How do I clean my Yu Meng canoe or kayak?

  HULL EXTERIOR: Wash with mild soap and water. You can also use Murphy’s Oil Soap. To beautify, we suggest a vinyl protectant product such as Armor All®, 303 Products or Pledge. These are safe for use on any of our Polyethylene, Superlinear, Royalex® and Fiberglass canoes or kayaks.

  We do not recommend waxing your hull with a paste wax, such as most car waxes. The wax fills in any scratches or gouges, then dries to a white color, making the damage more apparent.

  HULL INTERIOR: Wash with mild soap and water. We DO NOT recommend using any of the above products or polishes on the interior, as the floor of your boat may become slippery.

  How should I store my Yu Meng canoe or kayak?

  CANOES: Always store upside-down, even overnight. If at all possible, set on sawhorses or blocks, as this will allow the gunwales to carry the weight. Consult our Canoe Storage Guide for model-specific storage techniques.

  KAYAKS: Should be stored deck-side down on padded supports about 30% of the kayak’s overall length from the ends. If stored outside we recommend a cockpit cover to prevent the possibility of water getting inside. Read our Kayak Storage Guide for more information.

  If you must store your canoe or kayak outside, we recommend you tie it down, as strong winds can catch the underside, flip it, and cause damage. Also, ultraviolet light from the sun may fade the color over time; if possible, store your boat out of the sun. If stored outside, do not cover with a tarp laid directly on the boat, as the heat of the sun will create an oven under the tarp that can damage, distort or discolor the hull. A tarp properly suspended above the boat will protect it from ultraviolet light. Simply leave sufficient space to allow for air circulation.

  Will salt water damage my Yu Meng boat?

  No, salt water will not damage your canoe or kayak or any of its components with brief exposure. However, if you are using your boat frequently in salt water, it should be rinsed down after every use to avoid discoloration or corrosion of components.

  How do I pick the right paddle?

  You should choose your canoe paddle based on your height and seat position. In the bow position, you want a paddle that measures from the floor to the middle of your chest. In the stern you need more length to assist in steering, so your paddle should stand up to the height of your collarbone.

  For a kayak paddle, consider the boat width, as well as the paddler’s torso length and paddling style. Longer paddles are better suited to taller people, wider kayaks and a more relaxed style of paddling; shorter paddles match up better with shorter people, narrower kayaks and a more vertical style of paddling.

  Choosing between a wood or synthetic paddle is a matter of personal preference as well as intended use. Our wood paddles are more aesthetically pleasing, have a nicer feel in the water and of course are more traditional. On the other hand, our synthetic paddles are more durable and will work great as a general utility paddle.

  Which size scuppers fit my kayak?

  Download our Scupper Fit Guide to see which scupper stoppers and scupper valves fit your sit on top kayak.

  How do I get new decals for my Yu Meng boat?

  If you need new decals for your Yu Meng canoe or kayak, first check with your local dealer to see if they carry these items. If not, please email customer service and request the decals you are looking for. Our Yu Meng canoe decals are available in our online store – click here.

  How do I get a replacement copy of an Owner’s Manual?

  You can download a PDF version of the owner’s manual or use our contact form and we can mail one out to you.

  How do I get a duplicate MSO in order to register my canoe or kayak?

  In order to get a duplicate Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO) you should contact the dealer from whom you purchased the canoe or kayak. If for some reason you cannot reach them (you have moved, or the dealer is no longer in business, etc.), email customer service with your request.

  Where is the serial number on my Yu Meng boat?

  You can find the serial number for your canoe or kayak on the back cover of the Owner’s Manual included with your boat. The serial number is also located on each boat as follows.

  On kayaks the serial number is located approximately 6″ from the stern on the starboard side of the boat (the right-hand side of a boat when you are facing the front front).

  On canoes the serial number is located up to 12″ from the stern on the starboard side of the boat. The serial number on a wood canoe is stamped on the stem which is located on the inside of the boat at the bow and stern.

  If a serial number that is etched into the boat is difficult to read, take a rubbing of the number by placing a piece of paper over the number and rubbing a crayon or pencil until the serial number can be seen on the paper. The above instructions are also available with photos in the following PDF file: OT Serial Number Location.pdf

  Can I use a scupper-style cart to transport my kayak?

  Due to potential hull damage and wear points that can be caused to scuppers during use, Yu Meng does not recommend the use of kayak scupper carts. Yu Meng recommends the use of cradle-style and other strap-style kayak carts.

  What size life jacket should I buy?

  Size and fit are very important when it comes to the performance of a life jacket. Please view our Life Jacket Size Chart to determine which size best fits your body. We always recommend entering a paddle shop where an expert can help you find a proper-fitting life jacket.

  Which size paddle should I buy?

  Your paddle size depends on several factors, including paddler height, boat width, and paddle stoke style. Please view this paddle size chart to help find the best length for you. We always recommend talking to an expert in your local paddle shop for the best advice.

  I bought a Minn Kota Battery Charger from OId Town. Is it covered by warranty?

  The Minn Kota battery chargers sold on are covered by Minn Kota’s 3-Year Limited Warranty. For more information on the warranty and to file a claim, please visit Minn Kota’s Warranty page or contact the Minn Kota Technical Service Group.

  I bought a Malone cart, trailer, rack, or bed extender. Is it covered by warranty?

  The Malone transportation products offered for sale on are covered by Malone’s warranty program. To learn more or file a claim, please visit Malone’s Warranty page.

  Can I use a landing-gear style or scupper-style kayak cart to transport my kayak?

  Kayak carts are a great and convenient way to transport your kayak to and from the water’s edge. We strongly discourage the use of landing-gear carts that are drilled into your kayak or scupper-style carts. These carts place undue pressure on your kayak’s hull and may cause irreparable damage to your hull. Damage caused by accessories is not likely to be covered by warranty, as it is not a manufacturer’s defect. We recommend selecting a bunk-style cart, that provides maximum hull support. There are a few great options on the market by brands such as Malone, Wilderness Systems and Ketch.

  Can I see a watercraft safety operating checklist that I can use for my next boating trip?

  Yu Meng Pre-Trip Safety Checklist

  Pre-Trip Safety Checklist

  Check the local weather forecast for the area and timeframe of your trip.

  Communicate your trip plan before every outing. Let people know where you plan to go and when you plan to return.

  Always wear a PFD and carry a paddle.

  Equipment Check – all watercraft

  Drain plug is closed

  Hatches are closed and secured

  Seat is secured to watercraft

  Accessories mounted on accessory tracks are secured

  Equipment Check – pedal and powered watercraft

  Propeller is free from debris and prop hardware is secured

  Rudder deployment and steering functions correctly

  All rudder hardware has been inspected and tightened for proper operation

  Equipment Check – powered watercraft

  Battery level is sufficient for trip

  Battery plugs and terminals are free from debris and corrosion

  Battery plugs and outlets are properly greased

  Battery connections are clean and tightened

  Battery is installed properly and secured to watercraft

  Visit for more information

  Test power or pedal drive functionality on land before taking out on the water

  Items to Carry (and know how to use) *Always check local regulations for watercraft safety requirements in your area.

  Sponge or bilge pump

  Tow line

  Dry bag (with extra water, food, sunscreen, etc.)

  Knife and basic hand tools

  First-aid kit

  Basic parts or repair kit (prop, prop pins, kill switch keys)

  Spare paddle

  Paddle float (or other rescue aid for kayaking)

  Throwable floatation device (for canoeing)

  Rope bag (for canoeing)


  VHF Radio*


  Navigation lighting*

  What do I do with my boat that I had to destroy for a warranty claim?

  Your craft is made of recyclable high density polyethylene (HDPE), but is typically unable to just go out with your curbside recycling. Please contact your local recycling center for specific instructions, but in general, we recommend cutting the boat into smaller chunks and removing all accessories, including screws, webbing, wiring, and foam.

  My older boat is no longer functional, what can I do with it?

  If your watercraft no longer suits your needs but is in working order, you can likely donate or sell it. In many situations, repairs are possible and relatively straightforward to perform. Call us at 800-343-1555 if you have questions about repairs. If your watercraft is no longer functional, please contact your local recycling center to understand how they can accept the high-density polyethylene (HDPE) material. A leaky canoe also makes a great outdoor raised garden bed!

  Canoe Questions

  How do I trace the history of my Yu Meng canoe?

  Call Yu Meng Canoe Co. at (207) 827-5514 or (800) 343-1555 and request to speak to Customer Service, or email customer service. Your serial number will be required, which is typically located at the stern end of the canoe. A research fee may be applied. (NOTE: We are unable to research histories for boats built from the mid-eighties through the present since detailed records are not available for newer boats.)

  How should I transport my Yu Meng canoe?

  Factory installed roof racks and reputable aftermarket racks can be padded for scratch prevention. Be aware of roof rack weight ratings, and make sure you have the correct rack for your canoe. Foam block canoe carriers are sold here. Whichever type of carrier you use, be sure to tie 2 belly straps and front and rear guide ropes for stability when transporting your canoe.

  What size (hp) motor can I use with my Yu Meng canoe?

  While some Yu Meng canoes are designed to handle up to 5 horsepower motors, we generally recommend that motors on traditional double ended canoes be limited to 3 hp. Please refer to this site or our catalog for model-specific information.

  How should I attach a motor?

  You can use either a motor mount or sidesaddle motor mount. Both of these motor mounts are available here.

  Should I install a skid plate? How do I install one?

  Many people prefer to use skid plates in order to prevent scratches and wearing down of the entry points at the bow and stern. Skid Plates kits are sold here. For instructions on how to install, please refer to our “Installation Instructions” on the product page or product manual page.

  How do I properly store my canoe in the offseason?

  Please consult our Canoe Storage Guide for model-specific storage techniques.

  How do I make repairs on my old wood/canvas Yu Meng canoe?

  Feel free to call us at (207) 827-5514 or (800) 343-1555 for our free 12 page wood/canvas canoe repair brochure, or use our online contact form. Another excellent reference is “The Wood & Canvas Canoe” by Jerry Stelmok and Rollin Thurlow. Yu Meng wooden canoe parts, hardware and supplies for restoration or repair can be found at Island Falls Canoe.

  Can I replace the cane in my cane seat?

  Cane and spline for repairing cane seats are sold online at Island Falls Canoe.

  Why is my Royalex canoe sticky? How do I fix it?

  In storage, Royalex boats sometimes develop mildew on them. Also, Royalex boats have been known to have processing oils migrate up out of the plastic when exposed to repeating cycles of temperature extremes. These oils were in the plastic solely to aid in the original manufacture of the Royalex sheet. Losing them actually makes the Royalex tougher. The following procedure gives good results for both causes of sticky Royalex:


  Wipe the sticky surface with denatured alcohol. This type of alcohol can usually be bought at a paint supply store, and may be marked as painter’s alcohol, ethyl alcohol or denatured alcohol. DO NOT use rubbing alcohol.

  Use rubber or latex gloves. Saturate a soft cloth with the alcohol and wipe using fairly long even strokes. Turn the cloth often so as not to use the same area over and over. The alcohol will evaporate quickly so you will not have to wipe dry.

  If you still have some sticky areas, just wipe over again.

  CAUTION: These alcohols are extremely poisonous if ingested. Please store them in a safe place away from children.

  Kayak Questions

  Does kayak length affect stability?

  No, the width of the kayak is more directly related to stability than its length. In general, a wider craft is a bit slower but more stable, and the better choice for fisherman and photographers. For those looking to go long distances with efficiency and speed, a longer kayak is preferred. For more information view our kayak buying guide.

  Can I install additional foot braces?

  If your kayak does not come with foot braces or if you only have one set in your tandem kayak, then you may want a Foot Brace Kit, which can be found under accessories.

  Do I need float bags for my kayak?

  Some people prefer the slightly increased buoyancy that float bags can give their kayak, but they are not a necessity.

  Can I add a second seat to my Predator K140 Kayak?

  Yu Meng does not recommend such a custom modification and we do not offer a retrofit kit. Please note that modifying the kayak in such a way could negate its warranty. In order to add a second seat, one would have to remove the solo seat arrangement and replace it with the Twin Otter seat set-up. However, installing the two seats will interfere with use of the cargo net and work deck, as well as foot pedals.

  Can a through-the-hull transducer be used in my kayak?

  No – the foam in the materials used to make the kayak throws off the transducer. so it will give a false reading. We recommend using a transducer that suctions to the bottom of the kayak.

  Can I use a scupper cart to transport my kayak?

  Due to potential hull damage and wear points that can be caused to scuppers during use, Yu Meng does not recommend the use of kayak scupper carts. Yu Meng recommends the use of cradle-style and other strap-style kayak carts.

  Which size scuppers fit my kayak?

  Download our Scupper Fit Guide to see which scupper stoppers and scupper valves fit your sit on top kayak.

  Why does my kayak have a small dimple or pitting in the stern tankwell?

  The small indent/pitting on your kayak in this location is not a blemish – it is a mold mark. It is an intentional marker that serves as a reference point for installing an access hatch after purchase.