You can learn the basics of quality care for your winter kayak storage. Your kayak deserves to be well-cared for this entire winter. Preparation is a key ingredient for winter storage. You will want your kayak to be in superior condition next spring, and it doesn’t matter if you’ve bought the best fishing kayak for the money if you don’t take care of it between seasons. The transition from winter to spring can be smooth and simple if you apply some solid methods for storing it over the winter. Boat storage is a vital part of the overall maintenance of your kayak. Quality winter care will add years to the life of any boat.

A Good Starting Point
A really good place to start your preparation for winter a complete deep cleaning. You can begin your winter storage by making sure that your kayak is completely ready to go next spring. Clean your kayak inside and out. Make certain every item is secure and clean from the summer use. You can use a mild soap and water solution to freshen your boat up before storage. When you are ready to use it again next spring, it will be all ready to provide you with a refreshing ride on the waters. The cleaning ideas include:

  • Very lightly spray it with an Aerospace Protectant. This is similar to waxing a car. A 303 Aerospace Protectant will keep your kayak looking smartly polished. It will even protect your paint. You can use an old oven mitt to apply it evenly and smoothly
  • Any metal pieces can be oiled lightly. Just a little oil will work wonders
  • Give all loose pieces, bolts and screws a good tightening up. Take inventory as you tighten and update and replace if needed
  • Beware of possible intruders. Critters and rodents are unwanted guests. You can remove any fabric materials, like the seat, and deflect the unwanted guests because the critters like to nestle inside fabric in winter

Protection for your Kayak
It does not matter if you will store you kayak outdoors or indoors, you will want to consider covering the entire boat. A cover will provide good protection all winter long. A quality cover will keep dust and critters out. You can get a cockpit cover or even a full boat cover. Protect your beloved kayak all winter long by making sure it is fully covered.

Prevent Warping over the Winter
If you have a good rack system set up, you will prevent winter warping. A hull can easily become warped during winter storage. The cause of warping has been known to come from sitting on a floor all winter long. Warping can be prevented by storing it on a rack for the winter. There are a variety of rack systems to choose from. You are certain to find the right rack for your kayak.

Avoid Pressure
It is important to know, your kayak will survive winter storage much better if you do not put pressure on it. This means keeping the pressure off the bottom of the hull. You can store your kayak upside down in order to avoid putting any pressure on the bottom part of the hull. Any kayak sitting on a hard surface has the potential to become dented. If you do not have access to a rack system, simply turn your entire kayak upside down. The cockpit can rest comfortably on the ground.

“Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill”

Christopher Parker

There’s no shame in it. We all get stuck procrastinating sometimes. Here are 7 hacks you can use to help you blast the procrastination to oblivion. Imagine being an unstoppable avalanche of action. Now you can do it.

Procrastination can be removed with a few simple strategies, you just need to know what they are and then have the faith to implement them. All you have to do is implement just one of these easy strategies and it will work magic.

  1. Put the toughest thing first – put something you don’t want to do at the head of the line and then you simply must to get through it before you can get to something you want to do or would mind doing. You will find yourself naturally driven by the desire to get onto a job you want to do and end up doing it quickly to get it out of the way and onto more enjoyable things
  2. Chunk down and Increase your Expectation of success – the chances of you doing something are directly related to the expectation of achieving it and the reward from its success. Simply split the job into doable tasks (maybe of 15 or 30 minutes for example) and then you will easily boost your chances of it getting done as it seems so simple. In the process you’ll naturally remove the 1st obstacle to procrastination.
  3. Increase your Reward for doing it – the 2nd part of the equation of getting something done is the reward. Tell yourself “after I ______ I really deserve _____” and give yourself a real nice reward worthy going that extra mile for. Then look at the idea of anticipation to bring that reward much closer
  4. Say “I’m not going to____ I’ll just ____” – and easily trick the mind into starting. Take the task you don’t want to do and tell your mind that you aren’t going to do it… then follow with an element of the actual task. i.e. I’m not going to vacuum the house, I’ll just get the vacuum out and plug it in. Bingo… off ya go
  5. Split up the task and do 1 little thing – Just do one thing or one part of the task for 10 minutes… now you’re up and moving along it feels so good you don’t want to stop do you
  6. Recognize the tell tale signals of procrastination – learn to recognize when you are about to delay or procrastinate and tell yourself firmly “Stop”. Walk around for 30 seconds and take a deep breath. Re-focus on the next little element that needs to be done. Pat yourself on the back
  7. Choose the smallest possible element and do it – start with something so small its laughable and just do it… take the next and do it… again, now ya movin’

I just love having these to fall back on – they have simply and dramatically changed my productivity and approach to doing things and beating that devil called procrastination.

Please tell me your story and any additional hacks you have for when you don’t want to do something.