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Old 03-24-2009   #1
Laramie, Wyoming
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Aire boat drying/cleaning

I'm trying to help a buddy out with his new Tributary IK. The Aire site is pretty vague with what they specifically recommend with cleaning and drying of their boats. After a Salt Trip last week we've got the boat loosely inflated with all zippers open. There's a little bit of sand in the self bailing seam and a really small amount of sand/dirt in against the bladders. What do you other Aire boat owners do to avoid mildew, cleaning etc, for day trips as well as long term storage? Thanks

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Old 03-24-2009   #2
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PM Cayo2 - he has done this before I believe with his IK's

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Old 03-24-2009   #3
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I use so,e hot water a little touch of dish soap scrub and then rinse the hell out of it with a hose just be nice to the bladder when spraying let it dry out and loosley roll throw a strap on it and store in a cool dry place. Near the furnace might be a bad spot. Just use common sense and be nice to it. This is my method for my trib 13sb
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Old 03-24-2009   #4
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Say what Jen?It is normal to be overly concerned with maintainance with a new boat but really you can beat the hell out of them and put them away wet.General rules of thumb don't roll them up too tight,keep it out the sun when not using,check not to roll it up with anything sharp or abrasive,keep away from chemicals,if inflated on a car be aware of changes in heat or altitude that can over expand the tubes [bleed some air off].Checking inside the zippers every so often to remove sand/gravel is a good idea maybe you need to do this more often with a Tributary since the tubes are PVC[? ]not Uerathane like Aire's,but probably not every time.If you have room they recommend leaving it blown up about 2/3rds 3/4 ers of the way.Hope that helps.
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Old 03-24-2009   #5
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Let dry inflated, roll, put on shelf.

zippers should only be opened in case of repair or deep cleaning (lots of sand or grit). Keep some dish soup and pliers in your repair kit. Water and lots of soap on the zipper before you open it or close it. I also use a key ring instead of using the tab piece on the zipper. Attach pliers or rope/string to the ring and pull with enough force to separate. One way is easier than the other( I don't remember if it's opening or closing), and having 2 people helps a lot.
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Old 03-25-2009   #6
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I own a couple AIRE's and when I purchased my first direct from the company they told me to AVOID opening the zippers, unless I was going to dry it out for long term storage.

During the season, I'm able to rinse them out fairly well without opening the zippers. I can stick a garden hose into the bailing holes above and under the floor and get 95%+ flushed out. On the Lynx, there is a slit at the end of each of the side tubes by the bra's. I'm able to incline the boat and flush everything from one end of the out the slits on the other end. On a Trib Tomcat you'll have to loosen the bra straps to access the side tubes. Next, I have someone squeeze the slit shut on one end and I flood the tubes and the water can only go through the zippers cleaning them out. This only takes a few minutes once you get it down.

I then hang the boat from the bow or stern (vertical) from my garage rafters and most of the water drains out. If drying horizontal the water just sits in the tubes.

I do open the zippers with lots of water/soap as mentioned above at the end of each season to dry everything out for winter storage.

I also have a small shop vac that is for my boats only and has never been used to vacuum anything (clean). The large hose fits right over the Leafield valves and fills or deflates in seconds. I also have a small round attachment that allows be blow air into the slits and dry my boats out or just blow out the nooks before putting them away.

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Old 03-26-2009   #7
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Good point about keeping the zippers lubed and keeping that ring that keeps them from separating on.You should apply 303 protectant to your boat like once a year,a raft repair specialist said you just spray it on the zippers to lube them.I have had my first boat a Lynx I bought used since 95',don't use it much now but probably did 500 runs in it with mediocre maintainance and a few patches but still works fine ,no problems.Get the foot braces and thigh straps if it doesn't come with them,huge difference in performance.

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