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Take Care of Your Gear and it Will Take Care of You.
While it is fun to go river kayaking as an excuse to wash your gear after sea kayaking, the truth is that you really do need to rinse your gear then hang it to dry every time you use it. Salt, grit, algae and all kinds of nasty particles will act like sandpaper in the fibers of your boating togs and destroy the fabric. Use mild biodegradable soap then rinse well. The money you save by making your stuff last can pay for gas to get to your favorite put-in or beer afterwards!