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Old 06-14-2011   #1
Boise, Idaho
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Tributary 9.5 surfing

Driving to San Diego for a party over the 4th...wondering if saltwater would hurt the trib 9.5 SB as I want to take it to the ocean for some epic surfing action. Any opinions on AIRE vs Salt?

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Old 06-14-2011   #2
fort collins, Colorado
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Call aire. they are always super helpful when I have called in the past

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Old 06-15-2011   #3
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the pvc will be fine, just make sure to wash it really well as soon as you can. the main worry is the floor. my tomcat has open holes on the floor (part of the bailing holes) that lead into the space where the floor aire cell is. you'll inevitably get sand in there. if you don't wash it out well the sand can rub a hole in the aire cell. with a tomcat duckie it's easy enough to just pull the cell out and hose it down, should be the same with a bigger boat, and probably a good idea to do to the tubes too, fine sand can really mess things up worse than river pebbles... and the 3 times i've emailed or called aire for some tips they still haven't gotten back to me, but still worth the try i guess. good luck and have fun. sounds like a blast
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What Ben said. I would unzip the entire floor and wash out the sleeve / bladder completely, and as soon as possible. After a trip down the Green a few weeks ago my floor had a good 2-3 lbs of fine sand between the bladder and the floor. Probably not as convenient to get into the tube bladders too, but it's probably a good idea to at least stick a hose through an opening in the zipper and give it a good rinsing.
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Old 06-17-2011   #5
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After many fishing trips to AK I'll say that the saltwater could do a real number on your zippers.
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