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Inflatable boat maintenance tips

posted by The Captain @ 3:11 PM
Sunday, October 3, 2010

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


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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)

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Inflatable boat glossary

posted by The Captain @ 3:06 PM
Sunday, October 3, 2010
  • ANCHOR FAIRLEAD: device that provides chafe protection on the bow of the boat and through which the anchor rode is lead.
  • BENCH SEAT: rigid plank on which to sit while rowing.
  • BILGE PUMP: electric pump to remove water from the hull.
  • BOLT ROPE (or flange): a flap of material containing a section of rope which is used to slide into a slot in the hull to hold a buoyancy tube in place (also used in a similar manner for attaching seat cushions).
  • BOTTOM OF THE HULL: The part of the hull that’s under water. Its form is a determining feature in the boat’s navigation capacity.
  • CAVITATION: a situation when the propeller gets air or insufficient bite in the water and loses its power. Can happen due to motor mounted too high, seas conditions and tight turns.
  • CHOPPY WATER: Agitated sea due to waves and wind coming from different directions.
  • COATING: interior and exterior covering of fabric by a flexible sub- stance. The interior layer assures air tightness, the exterior insures resistance to abrasion.
  • COCKPIT: the area of the boat occupied by passengers. Floor drains provide for removing accumulated water.
  • CONE REINFORCEMENT: rigid caps that provide protection for the ends of the buoyancy tubes.
  • DECITEX: weight measurement of the thread that constitutes the textile strength.
  • DECK: a horizontal platform on which you may stand. Large boats may have numerous decks.
  • D-RING: A ring whose metal part is D-shaped. Used especially when beaching and towing.
  • FLOOR: a surface on which you may stand. Floors may be slats in fabric sleeves, interlocking or hinged sections of wood, aluminum or composite materials, or fiberglass as in Ribs.

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  • HAND RAILING: profited grab rail for passengers to hold on to while navigating.
  • KEEL: (for a foldable boat) the inflatable lengthwise part found under the boat, between the boat bottom and the floor. The inflatable keel is a supplementary safety compartment.
  • LACING CUFF: a flap of material (usually positioned on top of the tube) through which life lines are lead. Lacing cuffs frequently act as upright reinforcements for the buoyancy tube.
  • LIFE LINE: line around the boat to help passengers keep steady while navigating and when boarding.
  • MOTOR BRACKET: physical part of the boat to which the engine is mounted.
  • MOTOR SHAFT: That part of an engine that goes from below the motor head to the propeller. This height is variable for a given horsepower, it can be short, long, or extra long.
  • OARLOCK: U-shaped, circular or other shape which holds the oar and secures it to the buoyancy tube permitting movement for rowing.
  • PLANE: Transitory phase during which the boat goes from pushing the water at low speed to sliding over it. Usually this phase is accompanied by porpoiseing as the boat overtakes its own bow wave.
  • PRESSURE GAUGE: measuring instrument that indicates the level of air pressure in the buoyancy tube.
  • RUBBING STRAKE: Composition of resistant flexible lateral bands that protect the boat from damage caused by rubbing (ie. against the dock).
  • SELF BAILER: device that permits accumulated water to exit the boat, while not permitting water to enter the boat. Usually, a plug wilt he used to close the self bailer when the boat is at rest, anchored or not operational.
  • STRINGER: aluminum lengthwise bars that lock the floorboard elements in place when mounted on the boat (foldable boats).
  • TILLER ARM: a lever with controls used to steer and throttle an outboard motor when a remote helm station is not used.
  • TRANSOM: structural component of the hull of the boat on which the motor or motor bracket is mounted.
  • TRIM TABS/TRIM FLAPS: extension of the bottom of the hull beyond the transom that aids in stability and planing.
  • WATER EVACUATION PLUG: found at lowest part of hull’s stern. It permits water to evacuate from inside the hull (boat out of the water).
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    Coast Guard info and websites

    posted by The Captain @ 3:04 PM
    Sunday, October 3, 2010

    The Coast Guard of any country is dedicated to reducing loss of life, injuries, and property damage that occur on waterways by improving the knowledge, skills, and abilities of recreational boaters. There is so much information, advice, tips, courses that you can find on a coast guard website. Here are the 2 main North American Coast Guards.

    U.S. Coast Guard

    Canadian Coast Guard

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    Inflatable boat general information

    posted by The Captain @ 2:55 PM
    Sunday, October 3, 2010

    Initially, inflatable boats were developed for use in the navy for transporting torpedoes and other cargo as well as other applications. Over time, recreational applications evolved for the smaller boats including pleasure, tender and fishing. When the stability, flotation and seaworthiness of inflatable boats became more known, lifesaving and rescue agencies around the world began using them as tenders on their larger vessels. Today, rescue and military agencies around the world use inflatable boats , particularly RIBs, for many applications inshore and offshore. Some of the many applications of inflatable boats today include:

    • Yacht tenders, pleasure boating, scuba diving, fishing and hunting, watersports
    • Search and rescue, emergency lifeboats, workboat applications, personnel ferrying, drug enforcement
    • Army/Navy transport, special military ops, security patrol, fisheries patrol, law enforcement
    • …and many other applications.


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    Now, there are many new manufacturers, new models and new designs to have hit the market. Inflatable boats are no longer a little dinghy on the back of a large pleasure yacht, but can range up to 45 ft in length and longer. “Rigid” hulls of fiberglass or aluminum have evolved from the original fabric floors, luxury components and even cabins now grace the decks of many inflatable boats. Contrary to the name, inflatable boat, on some inflatable boats of today the only thing inflatable is the collar around the perimeter gunwales of the deck however, the inflatable boat lives on and becomes more popular year after year. View inflatable boat products, accessories and other innovative boat and marine products here.


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    Inflatable boat history. Where did they come from?

    posted by The Captain @ 2:49 PM
    Sunday, October 3, 2010

    According to the Guiness Book of Motorboating, the history of the inflatable boat goes back as far as 880 BC, when the Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II ordered troops to cross a river using greased animal skins, which they inflated continuously to keep the vessels afloat. In ancient China, during the Sung and Ming dynasties, inflated, airtight skins were used for crossing rivers.

    It was 1839, however, that the first inflatable boat pontoons were tested by the Duke of Wellington. In 1840, the Englishman Thomas Hancock designed inflatable craft and described this work in “The Origin and Progress of India Rubber Manufacture in England” published a few years later. In 1844, a Lieutenant Halkett designed a round-shaped inflatable bloat which was used in several Arctic expeditions.

    The Frenchman Clement Ader devised a floating vessel too. Indeed, many other pioneers invented craft that foreshadowed “inflatables”. In 1913, the German Albert Meyer came up with a fairly novel design. By 1920, his company, A. Meyer Bau Pneum. Boote, was marketing his “pneumatic” boats, of which nine were already in use by the German Army. In France and Great Britain, Zodiac and RFD claim paternity of the first modern inflatable boat. In 1919, RFD’s founder Reginald Foster Dagnall tested an inflatable on Lake Wisely in England, and went on to improve its design in the 1930s. This boat was the ancestor of the one-person inflatable liferaft.


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    In France, Pierre Debroutelle came up with a prototype for an inflatable boat in 1934. The first boat of its kind to be certified by the French Navy, Zodiac’s model probably sparked the development of the civil and military inflatable boat industry. Unlike its counterparts, the boat improved by Pierre Debroutelle in 1937 was actually designed in a U-shape, with the two lateral buoyancy chambers connected by a wooden transom patented on August 10, 1943. This version was the direct predecessor of today’s inflatable sports and pleasure boats. Since then many new manufacturers, new models and new designs have hit the market.

    Inflatable boats are no longer a little dinghy on the back of a large pleasure yacht, but can range up to 45 ft in length and longer. “Rigid” hulls of fiberglass or aluminum have evolved from the original fabric floors, luxury components and even cabins now grace the decks of many inflatable boats. Contrary to the name, inflatable boat, on some inflatable boats of today the only thing inflatable is the collar around the perimeter gunwales of the deck however, the inflatable boat lives on and becomes more popular year after year.

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