Prepping your canoe and/or kayak for the winter ahead.

We get asked quite often what one can do to best prepare their composite boat for winter. It’s tempting to just put the boat in the garage and forget about it, so here’s quick look at the best steps to winterizing your canoe or kayak.

First, grab a couple sawhorses (or foam blocks) and fill up a bucket with mild soap. Dawn is perfect. If you have access to a hose, set the horses up near it. Spray into both the cockpit and hatches to loosen up dirt and ensure the best wash. Wash your boat inside and out with a mild soap.

Inspect it as you do, take note of any damage that may be new from the last season. You’ll want to have a plan for repairs, whether that is doing it yourself in the spring or scheduling with a local repair shop. Lincoln’s short window for repairs fills quickly and we often have to disappoint folks with a less than ideal turnaround time.

If you have anything on your boat that has tension, relax those things. Drop the skeg or rudder, loosen any straps you might have (older Lincoln’s have hatch straps, keep them connected but loosen them just a tad). Use 303 Aerospace Protectant on rubber hatch covers to condition the rubber. Once everything dries, seal your cockpit with a cockpit cover to keep critters out. We recommend the product line from Seals. Orders can be placed through us for direct ship to you.

Over the winter your kayak is best stored with minimal pressure on the hull by placing it in cradles that tilt it on its side. Some folks have cradles installed on the wall, or a suspension pulley system is a great option too. If you’re using these methods, make sure you align your brackets/straps with the bulkheads where the hull is strongest.

For CANOES: Everything above applies, and they are best stored upside down on their gunwales / rails (or suspended with pulleys).

Canoes and Kayaks are ideally stored inside. If you must store outside under the elements, keep the boat up (especially the canoe’s gunwales / rails), removed from the frost and moisture. We’ve seen racks built, or sawhorses used.

Also key to keep in a place away from possible snow melt. We saw quite a few canoes and kayaks come in this spring that had cracked under the pressure of large snowfalls.

Recap:

  1. Wash with mild soap
  2. Examine for repairs and plan (or schedule) them well in advance of next season
  3. Loosen any straps, condition rubber with 303
  4. Store on racks, especially if stored outside

How about the gear?

Just like the kayak, examine and wash your gear with mild soap (or specially formulated dry / wetsuit soap if applicable). This includes your PFD, spray skirt, hatch covers. Several companies make a neoprene shampoo. We recommend . You can also use MiraZyme Odor Eliminator with gear that’s getting especially ripe. This is a great time to apply 303 Aeropsace Protectant to your neck and wrist gaskets and if necessary, replace your gaskets. Store your gear in a cool, dry place with zippers open. If you use a hanger, make sure it’s wooden or metal. Plastic react negatively with the latex over time.

Lastly, do a quick look through your first-aid kit and bailout bag. Throw away any perishables or items that could cause damage, like leaky batteries. Especially focus on removing food. You don’t want to attract friends through the winter!

Perfect. Now you know you can spend the winter on the trails and slopes and your gear will be in great shape when you open things up for the next season.

Recap:

  1. Wash your gear with mild soap and take note of any need for repair
  2. Condition your latex with Protectant 303 to ensure maximum lifespan
  3. Store dry gear in a cool / dry place with zippers open and avoid plastic hangers
  4. Remove anything from your kits that could cause damage or attract unwanted visitors over the winter: batteries, snacks, et cetera.  

Why Saltspray?

Because to us, saltspray is what adventure tastes like. Salt is a basic yet integral component of natural life and as a word it weaves its way through our language. At Lincoln we seek out the salt of the earth to join us on the next adventure, our boats are worth their salt, and we've all bought a lobster (or several) from a salty 'ol fisherman while paddling the coast of Maine. Saltspray. It's our blog and we hope you'll enjoy.

The Isle Au Haut and I

Guest Blog Entry from Nick Dyslin.

From time to time we get visitors who we welcome as they pleasantly interrupt the whir of shop’s activities. Recently, one such visitor was the one-of-a-kind, retired rep, Nick Dyslin. Over the years, Nick has helped us open doors and continue to build Lincoln’s network of dealers. He’s also, we’re proud to say, an avid fan of the Lincoln line. So far Nick has paddled about half of the Lincoln kayaks and enjoyed all of them. After spending the late season paddling in the Isle Au Haut, Nick wrote us the following and we couldn’t wait to share:

It was at the event in Maine when Sandy Martin introduced the Lincoln Isle Au Haut. My job at the time was selling and distributing Necky Kayaks and Kokatat paddling gear. At the same event Necky introduced the Elaho. The Isle Au Haut (an island off the Maine coast) and The Elaho (a river in BC).

While both boats were well received as very different and offering unique features, their similar sounding names caused them to be confused for each other over the years.

Some twenty years out from that paddling event, when Marc and Ron bought Lincoln, Marc got me out of retirement and I was excited to help because of my respect for Sandy’s designs and Marc’s plan to take Lincoln to a good place. 

When I started I chose to paddle a Eggemoggin a boat for the medium to large paddler. Then while standing in a tradeshow booth and looking at the Isle Au Haut and its updated deck design, I thought “that’s not that small.” I was curious.

Nick Dyslin paddling the Isle Au Haut in coastal waters off Beaufort, NC. 

The next step was to try a demo: GREAT FIT, NO BOW WAVE, FEELS GOOD. Then a paddle: light to the touch, rock solid, really gets up to speed fast, handles the bump and it tracks like it’s on rails. And at the end it’s light to put on the truck.

So whether it’s the Adirondack Coast or off Shackleford Banks or any place in between, I am loving this boat! 

I am so very glad that the Isle Au Haut has crossed my path again

- Nick Dyslin -

Why Saltspray?

Because to us, saltspray is what adventure tastes like. Salt is a basic yet integral component of natural life and as a word it weaves its way through our language. At Lincoln we seek out the salt of the earth to join us on the next adventure, our boats are worth their salt, and we've all bought a lobster (or several) from a salty 'ol fisherman while paddling the coast of Maine. Saltspray. It's our blog and we hope you'll enjoy.

A LINCOLN FIRST: SHARK BITES KAYAK IN GEORGIA WATERS

We often receive e-mails and calls from customers who need advice about making a repair. They have had experiences with their kayaks/canoes sustaining various injuries from scrapes and impacts while carloading to on-water crashes or stories about New England winter chaos.

The e-mail we received the other day takes the cake. 

An Isle Au Haut, that made its home in the Sunshine state in the fall of 2014 was chewed on by a Mako Shark off the coast of Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia. 

GPS tracks of the trip (the ‘fish’ waypoint is where the bite occurred).

GPS tracks of the trip (the ‘fish’ waypoint is where the bite occurred).

We thought it was too interesting to keep to ourselves, so we got Andy's permission to share his tale. 

Sure [you can share the tale] - Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of the ‘event’.  It occurred at about 3 a.m. on a ‘new moon’ night.

This was my 9th  time around Cumberland in the ‘Isle Au Haut’. I have done in many other times in other ‘yaks, but at this point, this one is the yak of choice – very comfortable (for the 11 to 12 hour paddle), fairly fast (I’m not a fast paddler, but ‘comparatively’, this one is the faster), seaworthy, and LIGHT (the hardest part of these paddles, for me, is to and from the vehicle and water). 

Isle Au Haut, Florida, Mako Bites

I was about a ¼ mile north of the jetty (about 4 miles from the start), heading north up Cumberland Island (the jetty extends about 2 miles out to sea). The sea conditions were ‘flat’. (this did give me concern, as I knew this would ‘light me up’ to creatures below – the splashing of the paddle). I thought that I’d heard the splashing of bait fish behind me, shortly after that, a little bit louder splash, then quickly after that felt the bite on the kayak. I turned around, and saw the ‘sparkly’ trail (biolum.) of the shark leaving. Twice in the next hour, I heard, and then turned around to see that I was being followed again by a shark (saw the fin). Each time I stopped and the shark went away. 

The rest of the trip (another 18 miles of ocean, then 25 intracoastal) - had no more ‘visits’.

I was surprised that the ‘bite’ didn’t shake the kayak more, I didn’t even need a slap brace. Probably because of where it hit, and it was a ‘smallish’ shark (guessing by the size of the bite mark).

After paddling about an hour after the bite, I checked the rear bulkhead (I’m able to reach behind me to access the rear hatch – thanks for NOT doing what most of the others do - putting in large oval rear hatches) and discovered a very small leak (I would not have to paddle in to shore – I just put my sponge back there, and checked it every other hour or so).

This was the 1st time I’ve been bit in a kayak (several years ago – I did have one bite my paddle blade), and I’ve paddle quite a few miles, so the miles/shark bite ratio is still VERY low.

 A few shots of the ‘bite’ mark (doesn’t show very well):

BTW – love the kayak

- Andy

 

Glad you're loving the Isle Au Haut and experiencing adventure too, but most of all we're glad you're safe, Andy. 

 

Why Saltspray?

Because to us, saltspray is what adventure tastes like. Salt is a basic yet integral component of natural life and as a word it weaves its way through our language. At Lincoln we seek out the salt of the earth to join us on the next adventure, our boats are worth their salt, and we've all bought a lobster (or several) from a salty 'ol fisherman while paddling the coast of Maine. Saltspray. It's our blog and we hope you'll enjoy.