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DIY Upgrades for Kayaks, Paddleboards, Canoes, Surfskis at Pimp My Kayak Clinic

Our annual spring Paddle KC Pimp My Kayak/SUP/Canoe Clinic in the Kansas City area is always a useful event for those interested in DIY upgrades and repairs to their kayaks, SUPs, canoes, surfskis or gear. We bring our new or old boats and boards out to the park, along with tools and supplies, for a day of accessorizing and DIY upgrades. We share tools, supplies and tips to help everyone get their projects done. It’s a great way to meet members and have a good time while prepping for the upcoming busy season for paddling.

If you’re unsure of which option to choose for a particular upgrade, ask on that April 14th Pimp My Kayak/SUP/Canoe event page for feedback before ordering items to use at the event. Our members have tried a LOT of upgrades, accessories and DIY fixes and can usually tell you which are a better value, and which to avoid and why. You’ll see many examples at our monthly Paddle KC paddling club activities.

Plan Ahead For Your SUP, Canoe and Kayak DIY Upgrades

It does take a little pre-planning to figure out what you want to do and all supplies and tools you’ll need. Inspect your boat or board for wear and tear, including fraying deck lines, missing or damaged parts, leaking bulkheads, etc. Think about how and where you plan to paddle, and what upgrades or accessories will make that easier, more comfortable, or safer. Check out these accessorizing and enhancing ideas and supplies below for ideas.

If you need a specialty repair part or something that you don’t see on one of the sites below, you may need to contact the manufacturer’s support and allow plenty of time (sometimes weeks) for parts delivery.

Examples of DIY Enhancements for Kayaks, SUPs, Canoes

When you paddle a while, you learn what you need to have and what you want to have on your boat or board. Here are a few examples of items that are popular with our members at this annual DIY session.

Mounts For Lights, Gps Devices, Cameras

Mounts for Various Devices

Tiny Mount for Lights, Cups, Cameras (popular!)

9 inch Track for Mounts (popular!)

Tall Light and Flag With Mount Kit (popular!)

Tall Light Repair Kit

Deck Riggings

Kayak DIY upgrades

Deck Rigging Kit, Black Stainless Steel

Large Deck Rigging Kit, Black Stainless Steel (popular!)

D-rings with Bungee Cord for Inflatable SUP or Kayak (popular!)

Customizable Full Deck Pad for SUP

Dog Deck Pad for SUP (popular!)

Handles for Kayaks and Inflatables

Bungee Paddle Holder (popular!)

Drink Holders

Kayak drink holders

Cup for Track Mount Systems

Cup + Phone Holder for Track Mount Systems

Seat and Cockpit Accessories

Kayak Seat and Cockpit Accessories

Always read descriptions and reviews to confirm the seat upgrade fits your kayak model.

Seat Kits, Backs, and Cushions

Pelican Kayak Seat Upgrade

Sit On Top and Inflatable Kayak Seat with Lumbar Support

Hobie Kayak Seat Cushion Upgrade

MR340-Worthy Kayak Seat Pad, Heavy Duty Inflatable Cushion

Delta Kayak Hip Pads Fit Kit

Oru Thigh Brace Kit

Supplies for Repairs, Patching, Leaky Bulkheads, Keel Guards

Kayak and paddleboard repair and patching

Marine Grade Sealant

Marine Goop

Keel Guards and Bumpers

Repair Patch for Plastic, Fiberglass, Aluminum Boats (popular!)

Paddleboard Rail Saver Tape (popular!)

Paddleboard Repair Kit for Hard Boards

Repair Kit for Hobie Kayaks

Patch Kit for Inflatable SUPs, kayaks, and rafts

Oru Kayaks Repair Kit (popular!)

Rudders and Skegs

Kayak rudder and skeg upgrades

Rudder Kit for Most Wilderness System Kayaks

Hobie Kick Up Turbo Fin Kit

Oru Kayak Skeg Kit

Transport and Load Assist Options

Kayak transport and load assist racks


Hobie Pro Angler Kayak Cradles

Load Assist Bar for Yakima Round Crossbars (popular!)

Kayak Wing Carrier with Load Assist

Showdown Boat Loading Assist

Hullivator Boat Loading Assist (popular!)

Bow and Stern Quick Tie Downs (popular!)

Helpful Tools for DIY Projects

Boat or board stand

Seam Grip Waterproof Sealant


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