haw to take care of an Inflatable Boat


An inflatable boat is a real asset and a source of pride for those fishermen who possess it, and a dream for those who do not have it. Having your own watercraft gives almost unlimited opportunities in choosing a place for fishing. In comparison with conventional boats, the inflatable ones have huge advantages: the small size in a folded condition, accessibility, ease of operation. But for such products to serve for a long time and remain safe, you need to properly care for them.

What do you need to know what to do? Here are the main rules:

How to Clean an Inflatable Boat

These procedures should be performed after every fishing trip. Sand, dirt, algae residue, and other things have an abrasive effect on the surface of the boat. As a result, the material loses its strength, although it’s hard to notice it right away. Sand and dirt are especially dangerous at the seams, they need to be cleaned particularly carefully.

For cleaning, you can use both special and household detergents such as liquid soap, if their use is not prohibited by the instructions for use of the product. Rubber boats should never be cleaned with gasoline, acetone, or other solvents. It is best to wash with a soft sponge, possibly a car sponge. The first step is to clean the inside of the boat: the joints between the boards and the bottom, the bottom itself, the boards, and the bottom. Use as much water as possible to reduce the abrasive action of accumulated sand.

The boat should be dried in the shade, avoiding direct sunlight. In general, the time of exposure to the sun should be minimal.

How to Pack an Inflatable Boat

how to clean an inflatable boat

 It is advisable to deflate and pack the boat after full drying. For packaging, use a special bag or a bag that in most cases come with it. It is not recommended to make unnecessary efforts when folding and packing because excessive stress has an adverse effect on the material. The boat should fit into the bag or bag so that there is no empty space left. No other items should be placed in the bag.

How to Transport an Inflatable Boat

The boat can be transported inflated or deflated. In the first case, it is necessary to put something soft under the bottom to minimize the friction on the carriage or the trailer. If transporting a deflated boat in the trunk of a car, make sure there are no sharp objects near the boat and no objects that can damage it. Ideally, transport it separately from other luggage altogether to avoid contact that could result in friction or puncture.

How to Store an Inflatable Boat. 

If the boat has not been thoroughly washed and dried after fishing, this should be done as soon as possible after returning home. It should be dried completely before sending it for storage. It is best to store it indoors, out of direct sunlight, avoiding too high or low temperatures (the manufacturer’s recommended temperature is listed in the instructions), and in a loose position so that there is no pressure from above or to the sides.

By following these simple but important rules, you’ll prolong the life of your inflatable boat and always be sure it won’t let you down on another trip to the pond.

Have fun fishing!

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