Properly Storing Your Old Town
CANOES: Should always be stored upside down, even over night. Set on saw horses or blocks, if at all possible, as this will allow the gunwales to carry the weight.
KAYAKS: Should be stored on their sides or standing on one end, if at all possible. If stored outside we recommend an Old Town kayak cockpit cover to prevent the possibility of water getting inside. Another option is to store it upside-down, preferably in slings or on cradle type saw horses. This will keep the decks from being distorted.
If you live or frequent areas where the wind blows hard and you store your boat in the open, we recommend you tie it down.
At the end of the season, clean your canoe/kayak and give it an inspection. If you notice a scrape or wear spot through the exterior color layer, we suggest using Krylon Fusion, a paint made for plastic. This will protect the sub layers from the harmful effects of ultraviolet light. Krylon Fusion is only semi-permanent so you may need to touch up your canoe/kayak every other year or so depending on how much wear and tear it gets.
Ultraviolet light from the sun may fade the color in time. If possible, store your boat out of the sun. A garage is perfect. If you must store your canoe or kayak outside, do not cover it by laying a tarp directly on it. With the heat of the sun, the tarp creates an oven that can damage, distort, or discolor the hull. A tarp, properly suspended above the boat, will protect the boat from ultraviolet light. Simply leave an air space to allow for air circulation.
Canoes should always be stored upside down. Put on garage rafters, saw horses, blocks or in slings suspended from the ceiling. If you choose to hang your canoe from the celing we strongly suggest using a harness system or 2" wide nylon straps. Hang the canoe upside down and place the harness/straps around the entire hull of the canoe allowing the weight of the canoe to rest on the gunwales. If possible use a strap on the bow, one on the stern and one in the center to evenly distribute the weight. **DO NOT HANG THE CANOE BY THE FRONT OR REAR DECK OR CARRYING HANDLES.** These handles were not designed for that type of use and could cause damage to your canoe.
Kayaks should be stored standing on one end or on their sides. If stored outside with the possibility of water getting inside, we recommend a cockpit cover. Another option is to store it upside-down. Upside-down storage should be in slings or “cradle” type saw horses to help prevent hull distortion. If you choose to hang your kayak from the celing we strongly suggest using a harness system or 2" wide nylon straps. Hang the kayak upside down and place the harness/straps around the entire hull of the kayak allowing the weight of the kayak to rest on the top deck of the kayak. **DO NOT HANG THE KAYAK BY THE FRONT OR REAR CARRYING HANDLES.** These handles were not designed for that type of use and could cause damage to your kayak.
If you must store your boat outside, we recommend you tie it down. Strong winds can catch the underside, flip it, and cause damage.