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Im a soon to be owner of what i consider to be a quality angling kayak. Im putting quite a bit of money into the inital buy in hopes of having it for years down the road. Ive heard of people coating the hull of the kayak with a protective surface from dings and scratches. I was wondering how a spray on bed liner material like Rhino or Line-X would work on the bottom of a kayak. Any Suggegstions?

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Though I don't personally think it's necessary, it got me thinking.

 

I did some digging and I came up with this.

 

It's a few years old but does have some info.

 

A-Jay

 

http://www.westcoastpaddler.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1563&view=unread

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The first question I would ask is, "How much weight will it add to the kayak?" 

 

I'd use the kayak for a while.  If it got scuffed and dinged, then I'd consider having it coated.

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I wouldn't do it.  I have been kayak fishing for about 3-4 seasons now and my river boat, Jackson Coosa, has scratches and gouges but nothing to worry about.  It would take a pretty catastrophic hit to puncture a kayak or scratch it to the point of having to replace it or causing a leak.  Remember, whitewater kayaks use the same process for their boats and go through way more abuse than any fishing kayak and rarely do they fail.

 

And just to be clear, i do not baby my boats and very often use rocks to hold my in position while on the river and don't hesitate to go over ledges and the like.  For a flat water boat i definitely think it would be overkill.  

 

I would also guess that the added weight would change the dynamics of the boat.

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Welcome to the forums!

 

I don't really baby my yak, either. If it has a problem, I'd find a material to patch the particular area as opposed to coating the entire boat.

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I would also think that even with the smooth version of the rhino lining it would still add a good bit of drag to the boat as well.

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I would say the gain in toughness vs the rotomolded polyethylene would be minimal when considered against the weight and drag added. I bet it'd make it harder to slide down to the water on grass and mud too. There are keel guards for kayaks that might make a little more sense if you're looking to protect the most-abused portion.

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yep, too much weight and drag. If you dont drag it to n from the water it wont get much wear on the bottom. Get a set of wheels for it and it will work out well.

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Wouldn't do it either….  I put mine through a lot, don't baby mine as stated above and have yet to put a scratch that's really worth mentioning.  I'd be concerned with it messing with the drag and tracking of the kayak.  another thing i was thinking about is how well the stuff would hold to the materials of the kayak and how long that hold would last.  lastly, i personally would be afraid that it would act differently being sprayed on a softer material (kayak) than the usual material (truck bed).  by that i'm talking like heating/cooling flexing and so forth and if it would maybe harm the kayak in someway.

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