- Maintenance & care
- How to clean and to dry the boat properly?
It's not difficult to do: • Clean and Dry your boat every time after you take it out of the water • After the boat is disassembled, wash the boat and its parts with a plenty of water and some soap • If the boat is too dirty - wash the boat using only soap and water. • DO NOT USE ANY SOLVENTS, ACIDS OR OTHER CHEMICALS WHICH ARE NOT APPROVED BY MANUFACTURER OF YOUR BOAT - it can damage the boat and you will loose the Warranty • To clean the boat use pieces of cotton fabric or cellular (sponge) to avoid the main material damage • Control your energy when you clean the boat - the fabrics are very sensitive to abrasion. Too active cleaning can harm it more than normal boat use. Do cleaning gently! • Always dry the boat after you wash it. In case it is impossible to do it directly after use - do it as soon as possible. In case the boat stays wet stored (especially in a warm place) - it can cause problems to wooden elements, laminations, paintings, anodizing, fabrics etc. • To avoid serious damage of your boat never dry it under strong direct sunlight, especially when it's inflated hard. Always deflate the boat to dry, leaving some air inside just to keep the form.
- Wooden parts care
All the wooden elements of inflatable boats are made of special marine grade plywood or wood, which are resistant to the influence of water. All of them are covered with marine paint or varnish or laminated. Marine paints or laminations are also very stable against water. While used a paint or a lamination can be destroyed somewhere, water comes inside the wooden part, and it starts swelling. If the plywood is a marine grade you have nothing to worry about - the layers of ply are glued together with water-resistant resins. Actually the damages of paint or lamination are not dangerous to your boat, but if you care about your boat lifetime and outlook - it's better to repair it.
For repair: - Inspect the condition of all wooden parts at the end of a season, and mark all the damaged places. - Leave all the damaged parts to dry somewhere in a well-ventilated and dry place. - Grind the damaged place and adjacent area with sand paper. - Paint all the damaged spots with 2-3 layers of a marine paint. For painting it's better to use two-component polyurethane paints, as they are the strongest and most wear-resistant.
- Metal parts & fittings care
There are three main metals, which are widely used on boats: stainless steel, brass and aluminum.Stainless steel is the best against corrosion and does not need any protective coating. Brass is also quite resistant against corrosion, but mainly all brass elements are nickel or chrome plated.Aluminum is not so corrosion resistant as stainless steel or brass, and protective plating is absolutely necessary for it. The most popular protection of aluminum parts is anodizing or powder-coating.
The best care for all these metals will be:
- keep them clean,
- avoid any contact with acidic and other agressive liquids,
- using in salt water, rinse them with fresh water on regularly
- regularly inspect the condition of the metal surface for any signs of corrosion or damages and restore the polish or protective coating of you discover any damages.