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Old 01-27-2013   #11
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And Maravia uses tubular webbing.

Originally Posted by lhowemt View Post
I can't picture never fiddling with mine on a multiday though and I'd hate to have to get below the beavertail.
Why not cut a hole in the beavertail over the valve?

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Old 01-27-2013   #12
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Originally Posted by Wadeinthewater View Post
And Maravia uses tubular webbing.

Why not cut a hole in the beavertail over the valve?
I suppose you could, but you'd need two, and pushing the cap aside seems like it would just be a pain underneath a piece of wood. So I just run them up front, easy access.

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Old 01-28-2013   #13
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Soak the rope in some soapy water for 30 minutes melt the ends about 4 inches so they are like needles. Lace it up and forget about it. Seriously shouldn't take much time at all. Use to do couple a day and the rope is fine... You don't need webbing.
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Old 01-28-2013   #14
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Floor Rope

Originally Posted by otisfireboy View Post
Hello all, wondering what type of rope is used to lace in floors. Have not been able to find any info on the "buzz", Aire site, etc. I have an Aire 143R and want to swap the floor from front to back, so I can access valve when loaded with gear.

R Series boats are definitely a little different from front to back, we also put in a nice splash flap in the front that covers the lacing. To re-lace your floor you will need 2 pieces of 1/4" Solid braided polypro, each piece need to be about 475" long. You will also need a 2 cans of your favorite frosty beverage (maybe 3... )

Just a general FYI - All AIRE floors are symmetrical except for the E series boats. When we factory install floors ($125), we put the valve in the front of the raft. Most outfitters put the valve the in the back of the raft to be with the guide.

Here is a handy floor lacing how to video:

Let me know if you have any other questions!

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This is why I have an AIRE...... Great customer service, although you weren't open on Sunday (LOL)
Polypro..... Huh, well that's why I started this thread.
Thanks for the video, found it on your site and it's an awesome tutorial on how to lace your floor.

FYI, Install/swap time was about an hour and 2-24oz PBR's

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Old 01-28-2013   #16
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Webbing for Lace-in Floor

Originally Posted by David L View Post
I don't know about Aire, but Hyside recommends that flat webbing material, not circular rope.
Hey Guys,

We use Nylon "Hoopie" or "Tubular" webbing for our lace-in floors. Nylon beats polyester in durability and will last years longer in the sun. It does stretch more when wet, but we find the strengths outweigh that weakness.

The nylon webbing does appear flat, so "tubular" does seem like an odd terminology for it, however, if you were to cut the webbing in half and squeeze both ends together, you'd see it's actually a full circle, but it's laid flat to prevent wear.

What this creates is a double wear protection for the lacing. We actually double lace our floors too, which helps the webbing stay flat when sinched through the grommets.

#1 key to lacing a floor is to use Nylon webbing if you want it to last.
#2 keep the lacing flat when going through grommets, as any kinks or folds can cause premature wear.
#3 We recommend cutting the webbing in 4 sections. Much easier to lace 1/2 the boat tight, then the whole thing. Soak the webbing in a bucket of water as you lace it. This will allow you to sinch it tighter and will take the stretch out of the webbing, so once you're back on the water, your floor is still nice and tight.

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