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Kayaks 101: How to store and protect your kayak

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Kayaking is a great way to spend a summer afternoon relaxing on the water with friends, or getting a workout in an unconventional way. With several different types of kayaks to choose from, it can be confusing to know which one is the best for your needs. While some people want to get out on the open ocean, others might want to just have a boat that allows them to take a break in a small lake behind their house, read a book, fish, or just admire their surroundings.

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What’s the difference between a kayak and a sea kayak?

Also referred to as an ocean kayak, a sea kayak is meant to be used in open water settings, like the ocean, large lakes, and bays. Usually, they’re longer than traditional kayaks and have a more streamlined shape for moving through the water more efficiently. Your center of gravity is also going to be lower in an ocean kayak, which provides you with more stability, reducing your risk of capsizing.

A regular kayak can refer to a pedal kayak, fishing kayak, or any other type that is propelled by a double-bladed paddle. These kayaks are usually a bit shorter, and used more for recreational activities.

Are folding kayaks any good?

When used in the right circumstances, folding kayaks can be very useful for fun outings. Some of them are just as durable as regular kayaks, and are even built with hardshell frames. Depending on the model you use, you can even take them on rougher waters like the ocean.

If you really want to pick up kayaking but you’re on a budget, folding kayaks are a great option.

How to store and protect your kayak

Once you have your kayak, it’s imperative that you understand how to clean, maintain, and protect it so you can prolong its lifespan and continue to enjoy it for years to come.

  • Store it in a cool, dry, and shaded area. If you have space in a shed or a garage, this is ideal so it isn’t exposed to extreme weather and temperatures.
  • Keep it stored off the ground so you don’t wind up with unwanted moisture and debris build-up. If you have the space to store it in an upright position, this is better to avoid warping and make it easier to maneuver.
  • Check on the kayak periodically just to make sure there hasn’t been any damage to it over time. Also make sure that everyone in the household knows not to put anything on top of it.


If you’re looking to buy a new kayak, a kayak seat, or any kayak accessories, be sure to subscribe to Mulberry Unlimited for product protection and rewards on all your purchases. This way, you can invest in the products you really want, without worrying about how much it might cost to replace them.

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Kim Miller

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Kim Miller is the Head of Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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