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Archive for October, 2011

Inflatable Boat Basic Repair Information and Procedures

posted by The Captain @ 11:06 AM
Thursday, October 20, 2011

If you are attempting to repair small rips or holes, or even adding small accessories to your inflatable boat; it is important to follow factory gluing instructions closely.

Rips or holes larger than one inch in the air chamber or within two inches of a seam should be repaired with internal and external patches by a professional repair technician at a certified repair facility. A quick patch repair may solve your problem for a short period of time, but we recommend you have it redone by a professional.

We recommend that major repairs and the addition of large accessories such as oar locks, seating or towing rings be done by a professional repair technician at a certified repair facility.

If your boat is still under warranty and you are experiencing a seam failure the wooden transom separating from the molded transom flanges or tubeset; or the fabric is turning yellow and sticky, call your dealer immediately. Defective seams or sticky fabric result in complete warranty coverage and you may receive a new boat for free or at a small prorated fee.

If you plan to attempt a small repair, click here for repair kit information, glue and more.

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Boating Safety Tips

posted by The Captain @ 10:41 AM
Thursday, October 20, 2011

Staying safe on the water is very simple. Failure to use your common sense while out on the water could put your life, and the lives of others in jeopardy.

Each year the Lifesavers Society of BC releases statistics on the number of drowning deaths. Last year along, a startling 85-90% of all people that died from drowning related incidents were males, and of that 40% of those deaths were attributed to boating incidents.

No matter how much boating experience you have, it is always a good idea to review boating safety tips before departing onto the water. Below is a list of safety tips:


- Always wear a lifejacket or personal floatation device.
- Avoid overloading your tube with too many passengers.
- Make sure to adhere to the max weight/seating capacity for your boat.
- Be aware of shorelines, buoys, or other objects or boats in the water.
- Never tow a tube from the wakeboard tower.
- Lastly: No drinking on the water.

The rules of the water have changed: make sure you have your boating licence and any other required documentation.

Remember, Be safe and have fun!

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Purchasing A Used Inflatable Boat or Kayak: Buying Tips

posted by The Captain @ 11:51 AM
Thursday, October 13, 2011

One of the biggest problems when shopping for a used inflatable boat, inflatable kayak or RIB, is how to tell if the craft meets your needs. Some inflatable boats or inflatable kayaks appear to look spartan and commercially orientated and therefore are unsuitable for family and sporting use, however, these inflatable boats may provide an excellent safe boat albeit without any luxuries.

Inflatable boats and kayaks are a great way to enjoy the waters without having to pay thousands of dollars. RIBs are generally a sound investment as used boat prices are very strong, thus making it a great financial investment over such boats as the GRP sport boats or traditional sport boats which tend to depreciate very quickly.

Buying a used inflatable boat, such as a RIB, can be very confusing at times, however, it is usually the mechanics of the engine and soundness of the trailer which require the most attention. Engine problems can be quite costly and having a thorough inspection on the inflatable boat before purchase could save you money.

Here are a few things we recommend you check when buying a used inflatable boat:

  • Check for major repairs to the buoyancy tubes. Half stuck patches may indicate an amateur repair and these should be attended to as soon as possible.
  • Careful inspection of the hull to tube attachments should show any problems in this area and common sense should prevail, however, check for tell-tale glue stains on the GRP and tube as this could indicate a previous problem that has been hastily repaired.
  • Check around the fuel tank for rust or old fuel as breakdowns at sea can often be attributed to polluted fuel.
  • Consider having the engine inspected by a professional before purchasing, as engine repairs can be quite costly.
  • Check to make sure the water pump is pumping through the correct volume of cooling water. Weak water flow is a good indicator that there might be a blocked outlet. If the pump is working incorrectly, overheating may have occurred and damage to the piston rings or bearings may have resulted.
  • As per usual, the trailer requires visual attention, paying particular attention to the draw bar and hitch, ensuring that the ball locking system is safe and operating correctly.
  • Wheel bearings and breaks, if fitted, are a major area for careful inspection. Breaks frequently become stiff or totally seized due to immersion in salt water and should be checked for correct rotation.
  • The trailers wheel bearings should also be checked; spin the wheel and listen for bearing noise/rumble. If the bearings are noisy, do not attempt to tow the boat without first replacing the bearings
  • Finally, inspect the winch, particularly the winch strap or wire.

Generally speaking, with used inflatable boats, what you see is what you get and there should be no reason to suppose that if the tubes and hull appear fair that there are any hidden problems; however, our recommended check list should help provide a guide to the main problem areas.

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What Type Of Fabric Is My Inflatable Boat Made Of?

posted by The Captain @ 10:58 AM
Thursday, October 6, 2011

This is an important question that we are asked almost daily.

One of the major components of repairing or painting your inflatable boat is knowing which type of fabric it is made of. This is important to know as there are different preparation methods that need to be completed before painting or repairing your inflatable boat.

Hypalon Fabric:

Traditionally hypalon fabric is assembled using hand glued seams. The 2 panels are glued, one overlapping the other. A good indicator that your inflatable boat is made of hypalon fabric is by scratching the fabric with your nail. If a scratch mark appears, your inflatable boat fabric is most likely made of hypalon fabric. You might also notice dried glue (browned from the sun) or small areas that are lifting and coming unglued.

PVC Fabric: (also known as Strongan Fabric)

PVC fabric is typically assembled using the Robotized hot assembly technique; where by two fabrics are “heat welded” between an exterior reinforcement band and an interior airtight band. What you end up seeing is the exterior band, with 2 borders.

Most PVC boats have some areas that are also glued on. These areas are often found around the transom, sometimes the floor and some small parts and handles too.

The basic difference between boat manufacturer’s fabric is the chemical composition of the materials used. This of course is a big factor when repairing your inflatable boat, as the two fabrics require different preparation before the glue adhesive can be applied. The two fabrics also require different glues for their repair process, making this information important to know before making your repair.

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