or cargo straps. Two people can easily carry two kayaks if each takes a handle of both kayaks. Provided the weight is acceptable, one person can carry the Echo, Encore or Calypso solo – with the optional use of a carry strap.
Although Wavedance kayaks are made from factor-11 UV rated polyethylene, they should be stored out of the sun to maintain optimum condition. It is advisable to drain and clean your kayak (see below) before lengthy storage. Face down, on end, hanging, and on edge are all recommended ways of storing.
Your kayak can be kept looking like new if it is regularly cleaned and maintained. The presence of sea water in the hull will not damage the polyethylene material but you should always drain your kayak after use by opening the bunghole and placing the kayak on end. Wash your kayak with fresh water and dry it off. The polyethylene has a slightly rough surface, which can trap grime. At least a couple of times a season -and before storing – gently scrub the kayak, using mild dishwashing detergent and warm water. Pressure hosing is an effective alternative.
Wavedance kayaks’ linear polyethylene construction is very tough and can withstand most knocks and bumps that are part of normal use. In the event of serious damage (perhaps as a result of an unusual accident, vandalism or misuse) it is weldable for repair. Wavedance kayaks have a 10-year warranty on the hull. This excludes intentional or unintentional damage caused by sharp objects or dragging over rough surfaces.