Exposure to the sun weakens a kayak's hull, especially for kayaks made from plastic. Although treating a kayak with an aerospace protectant spray extends its life, protecting a kayak with a hull cover keeps it completely out of the sun during storage or transport. A kayak cover is a length of fabric, big enough to cover the kayak, sewn into a tube. Commercial covers can cost over £260. By making your own, you save money.
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Things you need
- Tyvek fabric
- Sewing machine
- 4-foot zipper
Roll out a length of Tyvek 3 feet longer than the kayak. Face the blank side down and the side with the logos up.
Center the kayak on the Tyvek.
Wrap the Tyvek into a tube around the kayak. The final cover should fit snugly around the kayak, but be loose enough to allow the kayak to slide in and out of the tube. By wrapping the Tyvek around the kayak, you can trim the final cover for a custom fit.
Cut excess fabric from the Tyvek sheet leaving enough extra fabric for a 1-inch seam.
Remove the kayak and fold the fabric in half the long way.
Sew each narrow end of the cover closed. Double stitch for extra durability.
Sew a 4-foot zipper into the cover so that one end aligns with one of the narrow ends. Sew it so the zipper opens towards the centre; when closed the zipper pull sits near one of the narrow ends. Face the zipper toward the inside.
Sew the remainder of the open seam closed with double stitching for durability.
Turn the cover inside out.
Insert the kayak into the cover. Zip it closed for storage or transport.
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