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Old 06-14-2009   #1
Fort Defiance, Arizona
Paddling Since: 1900
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Raft cleaning routine

I'm just wondering what people are doing when they get back from a trip to clean up there boat. I'm using a hypalon raft and it's getting pretty old and I just want to make sure I'm doing all I can to keep it going. Right now the routine is wash boat in soap an water, vacuum under tubes and roll lightly and store. Any other suggestions? Thanks!

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Old 06-15-2009   #2
Moab, Utah
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If you can avoid the rolling, would be nice. Had a Riken for 23 years, and it's still solid, doing the same. Stored ours in the carport, on a tarp as the concrete will wick a bit of moisture up to the boat. Take care of the old ones!

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Old 06-15-2009   #3
Salt Lake City, Utah
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I try and avoid detergent soaps if I can help it. I use Woolite to wash mine. I also use a generous application of 303 protectant twice a season. Last one before putting it up for the season. 303 Products - Aerospace Protectant, High Tech Fabric Guard -* World's Leading Automotive Care Products Get some of this stuff if you want your boat to last a good long time.

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Old 06-15-2009   #4
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I don't use any soap unless I am going to 303 it. Which I do 3-4 times a year.

Typically I just use a water hose and let'r dry real good. Then roll.
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