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 Post subject: Re: In my pool
PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:20 am 
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I'm going to take one of my older kayaks and drop it in my brother's pond and just leave it. We'll see what happens. I think one of the advantages of plastic is that the little critters and assorted plants that tend to get onto other surfaces have a much tougher time with plastic.

Of course, this could take many years before we have a definitive answer. I'm guessing it'll still be floating high and dry (above the waterline) well after I've departed this place. If not, I'll report back.

If little critters and plantlife do degrade the hull, then all the talk about plastic bottles and bags filling up our landfills and refusing to break down for thousands of years has been completely off base.


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 Post subject: Re: In my pool
PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:56 pm 
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xpresso2am wrote:
wrap it in plastic so the hull doesnt touch the water, and toss her in! thats fast simple and easy to do.

Like what a kayak condom.... sorry I just had to

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 Post subject: Re: In my pool
PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:23 pm 
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Location: Bluegrass Region of Central KY
Ponds, pools, and rain are all different. Filter baskets, return fittings, balls valves, and other plastic components in the highly treated water of pools and spas degrade and become brittle fairly quickly. I have to replace plastic components every three years minimum. Even in lakes, boat owners - who can afford to - install lifts on their docks to get their boats out of the water. Those who can't afford a lift and keep their boat in a slip will trailer their boats out of the water frequently to remove algae and repair the clear coat below the water line. Trying to get an algae line cleaned off a boat hull is an all afternoon job if you are successful at all.

Listen to what Hobie just told you. They may not be as bright as some on this forum and can't explain the differences of plastic bottles, rain barrels, boats in ponds, the equation "spending enough days on the water=long term exposure", but they hold the warranty and know something about chemistry. Sarcastic know-it-alls aside, it's your boat, do what you think is right. At least check the water for pH, alkalinity, calcium (hardness), chlorine levels before storing it in the pool and anchor so it doesn't rub the coping.

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