- Transport & storage
- Which is the best trailer for inflatable boat?
The preferable way to transport rigid boats or even foldables is using a trailer. With the right trailer all the manipulations with the boat become very safe and easy.
How to choose the right trailer? Just some advises : • The trailer size and carrying capacity should correspond to your boat size and weight. Check the manual of your boat for exact parameters. It's not a good idea to choose the bigger ones than necessaty as they are heavier and more difficult to handle. • Choose the trailers with large banks instead of rollers. Roller trailer can damage your boat as the cotact ares of the roller with boat is very small. Rollers are acceptable only along the keel line of the boat. • Adjust the rollers or banks to fit the shape of the boat. Keel line is the best area for contact as normally it is the strongest place of a hull. • Better buy a heavy-duty trailer with heavy-duty springs, larger wheels and heavily galvanized for marine use. After you get a right trailer there are some advice for use:
• The boat must be properly inflated. • Haul the boat onto the trailer using the bow eye on RIBs, or lateral towing eyes on foldables. • Lift the engine shaft down and fix it to the support provided on a trailer. • Leave the self-bailer open. • Tie down the boat with straps securely and tightly, using bow, lateral and rear eyes for that. • In case of a long distance carriage close the boat with the overall cover in order to avoid the abrasion or damage of the tube and the hull with dust and stones on the way.
- How to fold the boat for storage?
For proper boat storage: • deflate the boat and remove everything what can be removed: floorboards, seats, oars etc.
• clean and dry your boat • close the oarlocks pins with caps to avoid damaging the tubes • open all inflation valved and let the air to go out as much as possible • fold transom towards bow and collapse tubes onto transom • fold the tubes inside the boat • fold the boat body from bow to the transom (there can be some folds) • fold transom onto bow folds • press the folded boat by yourself or leave it for 5-10 min with something heavy on it to remove the rest of air out of the boat • tie the folded boat with a rope or strap. For RIB boats the recommendations are similar: fold the tube onto the hull and make sure you protect the perimeter of the boat against the tube damage. Always do not forget to leave all the inflation valves open, when you pack the boat.
- In-water boat storage
In-water storage of a boat during the season time is very popular. For proper in-water storage follow some simple rules: • securely fix your boat to your dock. Learn some easy marine knots to fix the boat properly • always leave the self-bailer open • lift and tighten the engine • remove the fuel tank and oars from the boat and store them separately • do not forget to cover your boat with an Overall Cover. It is better to use the original Overall cover! • if you expect the boat to stay in water for a long time - decrease a little the pressure in the tube and other inflated parts: it will minimize the risk of boat damage as the result of a thermal pressure increase.