Inflatable boat maintenance tips
The buoyancy tube of your inflatable boat is made of fabric using plastomer PVC or neoprene/hypalon rubber. Inflatable boat maintenance is easy but essential.
Clean it every month: (if used extensively) but recommended seasonally before storing for the winter.
NEVER USE STRONG DETERGENTS (ACID, TRICHLORETHYLENE, MINERAL SPIRIT) OR SILICONE-BASED PRODUCTS TO CLEAN YOUR INFLATABLE BOAT.
Inflate the buoyancy tube
- Open the self bailer and wash the boat with a hose to remove sand and other particles
- Remove the floor or floorboards where applicable
- Clean all grime, stains, etc (use products from your dealer if required)
- Check all inflatable sections for leaks, with foamy soap and water
- Rinse with fresh water and dry thoroughly
NEVER USE HIGH PRESSURE CLEANING EQUIPMENT. THIS MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE BOAT
When deflating your inflatable boat
- Check that the valves and gaskets are clean and not damaged
- Check to ensure the self bailer is not clogged
A 20% air pressure loss in a 24 hours period is normal.
Only address more serious air leakages: ie: .25 PSI in 5 hours
If you have a problem with an air leakage: first, check all valves are intact and in closed position (nothing clogging the valve).
Do not hesitate to contact your dealer.
Storage of your inflatable boat
When storing your inflatable boat, keep it in a clean and dry place that is not affected from major variations in temperature and other damaging environmental factors. You may store the boat deflated and rolled up or lightly inflated. If you own an inflatable with a removable tubeset, take it off for easier, more thorough cleaning. You may store the tubeset on or off the boat.
FOR LONG TERM STORAGE IN THE SUN (ESPECIALLY IN TROPICAL REGIONS), PROTECT YOUR BOAT WITH A COVER.
RODENTS CHEW ON FABRIC INCLUDING INFLATABLE BOAT MATERIAL. STORE AWAY FROM RODENTS (RATS AND MICE).