Kayak - Cleaning out after Having Been Stored outside for Several Years

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My dad has a kayak (Wilderness Pungo 120) that he bought years ago, only used a handful of times, and has since been sitting in his backyard gathering dust, leaves and redbacks šŸ˜…

Have started the cleaning process but could use some pointers on how to best clean out the inside so I can guarantee that no creepy crawlies are going to make their way up my shorts while I'm out on the water šŸ˜…

Also any beginners kayaking tips as I'm a complete noob! I'm near the maribyrnong so will likely start there..

Any tips, links, noob abuse - bring it!

Cheers
Ryan

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    Have started the cleaning process but could use some pointers on how to best clean out the inside so I can guarantee that no creepy crawlies are going to make their way up my shorts while I'm out on the water šŸ˜…

    Fill the thing with water and drown whatever's in there?

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      I got bitten underwater by a white tail in the bathtub when I was a child so not confident on that idea šŸ˜…

      Have it hoisted up, giving it a few rounds with big spray before I hose it out. See how we go

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    Hose it out a couple of times and use dish soap or car wash stuff on it and take all the seats and stuff off

    if really scared fumigate it first with bug spray

    Make sure you have a life vest

    My advice is to look for the easier quite parts of the maribyrnong river first like the edgewater marina or canning reserve- stay close to the banks or better yet try a lake first

    I would not start with the main channel first shot

    Some areas can look easy but can get pretty iffy especially when a big boat comes along or you fall in and need to learn to flip the kyak over and climb back in

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    Dose it internally with surface bug spray stuff. Let sit for and hour and spray out with water numerous times.

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    Your dad bought a very decent kayak - good to read that you will be putting it to use again.

    You've got some great instructions above as to how to clean it out of any pesky creepy-crawlies.

    Definitely look into storing the kayak properly - a cover is also a suggestion.

    I recommend getting lessons - especially in how to roll a kayak - as this will give you confidence in the water.

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    1. Remove all fittings.

    2. Open all bung covers.

    3. Run freshwater through and make sure it flows put the bung ports.

    4. Estimate the air volume of the kayak. Fill about a fifth with diluted bleach, kinda like cleaning a baby bottle. This will kill any algae.

    5. Pressure hose the exterior.

    6. Apply plastic UV protector.

    We do this at the end of every season.

    Safety lessons. First trip out, learn to reenter from an upside down yak position. Second lesson, learn to anchor if fishing.

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    Iā€™d just unload some insect spray inside each opening a few times then wash with water and hit it with a little surface spray afterwards.

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    Fill all the holes with methylated spirits and light it on fire.

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